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EVENTS

 

MEMBERS’ TOURS

FIRST QUARTER PROGRAMME

JANUARY TO MACH, 2020

 

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FEBRUARY

 

CEMETERY TOUR -’JOBURG HISTORY THROUGH THE LENS OF BRIXTON CEMETERY’

SATURDAY, 1st FEBRUARY

Brixton Cemetery is one of Joburg’s oldest, and the tumultuous history of our city is recorded on its gravestones. Almost 90 years after her death, the crimes of the wicked serial killer Daisy de Melker continue to shock. We visit her final resting place, after she was hanged for the murder of two husbands and her son. Merchant and mayor, Norman Anstey is a more distinguished resident, as is the affable and influential Randlord, Sir Lionel Phillips.

Stafford Parker is perhaps the cemetery’s most colourful resident. On 30 July 1870 at the settlement of Klipdrift, he became the first and only President of the short-lived self-declared "Diamond Diggers Republic". His government renamed Klipdrift "Parkerton" after its new President, and began to collect taxes (often at gunpoint). Journalist R.W. Murray described him as a "swagger citizen", and a master story-teller, and his signature item of clothing was a large white top-hat.

We visit the graves of Johannesburg’s first Greek citizen, the founder of the farm (and now suburb) Douglasdale, and many others that illustrate the fascinating history of the Golden City. Our expert cemetery guides are Clare van Zwieten and SJ de Klerk, and research has been provided by the founder of Friends of Johannesburg Cemeteries, Sarah Welham.


GUIDES : Clare van Zwieten and SJ de Klerk

MEET :
PARK : At the entrance to the cemetery on…
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 2.5 hours
COST : R100 for members and R170 for non-members
MAX No : 50

 

WALKING TOUR - ‘MOUNTAIN VIEWS – RIDGE ROAD AND YOUNG AVENUE’

SATURDAY, 15th FEBRUARY

We visit a fascinating and little-explored enclave in Johannesburg, full of historic homes, important and interesting residents, and iconic views over the northern suburbs. Our walk starts with the hydrangea drive leading up to House Kuhlman designed by Baker and Masey in 1903, built in 1904 and enlarged in the 1930s. We walk through the lovely garden to the front to meet Mr and Mrs Pagnier who have welcomed us to their beautiful garden and home, and then proceed to the north side to enjoy the magnificent view which goes right across to Northcliff. Descending the ridge, we visit the waterfall terrace before returning to the house to admire the north elevation and going inside to enjoy the woodwork.

Next comes a house designed by Hoogterp on grand scale with an enchanting Parisian flat-pack conservatory – a recent addition.  Ridge Road has a number of interesting houses before we venture into Young Avenue, where we encounter the new gates rich in Iranian (Persian) imagery. Young Avenue boasts work by many famous architects in Johannesburg, from Geoffrey Pearse and Gordon Leith to Michael Sutton.  Residents include Jack Scott, The Shah of Iran, and Mr Justice  Issy Maisels. They lived here in a street lined with jacarandas which are NOT invaded by the beastly beetle.


GUIDES : Flo Bird and Denise Alexander

MEET : Outside 13 Ridge Road
PARK : On the street outside 13 Ridge Road, Mountain View
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 3 hours
COST : R100 for members, and R170 for non-members
MAX No : 50

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE!!!
Hello All Members,

Please note that the date of the above talk was incorrectly advertised – it is scheduled to take place on SUNDAY, 23rd FEBRUARY and NOT
SATURDAY, 22nd FEBRUARY!! 

All other details remain the same and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Attention: This is a Sunday tour on Wits West campus. Park near the tower of Light.

 

TALK - ‘THE EMPIRE EXHIBITION – THE GOLDEN CITY COMES OF AGE’

SUNDAY, 23rd FEBRUARY

In 1936 Johannesburg turned 50 years and to celebrate this jubilee the City hosted the Empire Exhibition. Held at Milner Park showgrounds, the Exhibition ran from September 1936 to January 1937 and attracted 2 million visitors. Aimed at promoting Johannesburg and the Union, the Exhibition was the ultimate expression of modernity in Africa. The latest technology in flight, train, automobiles was showcased, and speed and time records were challenged and broken in special races and long distance flight.

Visitors to Johannesburg would have been astounded at the transformation of the city. The Exhibition took place four years after the Union abandoned the gold standard, which resulted in the greatest boom the city’s history. By 1936 the city’s skyline had been transformed by art deco and streamline modern architecture. Milner Park itself boasted the exquisite Tower of Light, and a host of other buildings showcased the Union’s technological prowess and architectural flair.

There was one further Empire Exhibition before World War II changed everything and that was at Bellahouston in Glasgow - but Johannesburg is the only city to have retained its art deco tower. Today the Milner Park showground is the West Campus of Wits University – so there is also a story about heritage conservation and repurposing of heritage buildings.

Explore the meaning and legacy of the Empire Exhibition via visual material of the time presented by Prof. Katherine Munro, who captures the excitement of that magical year and the poignancy of a farewell to Empire that the Exhibition also represented.


GUIDES : Professor Katherine Munro

MEET :
PARK : Old Grand Stand  lecture  room  1.  – near the  Tower of Light,   West Campus, Wits.
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 1.5 hours
COST : R100 per person
MAX No :

SAVE THE DATE!

We’re still finalising the details of these tours, but make sure you’ve saved their dates in your diaries:

Sunday 1 March
Brian Kent McKechnie and David Gurney reprise their astonishing New York on the Veld bus tour, exploring Art Deco Johannesburg.

Saturday 21 March
We visit the Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria, in a tour led by David Fleminger.

Saturday 28 March
Professor Katherine Munro leads us on an exploration of the Highlands Ridge, and we unveil a number of new blue plaques in this historic area.

 

 

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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