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Totius House - now Museum
Potchefstroom, North West

Date:1905
Type:Homestead
Status:Adaptive re-use
Street:1 Calderbank Avenue

 


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Coordinates:
26°40'29.85" S 27°05'47.15" E Alt: 1352m

The Totius House was the residence of the poet, Totius, who as Prof JD du Toit was rector of the Theological School of the Reformed Church and its Literary Department from 1911. The house was built in 1905 for Prof Jan Lion Cachet. The Du Toit family lived in the house till 1924. Most of the furniture in the museum was donated by the Du Toit family. It includes a harmonium (house organ) which Totius used when he rhymed the Psalms in Afrikaans and a dining room suite, which he brought from Holland in 1903 after he had studied there. The house was declared a National Monument and the museum opened in 1977.

(The Heritage Portal, accessed 2022 06 21)