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EVENTS

 

MEMBERS’ TOURS

SECOND QUARTER PROGRAMME

APRIL TO JUNE, 2020

 

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ALL TOURS AND FUNCTIONS  FOR MARCH AND APRIL HAVE BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK. 

 

Dear Members,

Following a meeting held by Members of the Board and the Tour Organisers sadly, in line with measures introduced by Government to limit the spread of Covid19 and to promote social distancing, the following tours have had to be postponed.  We do have high hopes of revising the situation in Spring.

  • Saturday, 21st March –        Bus tour ‘The Art of Africa’ (Javett Art Centre Pretoria University)
  • Saturday, 4th April -             ‘Glenshiel’
  • Saturday, 11th April -           ‘Northwards’ (Easter Bonnet Tea at Northwards)
  • Saturday, 25th April -           Bus tour ‘Historic Noordgesig Township’

 

Should you have already paid for a tour through this office, please provide me with your banking details and I shall effect a refund.  Please specify which tour you are booked on.

Should you have booked through Computicket they will be in contact with you and refund your tour fee.

 

IN LIEU OF TOURS

Mount Carmel Louis Botha Avenue

 

 

MAY

 

THIS PROGRAMME WILL BE CONFIRMED ONCE THE SITUATION WITH THE CORONA VIRUS CHANGES.

 

 

 

MEMBERS ONLY TOUR - EDOARDO VILLA HOUSE - Architectural Gem

SATURDAY, 2nd MAY

Lunetta Bartz and Warren Siebrits are one of Johannesburg’s most well-respected creative couples, both having been influential elements in their respective fields for over two decades. Bartz is an interior designer by trade, but prefers to be called a maker, as she dabbles successfully in design, book binding and art, amongst others. Siebrits is a prominent art dealer, with an infectious passion for the stories entangled in every work of art handled. It is therefore fitting that in 2013, they purchased the home and studio of Edoardo Villa (1905- 2011), the celebrated Italian-South African modernist sculptor, with the aim of preserving a piece of Johannesburg’s architectural history.

Edoardo Villa always admired the dynamic and industrialised nature of Johannesburg, recognising its great potential for opportunity. From 1948 until the end of his life he lived, with his wife Claire, at 73 4th Street, Kew.  Initially he lodged at the property, but in 1959 purchased it from the previous owners. In the 1960s Villa artistically began to flourish and as financial success ensued, he commissioned his dear friend, architect Ian McLellan, to design him a new house on the southern boundary of the Kew property. Giving McLellan no brief, a limited budget but carte blanche, the outcome is an inspiring example of modern domestic architecture. This house completed in 1969 has subsequently received extensive coverage and endorsement from prominent enthusiasts in the architectural community.   

A tour not to be missed!


GUIDES : Lunetta Bartz and Karen Curry

MEET :
PARK : At No. 73 – 4th Street, Kew
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 2 hours
COST :R100 for members
MAX No :
20

TALK AT THE RAND CLUB - ART DECO - The last Great Decorative Movement

SATURDAY, 16th MAY

Art Deco, a style of visual arts, architecture and design first appeared in France just prior to World War I. It influenced the design of buildings, furniture, jewellery, fashion, cars, cinemas, trains, ocean liners and everyday objects such as radios and even vacuum cleaners.
Taking its name from the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts held in Paris in 1925, it combined modern styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials, to become a byword for glamour, luxury and exuberance. Cities vying for the title of Art Deco Capital of Africa, include, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Springs and perhaps surprisingly so, Asmara in Eritrea.
Join Brian McKechnie, architect and heritage consultant, for an informative talk on Johannesburg’s rich heritage of art deco architecture, at the historical Rand Club.

Why not arrive early and enjoy a bar lunch or cocktail at the Rand Club’s famous Long Bar?


