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The Louw Museum

Sutherland is the birth place of the two very famous poets and writers N.P. Van Wyk Louw and W.E.G Louw. One can only relate in Afrikaans to try and understand their passion for the town and its people.

Just outside town is a large dam of which N.P. writes:

'Nog eenmaal wil ek in die skemeraand
Weer op ons dorp en by ons dorpsdam staan,
Weer met my rek op in die donker skiet,
En Luister, en al word ek seer en dof,
Hoe die klien klippe ver weg in die riet
Uit donker in die donker water plof.'

When he studied in Amsterdam, he always longed to be back in his birth place:

'Ek staan weer by 'n wit poel
Waar die wintermiddag sneeu
En ek is klein en hoor verskrik
'n jakkals uit die rante skreeu'

At the end of his life as he looked back to his youth, he said:

'Om in so 'n omgewing van dorp en plaas kind ta wees, is ontrent die rykste skat wat 'n mens 'n kind kan gee. Ek word ongeduldig as ek hoor praat van die "beperkhuid, die eentonigheid" van hierdie soort lewe... So "verstoke van alle kulturele geriewe"
Vir die ontvanklike kind, 'n kind met verbeelding, is dit 'n ryk, 'n oorvol lewe.'

The Louw Musuem houses several items of interest such as the old "lykswa" which was used from 1912 to 1950 and is really worth a visit.


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