01 October 2022

History of Milnerton, Cape Town

The old Wooden Bridge (in daily use) - Woodbridge Island  (Circa 1977)

The Wooden Bridge (in daily use) - WoodBridge Island  (Circa 1977)
 From The History of Milnerton by Eric Rosenthal Page 59 (Photo: Johan Du Plessis)

Suburb of Milnerton, Cape Town
The Cape Town suburb of Milnerton was established in 1902 on the site of the old farm, Janbiesjeskraal, and was named in honour of Sir Alfred Milner, Cape Governor 1897-1901. The railway line from Milnerton Junction reached Milnerton on 22 September 1904.
Source: SA History Museum


History of Milnerton by Eric Rosenthal (1980)

Free PDF Book Download: History of Milnerton >>

Book / PDF Book Chapters

  • Township in the Wilderness 
  • Wartime Worries 
  • Sales Campaign 
  • The Coming of the Railway 
  • An Old Time Outing 
  • A Rugby 'Ground' and other Schemes 
  • A Racecourse is Born 
  • Travelling Salesmen 
  • Better Times 
  • Shaping a Community 
  • The First World War and After 
  • Housing Schemes 
  • The First Local Board 
  • The 'Winton' 
  • A Leap Forward 
  • Another World War 
  • Chances for Ex-Soldiers 
  • Scheme for a Municipality 
  • The New Town 
  • Municipal Advance 
  • Table View and other Expansion 
  • Residential Growth 
  • Civic Spirit 
  • Black, Brown and White 
  • Planning Ahead 
  • Milnerton – Today 

Published by the Milnerton Municipality

Design and Art Direction Credit: Bob Baker, Cape Town

Colour Photography (Image Credit): Johan du Plessis, Cape Town

Draft Plan (with Images) for The Milnerton Wooden Bridge, Woodbridge Island 2008
The Wooden Bridge (Erf 20315 Milnerton) Heritage Statement & Conservation Management Plan Prepared in Compliance with Section 27 of the National Heritage Resource Act Act (NHTA) June 2008 View Draft Plan >>

Milnerton, Cape Town Historical Society Facebook Group 

Image from The History of Milnerton by Eric Rosenthal (1980)
Historic Milnerton Map

Woodbridge Island Milnerton Cape Town Today

Woodbridge Island Bridges View 

Milnerton Lighthouse Woodbridge Island View 

Table Mountain Cape Town From Milnerton View

Poor Water / Sewage Management into the Milnerton Lagoon  / Woodbridge Island View

The Wooden Bridge Today - Woodbridge Island, Milnerton Cape Town (Photo: Vernon Chalmers)
The old Wooden Bridge - Woodbridge Island, Milnerton Cape Town (Photo: Vernon Chalmers)

Canon Photography Training Milnerton Woodbridge Island | Kirstenbosch Cape Town

Introduction to Photography: Training Sessions Cape Town

Introduction to Canon Photography Training / Skills Development

Introduction to Photography: Training Sessions Cape Town
Introduction to Photography: Training Sessions Cape Town / Cape Peninsula

Canon EOS / EOS R / PowerShot Camera / Photography Training
For taking self-satisfying and quality (nature) photos with your Canon EOS DSLR camera it is required to have a reasonable understanding of photography fundamentals and to know your way around your camera / lens settings.

Photography Training Cape Town / Cape Peninsula
Vernon Chalmers is now offering Canon Camera / Photography Training to individuals who are keen to learn more about:

  • Canon camera functions, menu settings and controls 
  • Exposure fundamentals (Aperture / ISO / Shutter Speed) 
  • Shooting Modes (Automatic vs P / Av / Tv / M Modes) 
  • Understanding Canon EF and EF-S lenses (for EOS cameras) 
  • Image Stabilisation (IS) and camera shake (using a tripod / monopod) 
  • Portrait and landscape photography (focal lengths, aperture and lens selection) 
  • Close-up / Macro photography (focal lengths, aperture and lens selection) 
  • Low light / flash photography (on-camera vs Canon Speedlite hot shoe flash) 
  • Long exposure / low light photography
  • Canon APS-C (crop sensor) vs. full frame cameras 
  • JPG vs RAW file formats (if required) 
  • Memory cards, downloading and computer post-processing software 
  • New camera trends / camera and lens buying decisions 

