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Born: 1962 03 14
Died: 2020 05 26

Heritage Practitioner

It is with great sadness that APHP has learned of the passing of Dr Elzet Albertyn. Dr Albertyn was one of the first heritage practitioners in the Western Cape working as a consultant after the enactment of the National Heritage Resources Act (NHRA) in 1999. She was a cultural historian by training, with a deep love of architecture and historic buildings. Her doctorate on the architecture of Paarl between the two world wars of the 20th century is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of South African architectural development in the 20th Century. She lived in Paarl for most of her life and played a central role in the work of the Paarl 300 Foundation for many years.

She was a professional in every sense of the word - often collaborating with colleagues; generous with her knowledge and insight; and above all modest. She will be remembered for her meticulous research, her understanding of the complexities of heritage value and issues, her work ethic, high standard of reporting and, of course, her great sense of style.

(Obituary published by Association of Professional Heritage Practitioners, submitted by William Martinson)