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EVENTS

 

MEMBERS’ TOURS

THIRD QUARTER PROGRAMME

JULY TO SEPTEMBER, 2018

 

JULY 2018

 

CEMETERY TOUR - ‘THE JEWISH CEMETERY AT BRIXTON CEMETERY’

SUNDAY, 8th JULY

Brixton Jewish Cemetery is packed tight with some very impressive tombstones and our tour is  a blend of those which are especially intersting historyicaly but also astetically pleasing. So the lovely marble sphere commemorating Rosettenstein is a must on both grounds and those of special ladies who have benefited our city are so important – both Minna London anmd Toni Saphra . Very moving are those of people who left Lithuania fpr the brave new world , worked hard at very humble jobs and made enough to send their children to university to become the doctors and lawyers whose names are so well known.

Brixton Genereal Cemetery is in an appalling state of neglect, but the Chevra Kadisha has secured the Jewish section so there are no signs of vandals pushing over headstones or using marble vases as seats around the campfires.

GUIDES : Flo Bird, Sarah Welham and John-John de Castro
PARK :
In the grounds at the main entrance, corner Bartlett Road and Krause Street
MEET AT:
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 2 hours
COST : R90 for members and R150 for non-members
MAX No : 50

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1
IMPORTANT NOTE: If paying by EFT, please read the note at the end of the programme.

 

BUS TOUR - ‘MANDELA’S JOHANNESBURG’

SATURDAY, 14th JULY

The 18th of July 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Mandela’s fame rests on his role as a revolutionary leader who spent nearly seven decades of his life in the struggle against white minority rule and for a free and democratic non-racial society. His greatness lies in the fact that he was a visionary, a democrat and international political leader who exercised his influence and leadership with humility and respect for his colleagues and opponents alike. Though he was born in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape, Mandela spent most of his significant years in Johannesburg, and it was to Johannesburg that he returned after being set free from Robben Island.
Mandela had first arrived in Johannesburg in 1941, escaping an arranged marriage and finding work as a mine security officer. But he would soon make the city his own, serving articles at a Johannesburg law firm, attending Wits University, and starting his own famed law practice with Oliver Tambo at Chancellor House. He would be key to the anti-apartheid struggle in the city and the country until his arrest in 1962 and subsequent imprisonment on Robben Island. And, even there, exiled off the South African coast, he would inspire generations to fight for justice.
In many ways he embodies Johannesburg – rising from humble origins, to achieve the extraordinary in the most challenging of circumstances.
Join David Forrest and Norman King in exploring Mandela’s Johannesburg:
From Sunnyside Park Hotel we head north to Rivonia and historic Liliesleaf, the headquarters of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) and the site of the police raid on 11th July 1963, which resulted in the Rivonia Trail.

Our next stop is Constitution Hill, and visit the prison where Mandela was incarcerated. At the Prison we have a prisoner’s lunch. Please let us know if you have special dietary requirements. Time permitting we might visit the Constitutional Court.

From the prison we head for the Soweto home of Mandela. En route, we will stop off at Chancellor House, once the offices of Mandela and Tambo Attorneys. After a tour of the Soweto house we head to Houghton, drive past his Presidential home and the home where he died on 5th December 2013.

GUIDES : David Forrest and Norman King
PARK :
Sunnyside Park Hotel, Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown
TIME : 09h00
DURATION : Approximately 7 hours
COST : R500 for members and R600 for non-members, including Lunch and all entrance fees
MAX No : 50

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1


EVENT - ‘JOBURG COLLECTABLE BOOK FAIRE AT THE PARKTOWN FREEMASONS’ HALL’

SATURDAY, 21st JULY

The immensely popular quarterly Book Faire will be hosted at the imposing Freemason’s Hall in Parktown on the 21st of July. Brought to you by the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation and James Findlay of Jellyfish Tree, Joburg’s top dealers in rare books, maps, medals and other ephemera will be represented.
Visitors also have the opportunity to tour the historic Freemasons’ Hall, one of Gordon Leith’s most important buildings, and learn about this important chapter of the Freemasons.

The tour will be led by Judith Cabral and Clare van Zwieten, starts at 11h00, and will last an hour and a half. Also on offer will be talks and a variety show.

PARK : From the Linder auditorium in Parktown, Go down Queen Street, with Pieter Roos Park on your right; turn left into Princess Place; keep going straight at the T-junction; ahead of you is a parking lot with blue shade cloth; the entrance to Freemasons Hall is at the back of this parking lot and to the right. There is limited parking, so we suggest you Uber or Taxify.
TIME : Book Faire - 09h30 to 14h30. Tour – 11h00 to12h30
DURATION : Approximately 7 hours
COST : Entrance to the Faire is FREE. The tour costs R90.

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.

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1

 

SAVE THE DATE! - ‘ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE JOHANNESBURG HERITAGE FOUNDATION’

SATURDAY, 28th JULY

You are invited to the Annual General Meeting of the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation, followed by Prof. Katherine Munro’s fascinating illustrated talk on the Yeoville Water Tower.

The Yeoville Water Tower is an iconic structure. Its evocative form has for decades been used by photographers, painters and writers to conjure a sense of Joburg. So it may be surprising to learn that until now its provenance has been a mystery. Some architects and historians have conjectured that its eccentric design belongs to the Victorian city – perhaps a result of the ZAR’s connection to Wilhelmien Netherlands? Or a product of British industrial design? Others have more fancifully suggested a connection to the Russian Constructivists, its form suggesting sympathy with their ethos.
For decades architecture students and historians have scoured the archives of the City to find plans, or at least remnants of plans, without success. But now, in a remarkable series of events, the mystery has been solved. The blueprint of the architectural structural drawing has been discovered.

