Heritage Hill Estate
A rich legacy lingers on at Heritage Hill
The name Heritage Hill was carefully chosen to be reminiscent of the way people dwelled in this area since 1841 and
shaped our place as we live here presently. The rich legacy of our past is the foundation of the future we are busy
shaping for generations yet to come.
The history of Heritage Hill started in the Cape with a young adventurer named Pieter Erasmus that arrived in Cape
Town in 1688 and settled on a farm “Groenkloof” in Drakenstein aged just 19. He married Maria Elisabeth Joosten in
1691 and they had 6 children. He was the first of the Erasmus clan to initially respond to a healthy pioneering
wanderlust before his descendant, Daniel Jacobus Erasmus, finally staked a claim on the land that is present day
Pretoria and the greater geographical perimeter that defines our capital.
To trace the whereabouts of one person or a whole family, one should employ the research archives of our country.
In the Cape Colony, the Field Cornets had to compile Citizen Rolls annually to show who stayed where and what the
taxable assets were. Information is also obtained from the marriage and baptism registers of the churches and local
authority records. With the Great Trek, the appointed magistrates had to record the applications for farms along the
routes in the Potgieter I and II registers now stored in the National Archives in Pretoria. The same meticulous
register system was used when a new person applied for a piece of land for farming in the Transvaal. Each farm was
measured (3000 morgen) and the Field Cornet was there to record the 4 corners of the property.
In 1841, the Erasmus family arrived in the area that would later become Centurion. Daniel Jacobus Erasmus, aka
Daniel “Swartkoppies”, settled on the farm that he named Zwartkop. He was prompted to move to this area by his eldest
son, Daniel Elardus Erasmus, who investigated this area in 1831 while he was hunting elephants in the Limpopo Valley.
Daniel Elardus Erasmus was impressed with the good grazing for the herds of cattle, the rivers and the absence of
poison in the veld nor malaria that plagued his family in Ohrigstad. He settled on 3000 morgen next to his father’s
farm and named it Doornkloof. In 1836 his best friend, Andries Pretorius, also became his neighbour, when Pretorius
settled on the farm next to Daniel Elardus Erasmus. This farm was known as "die Kerkplaas" - where Church Square in
Pretoria is today. His farm became the communal meeting place and so, the city of Pretoria was established.
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