The private / individual photography training are also aimed at individuals contemplating the upgrade decision from a Canon compact / bridge camera to a Canon EOS / EOS R Full Frame or APS-C camera. Content and presentation will be arranged around specific photography and camera requirements.

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Tailored Photography Training in Milnerton / Kirstenbosch Garden

Specific cost / duration will be determined during an initial needs-analysis. Field trips are generally arranged around Woodbridge Island, Cape Town (for specific applications and genres). Practical training around Kirstenbosch Garden can also be accommodated. Herewith a recent Canon Camera / Photography Tutoring Cape Town training programme.

Introduction to Advanced Photography Workshops Cape Town & Kirstenbosch

Setting for one-on-one demonstration: Discussion and camera / photography demonstration across a table setting (with downloads to computer). Small group pricing negotiable.


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Vernon Chalmers Introduction to Photography Workshops Cape Town
Long Exposure Photography - Canon EOS 700D

Vernon Chalmers Introduction to Photography Workshops Cape Town
Long Exposure Photography - Canon EOS 700D

Vernon Chalmers Introduction to Photography Workshops Cape Town
Close-Up / Macro Photography - Canon EOS 700D

Vernon Chalmers Introduction to Photography Workshops Cape Town
Action  / Motor Racing Photography - Canon EOS 700D

Vernon Chalmers Introduction to Photography Workshops Cape Town
Birds in Flight Photography Canon EOS 70D


Vernon Chalmers Photography Workshops Cape Town
Event / Fashion Photography - Canon EOS 70D
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Vernon Chalmers Photography Private Training / Workshops Cape Town
  • Canon EOS Autofocus / AI Servo Master Class Cape Town More
  • Bird / Flower Photography Training Kirstenbosch More
  • Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Canon Speedlite / Ring Lite Flash Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Digital Workflow / Lightroom Post-Processing Workshop Cape Town More
Canon Photography Training Milnerton Woodbridge Island | Kirstenbosch Cape Town

Photography Training Rates Cape Town

Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Rates Cape Town / Cape Peninsula

Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Rates Cape Town
Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Rates Cape Town / Cape Peninsula

Photography Training Cost / Rates Milnerton, Woodbridge Island / Kirstenbosch, Cape Town

* Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Rates

* Learning Photography in the Comfort of your own Home / Garden  (Cape Peninsula)

Cost-effective photography training for assisting the new and more advanced Canon photographer developing specific camera / photography skills. 

From R750 for Canon EOS / EOS R camera per training session (up to four hours). Canon PowerShot owners are welcome to contact me for specific training requirements.

Or more cost-effectively:

R2 000 for three sessions (up to four hours each).

Adobe Lightroom Post-Processing Training More >>

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Flexible Canon EOS / Photography Training Offering More Hours More >>

Please Note: Most training sessions are one-on-one / private instruction. From time to time there could be more than one delegate during a practical application, but the objective is to offer one-on-one training to all delegates. All training sessions will be discussed with individual delegates.

Photography Training Locations:
Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Studio Arnhem Milnerton (opposite Woodbridge Island). Photography practical around Woodbridge Island or Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (for generally small birds and flowers).

International Pricing
Please Contact Me direct for Dollar / International Pricing.

Practical shooting sessions can be worked into the training.

Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Rates Milnerton Cape Town
Photography Fundamentals / Camera Settings / Application

A typical one-on-one training programme of three training sessions (excluding Adobe Lightroom Training and Canon Speedlite Flash Training) is equal to a minimum of 15 hours (3 x 5 hours) will be R2 000.


