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EVENTS

 

MEMBERS’ TOURS

THIRD QUARTER PROGRAMME

OCTOBER TO DECEMBER, 2018

 

NOVEMBER 2018

 

BUS TOUR - ‘JOHANNESBURG PANORAMAS’

SUNDAY, 4th NOVEMBER

The ridges of our City are a place of wonder. It is here, among the tufty Highveld grass, where one gets the keenest sense of how the Witwatersrand must have looked before the emergence of Johannesburg. Our ridges give us the grand panoramic view of the man-made city and glimpse of fast disappearing mine dumps reveal why Joburg came to be here on the Continental watershed.

In this tour, led by the eminent Johannesburg architectural historian Clive Chipkin and economic historian Katherine Munro, we explore the beauty we have in our koppies, their unique geology and panoramic vistas. We shall explore how Johannesburg’s geography has contributed to its urban form, layering of historic architecture, and complex strands of migrant history. We have chosen four viewpoints to view and discuss our past, present and future.

Geography and landscape enable us to look at the chronology of influence, what ideas mattered most to shape policy in the city and the country, and how these ideas manifested in the development of Johannesburg and its built form.

If you are fascinated by our complex City, then this tour should not be missed!

GUIDES : Clive Chipkin and Prof. Katherine Munro
PARK :
Sunnyside Park Hotel, Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R250.00 for members and R300.00 for non-members
MAX No : 50

 

WALKING TOUR - ‘VERY DOWNTON ABBEY – GLENSHIEL AND ITS NEIGHBOURS’

SUNDAY, 11th NOVEMBER

Sir William and Lady Dalrymple are the closest thing to royalty this rabble town ever got. In 1908 they commissioned Herbert Baker to design a home high on the Westcliff ridge. Baker and his partner Fleming’s response was Glenshiel, an imposing butterfly-wing residence. So palatial were the stables, that when the house was gifted to the Order of St.John by Major Haggie, he simply converted them into a substantial home for himself.

One of the first homes to have a swimming pool and tennis courts, Glenshiel was the set for glittering parties and distinguished guests, including Princess Alice the Countess of Athlone, granddaughter of Queen Victoria. We are privileged to have access to the interior to admire the panelling and rather grand hall, but for many the highlight of the visit will be the garden where, if the hail hasn’t damaged them, you can scent the roses from the terrace.

Our tour starts at the Ridge School (originally the Woolsack and home of Sir Aubrey Woolls-Sampson) which has fine views south, and then proceeds via Glenshiel to Pallinghurst. Now the Hope School, it is an extraordinary Gothic concoction quite unlike any other building in Johannesburg, and with magnificent views over Zoo Lake. Then back up a rather steep hill to The Stables, lovely gardens and a house which has evolved with time from housing horses to some much more distinguished residents.

GUIDES : Janet Hughes, Franky Toussaint and Ed Coogan
PARK :
The Ridge School, Woolston Road, Westcliff
TIME : 10h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members
MAX No : 50

THE TOUR WILL NOW BE HELD ON THE 25th of NOVEMBER

 

BUS TOUR - ‘ORLANDO EAST WHERE FIRSTS ABOUND’

SATURDAY, 17th NOVEMBER

Orlando East was the very first township developed by the Johannesburg municipality, starting in 1933. Schools and churches flourished along Mooki Street together with the famous football stadium, home to Orlando Pirates. Nearby stands the first Black high school built by the government. Orlando High School, known as The Rock, which bred a long list of big achievers including a State President and Anglican Archbishop. The first public library built for black people in South Africa, Orlando Library, includes the special collection of Dr A.B Xuma. Orlando Community Hall where Robert Sobukwe founded the PAC. Moving up into the suburb we explore first the James Mpanza House where the Sofasonke movement was born from the dire need for residential land. Next comes the Seth Mazibuko House which honours one of the organisers of the 16th June March in 1976. Then the home of the famous singer Letta Mbulu, who made her name in the USA and Caribbean singing with Harry Belafonte and performing in a number of movies.

There will be places where we stretch our legs and have a chance to walk along the streets. We visit the James Sofasonke Museum with the original house and the lions which guard the stoep.

GUIDES : Flo Bird, Tshenolo Mokhele, and David Forrest
PARK :
Sunnyside Park Hotel, Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown
TIME : 12h30
DURATION : 4.5 hours
COST : R250.00 for members and R350.00 for non-members
MAX No : 50

 

HOUSE TOUR - ‘LIFESTYLES OF VICTORIAN JOBURG’S RICH AND FAMOUS’

SATURDAY, 24th NOVEMBER

This is a tale of rags to riches, of hard work and not a little luck, and the comforts that were enjoyed by the privileged few in the ramshackle colonial outpost of Johannesburg. Thomas Cullinan arrived in the City in 1887 a humble bricklayer, but by 1896 he was able to build The View, a fabulous statement of wealth on the Parktown ridge.

The richness of detail and ornamentation quite takes the breath away, and the impact of the interiors is heightened by the regalia and history of the Transvaal Scottish, which is proudly on display. This spectacular mansion has been beautifully restored.