PLACE : The Rand Club (The Rhodes Room)

DRESS CODE : Smart casual
PARK : At the Rand Club or adjoining streets. Car guards are present (for your own account)
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 1 hour
COST : R100 for members and R170 for non-members
MAX No :
50

 

MEMBER’S ONLY TOUR -HIDDEN ST ANDREW’S SCHOOL

SATURDAY, 23rd MAY

Founded in 1902, St Andrew’s School for Girls, moved to the estate of Sir George Farrar at Bedford Farm and its homestead, Bedford Court, in 1921. Farrar was a giant of his day – mining magnate, prominent politician and Chairman of the Chamber of Mines and his mansion, designed by Herbert Baker in the Cape Dutch revival style, suitably baronial. Farrar died in a railway accident in 1915 while on active service during World War 1 in German South West Africa.

Members will be fortunate to not only visit this magnificent building, but also the estate grounds and the hill against which is situated the Farrar family graveyard with its imposing memorials.

New photos from the St Andrew’s Archives will also be viewed.
Tea will be provided.

Please wear sensible walking shoes.


GUIDES : Beverley Smith, retired Head of the St Andrew’s Heritage Foundation

MEET : At the front steps of Bedford Court, on the School’s main driveway
PARK : St Andrew’s School for Girls, St Andrew’s Avenue, Senderwood
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R150
MAX No :
30 – Regret no children allowed

 

BRAAMFONTEIN CEMETERY -Malady, Mayhem, Mining and Murder

SATURDAY, 30th MAY

Eminent academic and author Charles van Onselen, aptly titled his book on early Johannesburg ‘New Babylon New Nineveh’. When Johannesburg was less than fifteen years old, it closely resembled the Wild West transposed to the Witwatersrand.
Join Flo Bird and Clare van Zwieten as they recreate those early days by taking you through a tour of some of Johannesburg’s oldest graves. Until recently lost from sight in the cemetery undergrowth, these remarkable graves tell the story of Johannesburg’s early tumultuous days when people on the Rand died like flies from malady, mayhem, mining mishaps, murder and the odd suicide or two.

Numerous deaths were caused by the countless flies which spread enteric, dysentery and other unspeakable diseases. Mining accidents also sent many an unfortunate to an early grave. Surprisingly, street brawls do not seem to have caused any fatalities and no one appears to have clubbed a rival digger to death with a shovel. The Dynamite Explosion though, caused enormous damage to life, limb and property, and sorting out bits and pieces of flesh was a huge challenge, as DNA testing was unknown all those years ago.

The gravestones are surprisingly beautiful, and many must have been imported, but already there were memorial masons active in Johannesburg’s Bree Street, fortuitously placed across the road from the city’s very first burial ground.

This tour shines a new light on those early mining camp days, which while rude, rowdy and rough, did not necessarily prove fatal. The incipient danger lay in decaying garbage, ever present dust, tainted drinking water and mining mishaps.


GUIDES : Flo Bird and Clare van Zwieten

MEET :
PARK : Inside the Braamfontein Cemetery, entrance from Graf Street
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 2.5 hours
COST : R100 for members and R170 for non-members
MAX No :
60

JUNE

 

FULL DAY BUS TOUR - RAIDERS ON THE RAND - Tracing the Jameson Raid

SATURDAY, 6th JUNE

On the last momentous day of 1895, 600 men from the Bechuanaland Border Police and the Mashonaland Mounted Police converged at Malmani (now Ottoshoop), to start their long-planned dash to Johannesburg. Anticipating a jubilant reception and reinforcements in Johannesburg, followed by a quick and easy march to Pretoria to overthrow Kruger’s government, the plan sounded safe and sound. With the benefit of hindsight, we now know how badly it went awry. Although warned en route by Boer and British emissaries to desist and return to Bechuanaland, the impulsive Jameson felt impelled to persist on his crusade, to liberate the Rand. 

Evoking comparisons with ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ and inspiring Rudyard Kipling to devise the poem ‘If’, historians consider the Jameson Raid to have so soured relations between Boers and the English speaking Uitlanders together with the British Government, that the outbreak of the South African War in 1899 became inevitable. 
Although the West Rand has changed almost beyond recognition, many of the historical sites, associated with the Jameson Raid still exist, to provide a glimpse of that historic event.

