Many travellers, rush through the Karoo to get to their destination, little knowing that carefully scattered in these plains are treasures telling stories of prehistoric times, of travellers hundreds of years ago, of pioneers who settled here and people who treasured what this wonderful land gave them in hard times and in happy times.
If we want to learn something about ourselves and the amazing history locked up in little towns all our country, we need to stop and listen
At the foot of the Coetzee Mountains in the Karoo, lies the town of Pearston.
Like many towns in the Eastern Cape, the church played a pivotal role in the establishment of the town. Since 1850 church services were held in the open under a large pear tree on the farm Rustenburg, then the property of Mr Casper Lötter. The services were held and Communion celebrated by the minister of the parish of Somerset East.
On 11 September 1858 the following notice was published in the Kerkbode, the official publication of the Dutch Reformed Church: " Men is voornemens aan de Vogelrivier, halfweg tuschen Graaff-Reinett en Somerset een dorpen the stichten, waaraan reeds the naam Pearston is gegeven. Die verkopen van erven ten behoewe van de kerk, heeft ongeveer £10,000 sterling opgebracht, waaruit na betaling van den koopschat van der plaats, man in staat sal zyn ene kerk en pastorie te bouwen."