We will explore the house and be enthralled by the story of the Cullinans and the history of the Transvaal Scottish, and we will also learn of domestic life in Victorian and Edwardian Johannesburg. But the highlight for many will be tea and scones served in grand surroundings!

GUIDES : Dr Alexandra Parker and Kennedy Tembo
PARK :
The View, 23 Ridge Road, Parktown
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 2 hours
COST : R150.00 for members and R200.00 for non-members – which includes tea and scones
MAX No : 40

 

BUS TOUR - ‘ORLANDO EAST WHERE FIRSTS ABOUND’

SUNDAY, 25th NOVEMBER

The tour has been changed because the heritage heart of Orland East with lots of schools and churches is Mooki Street which is also the home to Orlando Stadium. So with big soccer matches we have bowed out gracefully and chosen another day.

Sunday morning in Orlando East starts with the very first house erected by the municipality in 1932 We collect our local guide who is also one of our trustees next to the big palm tree, We will be travelling slowly so as not to miss the sites passing Orlando Community Hall with Flo’s Braai place passing many original houses but even more that have been changing especially since owners received title deeds. We debus on reach Rathebe Street where there are some interesting signboards and the little house which once served as a post office. Cross Over the street to look at the Orlando Library, the first of its kind in a black township, then up to the DOCC Donaldson Orlando Community Centre. We have to go in for a minute because this is where Nelson Mandela learned to box and there is an impressive. Strangely enough both Orlando Orr Leake and James Donaldson lived in Westcliff.

Then we visit the blue plaques. First the home of Letta Mbuli the famous singer who made her name in the USA singing with Harry Belafonte; next comes Seth Mazibuko our friend from visiting Constitution Hill where he spent nearly a year incarcerated in Number 4 for his involvement with June 16th Uprising. Then to James Mpanza Sofasonke’s house. We get off the bus to visit this highly significant heritage site and greet the lions which guard his stoep. We have a short break to sip cold drinks perching on stools on the pavement and watching the world go by before climbing back on the bus and retuning to the Sunnyside Park Hotel. Some people may wish to linger for lunch at the hotel under the trees.

Please wear sensible shoes for walking and climbing onto the bus, plus hats and sunscreen if the weather is clear.

GUIDES : Flo Bird and Dave Gurney
PARK :
Park at the Sunnyside Park Hotel
TIME : At 9am  NB the bus leaves at 9 so please get there earlier
DURATION : 4 to 4.5 hours
COST : R150.00 for members and R200.00 for non-members
MAX No :

 

DECEMBER 2018

 

WALKING TOUR - ‘NORTH LODGE, OUTENIQUA AND EIKENLAAN’

SATURDAY, 1st DECEMBER

Visit three of Parktown’s most romantic and eclectic mansions which were designed by very different architects whose aspirations matched their client’s
dreams – Eikenlaan, Outeniqua and North Lodge. Two were threatened with a demolition by a motorway, and only a petition and public outrage saved them.

North Lodge is often described as Parktown's most romantic mansion, and was modelled on French and Scottish castles. We learn how renovations revealed two small, hidden rooms in the lodge framework, supposedly used for religious purposes, and of the temperature changes and hauntings reported in the house.

Eikenlaan was designed as the home of James Goch, an eminent Joburg photographer, and Outeniqua for the manager of Ohsson’s Breweries.

GUIDES : Nicola Noble, Prof. Katherine Munro and Sarel de Klerk
PARK :
Wits Business School, 2 St David’s Place, Parktown
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members
MAX No : 50

EVENT - ‘BOOKS, MAPS AND ARCHITECTURAL TREASURES AT THE CHRISTMAS BOOK FAIRE AT HOLY FAMILY COLLEGE’

SATURDAY, 8th DECEMBER

We will be hosting a bumper Christmas Book Faire will be at Johannesburg’s most impressive example of Victorian school architecture, the Holy Family College in Parktown, where an exhibition of some of the 600 drawings of early buildings in Johannesburg will also be on show. The originals are too delicate to mount on board so they have been scanned and printed without damage to the fragile originals. Beautiful draughting combined with elaborate Edwardian designs some are simply astonishing. There are also the very humble two roomed cottages in wood and iron. This is our major contribution to Museum Africa. We select the drawings to be archives from the city’s collection, copy, scan and record them. The final step is cataloguing and accessioning them, folding then storing these treasures in the cabinets at Museum Africa.

And Prof. Katherine Munro will be speaking about the history of Joburg in 12 maps, based on research on some astonishing early maps of the City!

To add to the festiveness of the occasion, mince pies and sherry will be on sale.

PARK : Holy Family College, 40 Oxford Road, Parktown
TIME : 10h00 to 14h00. The lecture starts at 13h00.
COST : Entrance to the Faire is FREE, but the lecture on Joburg Maps costs R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members

We welcome your book donations! The JHF team of Kathy Munro, Sarah Welham and Mary Boyease will be hosting a JHF table at the Faire – please pop by.

 

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