Guides SJ de Klerk and Clare van Zwieten will lead a fascinating bus tour of the unfolding events of the Jameson Raid near Krugersdorp, Randfontein and the Doornkop surrender site.


GUIDES : SJ de Klerk and Clare van Zwieten

MEET :
PARK : Sunnyside Park Hotel, Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : From 09h00 to 16h00
COST : R250 for members and R300 for non-members
MAX No :
60

Bring your own food, drinks and folding chairs for an atmospheric lunch at the historic Burgershoop cemetery. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat as we shall meander various historical sites in the course of our trip.

 

 

DELTA PARK - 1930’s Cameo, Bird Sanctuary and Glorious Views

SATURDAY, 13th JUNE

Join us for an entertaining and informative walking tour to the 1930s enclave of Delta Park in Victory Park.  See the original wastewater treatment building – a lesser masterpiece of the Johannesburg City Engineer’s Office, plus a group of homes for municipal workers and a workers’ compound, all built in the International Style, which London also chose for its underground and power stations at that same period – the 1930’s. 
The sewerage plant became derelict in 1963; due for demolition, but was miraculously reincarnated as a conservation centre in the 1970’s.                                    

The old treatment plant vessels were incorporated into an attractive environmental museum, so tip your hat to the adjacent palm trees, the tallest in Johannesburg, and for an hour or two, imagine yourself back in the days when this was open farmland on the outskirts of our city.

Bring your binoculars for a visit to the bird sanctuary upon conclusion of the tour.

Delta Park is easy to find. Proceed north along Barry Hertzog Avenue, which becomes Rustenburg Road then 1st Avenue Linden, pass over the Westdene Spruit, pass King David School on your right, and turn into Road No 3. At the end go through the gate, turn left and carry on to the Delta Environmental Centre where there is ample secure parking.

Wear shoes suitable for walking.


GUIDES : Ed Coogan and Raymond Cardoso

MEET : At Delta Park Main Building
PARK : At Delta Park Main Building
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 2 to 2.5 Hours
COST : R100 for members and R170 for non-members
MAX No :
50

 

WALKING TOUR - THE OBSERVATORY RIDGE

SATURDAY, 27th JUNE

At 1,809m above sea level, the Observatory Ridge is the highest point in Johannesburg. It looks down on the old city and its eastern suburbs and witnessed the remarkable growth of the northern suburbs and their acropolis, Sandton. Forgotten men of the Indian Army left their imprint here during the early 1900s, and an austerely beautiful monument at the summit of Observatory Ridge remains as memorial to Indians who fell in the South African War of 1899-1902, overlooking the valley where Indians served at a remount camp during this War.

When this memorial was built Johannesburg’s night sky was clear and unpolluted, and the ridge’s height and distance from town made it an obvious place to build an observatory. The Observatory Library, a mere 200m from the Indian Monument, is an elegant Herbert Baker-designed building dating back to 1904, and there is much of architectural interest in the vicinity too: the original wood and iron director’s house, the original observatory, and Innes House.

Connecting the Indian Monument and the Observatory is Urania Street, lined with magnificent jacarandas, and some fine homes.

Join Brett McDougall and SJ de Klerk as they explore this fascinating neighbourhood.

This walking tour is approximately 3km long over rocky and steep terrain – wear sensible shoes!


GUIDES : Brett McDougall and SJ de Klerk

MEET :
PARK : On Gill Street, outside the Observatory premises, in Urania Village, Observatory
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R100 for members and R170 for non-members
MAX No :
50

 

DUNTREATH
Pallinghurst Road in Westcliff could claim to be Johannesburg’s most exclusive address, and of all Pallinghurst’s beautiful homes, Duntreath, built of koppie stone on the steep slope of the East Westcliff Ridge, may be the most magnificent.

Designed by Herbert Baker, the house was extended in 1927 by Frank Fleming. Set on 7477m², Duntreath overlooks the Zoo and the forested northern suburbs. It has been awarded an A grading by the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation.

For more information on this five bedroom home, visit:
https://www.hamiltons.co.za/results/residential/for-sale/johannesburg/westcliff/house/1674/

 

 

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