News Summer 2017 – Sir Charles Henry Darling

We were deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Noël Duckitt. Although the newer members of the Museum Committee did not know her personally, we certainly knew of her and her contribution to the museum over the years.

Noël Duckitt, neé Piper, was born and grew up in Grahamstown. She passed away at Groeneweide on 29th January at the age of ninety-four, her twin brother having passed away a few years ago. She was a highly competent nursing sister ending her nursing career as a matron in the Mowbray Maternity hospital before marrying Tim Duckitt from Alexanderfontein Farm. After selling the farm they retired to the village where they lived in High Street for many years.

Noël was an organizer and a hard worker. She was a perfectionist who took her duties very seriously and always went the extra mile. Noël was a leader intimately involved in village activities. She served on many committees including The Presbyterian Women’s Association, The Town Council and the Women’s Agricultural Association. She was the first Female Elder of the Darling Presbyterian Church and a founder member of the Darling Museum where she was a committee member for many years.

Noël was an asset to the community. We are grateful for the leadership role she played in everything she undertook. Her dignified presence will be missed. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Charles and Tracy from Yzerfontein, daughter Anne Theron, three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.


There were several fun happenings at the museum during the latter few months of 2017. We contributed a scarecrow in the form of Sir Charles Henry Darling to the Darling Fest at the end of October. He was auctioned off and graced the grounds of Evita se Perron following the festival. A group of Darling residents also participated in a painting spree in the car park opposite the museum. Formerly drab concrete benches, tables and a bare wall, were transformed into something bright and cheerful. The final fundraising event for the year was the car boot sale held in the car park. There were a variety of interesting stalls and our sincere thanks to all those who participated, either as stallholders or buyers.


The museum has a variety of items which are available to rent. These comprise:
Plastic chairs
Trestle tables and square tables
Wine glasses
Data projector and screen
Should you be planning a private function and would like to rent any of these items, please contact Diane at the museum on 022 492 3361.


Reserve this Date:

Wednesday 28th March (18h30 for 19h00) — Museum AGM followed by an informal talk by John Duckitt. John will be bringing along some of his family’s personal memorabilia and he will chat to us about the history of the items. This will be followed by snacks and refreshments.

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