Sir William Hoy is probably the most loved icon to have ever set foot in the sleepy seaside town of Hermanus in the Western Cape. His story goes far beyond this little town, with his greatest achievements giving him countless honours during World War I, but this story is how his love for this town made it the ideal place for a science station of global importance.
Hermanus Station - one of the only stations in South Africa with no train tracks. The lack of railways in Hermanus makes it an ideal location for a magnetic observatory.
It all revolves around a train station in Hermanus, a town that has no trains and no railways at all.Born in Scotland in 1868, Sir William Hoy left school at the age of 12, and became a clerk at the North British Railway in Edinburgh. In 1890, he was inspired by a recruiting officer of the Cape Government Railways to apply for work in Cape Town, a place he was already greatly in love with.