Read more about Van Riebeecks Hedges. This hedge of wild almonds was planted in the year 1660 A.D. by order of Commander Jan van Riebeeck to mark the southern frontier of the Cape Colony, from Kirstenbosch along Wynberg Hill, to a point below the Hen and Chickens Rocks. Thence the hedge was continued by a fence of poles across the camp ground to the mouth of the Salt River........ So youâ€™re related to Charlemagne? You and every other living Europeanâ€¦ by Adam Rutherford. Irish parish registers online for the first time. Irish baptism and marriage records dating back to the 1740â€™s can now be accessed on the web free of charge thanks to a major digitization project. Find out how.