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'Farmer Peeks' Hotel. Muisenberg, 1857 - 1879

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3059A/29

Scope and Contents

166 x 128 mm. (oval print). Showing the thatched single storey buildings of Farmer Peek's Hotel at Muisenberg. Additional annotations by C.W. Busk are as follows: 'This well-known Inn has been replaced by a more pretentious modern building (1914) but the sign board (seen near the corner) has been preserved and is displayed in the hall of the modern building. There was a turn-pike gate near here. The situation is just where the Cape Town-Simonstown road reaches the shore of False Bay. The whole neighbourhood is a large fashionable seaside resort, joining on to Kalk Bay. The road to Cape Town is on the left; sea behind the hotel'. And:

'Multum in parvo, pro bono publico
Entertainment for man and beast all of a row.
Lekker kost as much as you please,
Excellent beds without any fleas.

Nos patriam Fugimus now we are here
Vivamus, let us live by selling beer.
On donne aboire et a manger ici,
Come in and try, whosoever you be.'

Lines inscribed on the old signboard at Farmer Peek's wayside inn at Muisenburgh near Kalk Bay on the Cape Toen-Simon's Bay road by two midshipmen walking back to their ship who stayed the night there and had no money to pay their bill, so designed a signboard and wrote these lines on it. The original hostelry has been replaced by a more modern building and the signboard has been removed and hung inside the entrance hall. C.W.B. 1914 June.'


  • Creation: 1857 - 1879


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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition, apart from slight yellowing.



Date information

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Finding aid date

2003-04-01 15:09:18+00:00

Includes index.

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