The entire time that the d’Assonville family lived in the stone building, it was a small centre of Afrikaans cultural life for the whole community along the Vaal River.
The weekly mail from Oranjeville (19 km away) always included Afrikaans newspapers and magazines. Die Burger, Die Volksblad, Die Vaderland, Die Huisgenoot, Die Brandwag and the Huisvrou were always familiar friends to the family.
A good Dutch piano occupied an honoured place in the lounge (to the left of the front door) and the mother (whose grave is nearby) played it regularly. For the children living on the farmstead, the music of the piano was an often familiar sound among the farm sounds.
There were many books in the house, including excellent dictionaries, encyclopedias and other reference books. They were mainly English as works of this nature did not exist in Afrikaans at the time. Victor d’Assonville was a researcher and often left in the middle of a meal to fetch his Oxford Dictionary to get clarity on a word – a memorable occurrence for the children. There was even an excellent medical book – something that was also much needed at the time. The fact that books were actually written in that house has already been recounted.
Two interesting portraits hung in the dining room, which were very different and which left a lasting impression on the children: one of the author Langehoven and the other a copy of a drawing of Napoleon, with the latter showing Victor d’Assonville’s respect for his French ancestry.
Politically, Victor d’Assonville was a passionate patriot, as can be seen from the fact that he rebelled with General de Wet in 1914. Thereafter, he was a supporter of J.B.M. Hertzog