Lightroom Training and Canon Speedlite Flash Training = 2 sessions of 5+ Hours

Visit individual training genres for more detailed description and costing detail.

Costing Example - Birds in Flight Photography Private Training Classes Cape Town 3 Sessions
R2 000 per delegate. This to be inclusive of up to a minimum of 15 hours theory / settings training and a practical shoot around Woodbridge Island. Or any combination of theory and practical sessions.

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Accommodation for Photographers
Vernon Chalmers photography training is facilitated from a self-catering apartment in Arnhem, Milnerton (opposite Woodbridge Island) with an option for local and international photographers to overnight during the various training sessions. Optional accommodation will be calculated at reduced rates into the Photography Training Proposal / Invoicing. More Information

Private Photography Training Rates Cape Town - Vernon Chalmers Photography Training
Canon Birds in Flight Photography Training
Proposals / Invoicing / Payment
Prospective delegates will receive a pro-forma training proposal / invoice. EFT payment is due after confirmation of learning areas and invoice acceptance. 

Private Training Classes Venue Milnerton, Cape Town
All Vernon Chalmers one-on-one / private training is facilitated in Arnhem Milnerton (opposite Woodbridge Island) is a fully equip training studio apartment with access to a range of Canon EOS Full Frame / APS-C bodies and consumer / professional Canon lenses. Google Map: Vernon Chalmers Photography Training

Bird / Flower Photography Training Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Vernon Chalmers

Adobe Lightroom Training Classes Milnerton, Cape Town
The Milnerton, Cape Town studio is also equip with a high-performance workstation computer (with two Samsung 24" LED monitors) for Adobe Lightroom Classic CC training (and demonstrating various external drive / Lightroom Catalog management options).

Canon Photography Private Training Classes Milnerton, Cape Town
  • Introduction to Photography / Canon Cameras More 
  • Birds and Flower Photography Kirstenbosch More
  • Canon EOS Autofocus / AI Servo Training More
  • Birds in Flight / Bird Photography Training More
  • Canon Speedlite / Ring Lite Flash Photography More
  • Macro / Close-Up Photography  More
  • Landscape / Long Exposure Photography  More
  • Digital Workflow / Lightroom Post-Processing More


Close-Up Flower Photography Courses Workshops Classes Milnerton Cape Town Vernon Chalmers Photography
Canon EOS R : Close-Up / Macro Photography Training
Ongoing Photography Training Support
Free online ongoing photography support Cape Town (Canon EOS bodies only)

All Canon EOS DSLR bodies / Autofocus Training

  • Canon Full-Frame Bodies (DSLR / Mirrorless)
  • Canon APS-C DSLR / Mirrorless (Crop Sensor) Bodies
  • Canon RF /  EF / EF-S or Compatible Lenses

More Private Photography Training Cape Town Information
Visit the Photography Workshops Cape Town page.

Contact Vernon Chalmers Photography Cape Town
Contact Me direct for specific information.


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Photography Gift Voucher Options at Milnerton, Woodbridge Island, Kirstenbosch and private location in Cape Town / Western Cape.
Photography Training Gift Vouchers Cape Town

Photography Training Gift Voucher Costs
Training sessions are generally between three and four sessions (of up to 5 hours per session) and range from R950 to R1 250. These rates / sessions are only applicable for Gift Vouchers and will be valid for one year.

Photography Gift Voucher Options at Milnerton, Woodbridge Island, Kirstenbosch and private location in Cape Town / Cape Peninsula.

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Milnerton Self Catering Accommodation Gift Vouchers
Milnerton Self Catering Accommodation Gift Vouchers

Self Catering Accommodation Gift Vouchers Cost
Min of two nights at Blu-C Self Catering Apartment Minerton (opposite Woodbridge Island) for one or two people. Price per person per night is R400-00 per person per night (minimum of two nights). Can be combined with photography training. Contact me for discussing requirements. Accommodation Gift Vouchers are valid for one year and will be subject to accommodation availability.

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