Hear about this remarkable discovery, the story of the tower and the firm that manufactured it, as told by Professor Katherine Munro, and get the opportunity to purchase a limited edition print of the blueprint.

TIME            :         14h00

PARK           :         Northwards, 21 Rockridge Road, Parktown

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1


AUGUST 2018

 

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

SUNDAY, 5th AUGUST

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 Monique Jefferson McDonald
PARK :
The View, 23 Ridge Road, Parktown
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 2 hours
COST : R140.00 for members and R200.00 for non-members – which includes tea and scones
MAX No : 40

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1
IMPORTANT NOTE: If paying by EFT, please read the note at the end of the programme.

 

 

WALKING TOUR - ‘REDISCOVERING THE ORANGE GROVE WATERFALL’

SUNDAY, 12th AUGUST

The Sandspruit rises in the koppie under Bellevue and follows a subterranean path before gushing forth as the Orange Grove Waterfall. The Waterfall’s scenic beauty and crystal clear waters were appreciated by the City’s first inhabitants, and soon a hotel and tearoom were established nearby, and the area became a popular resort, especially over weekends. Some of the attractions offered by the tearoom were Sunday concerts, a coach ride from the centre of town at one shilling per ride, and air balloon ascents.

Today the Waterfall is sadly forgotten, hidden in a corner of a poorly-tended property and behind an ugly wall. But the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation is determined that it be rediscovered and restored as an asset to the City and its Citizens. Join Brett McDougall as he walks us through the research he has conducted on the Waterfall and surrounding neighbourhood. Discover magnificent art deco apartment blocks, fascinating political history, and learn why Joburg must do all it can to rediscover the Orange Grove Waterfall.

 

GUIDES : Brett McDougall and Gail Wilson
PARK :
Houghton Office Park, 2 Osborne Road, Houghton
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 3 hours
COST : R90 for members and R150 for non-members
MAX No :50

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1
IMPORTANT NOTE: If paying by EFT, please read the note at the end of the programme.

 

HOUSE TOUR - ‘EDWARDIAN SPLENDOUR’

SATURDAY, 18th AUGUST

Perched high on the Parktown Ridge, Emoyeni was designed by the starchitects of their time, William Leck and Frank Emley, for Henry Hull, who would later become the Union’s first Minister of Finance. The red-brick home is perhaps Johannesburg’s most accomplished statement of Wren-inspired architecture. The details are quintessentially Edwardian - Tuscan colonnades, Palladian windows, white eaves trim, stone insets and segmental pediments – but the scale, befitting its important owner, is monumental.

Explore this grand house with us, and hear about its fascinating history, and then enjoy tea and refreshments on the terrace with one of the best views in Joburg.

 

GUIDES : Franky Toussaint and Ed Coogan
PARK :
Emoyeni, 15 Jubilee Road, Parktown
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 2 hours
COST : R190 for members and R250 for non-members – which includes tea and refreshments
MAX No :50

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1


 

WALKING TOUR - ‘NEW DOORNFONTEIN’

SATURDAY, 25th AUGUST

The marketing gurus of Propertuity have recently rebranded the neighbourhood bounded by Marshall Street in the south and the railway track in the north Maboneng, “Place of Light”. But before the coffee shops, artisanal bakeries and rooftop bars, this precinct of mainly New Doornfontein had a vitality and historical richness unequalled in the city.
Under the expert guidance of David Gurney we explore the city’s earliest water sources, a unique industrial heritage, places of worship, and the influence of waves of migration. What lies behind the veneer of rapid gentrification in the area will surprise many – Ball’s Rickshaw Hire, Reverend Goodenough and the American Zulu Church, and the “black spot” of the Molefe, Makapan, Mvuyana, Magonyane, Brown and Rooi yards.

Our tour explores the historical fabric of New Doornfontein, but also celebrates the new, including a remarkable building constructed of shipping containers.

 

GUIDES : David Gurney and Gail Wilson
PARK :
on the corner of Staib and Beacon
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R90 for members and R150 for non-members
MAX No : 60

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1
IMPORTANT NOTE: If paying by EFT, please read the note at the end of the programme.

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

 

WALKING TOUR -‘A SACRED PLACE – THE YEOVILLE RIDGE’

SUNDAY, 2nd SEPTEMBER

The Yeoville Ridge rises above the remains of fashionable Doornfontein, its last few mansions clinging to the koppie, and has commanding views over the City. In any other City this unique sense of place would be celebrated, but in Joburg even the worshippers who braved the neglect and piles and rubbish are no longer welcome.

The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation recently commissioned a heritage study into the Ridge, and will be campaigning to have its heritage value recognised. Join Kathy Munro as she explores the Ridge, the area’s grand apartment blocks Westminster Mansions, Helvetia Court, Diamond Court, and its unique water towers. She is joined by Richard Holden, a local resident who refused to be bowed by the City’s neglect and has almost single-handedly cleaned up mountains of rubbish on historic Stewart Pass, and Gabrielle Ozynski, an artist and neighbourhood activist.

 

GUIDES : Prof. Katherine Munro, Richard Holden and Gabrielle Ozynski
PARK : Outside Westminster Mansions on Highlands Street, Highlands. We will have a car guard, but if you’d prefer not to park here. Please carpool or Uber.
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 2.5 hours
COST : R90 for members and R150 for non-members
MAX No :60

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1
IMPORTANT NOTE: If paying by EFT, please read the note at the end of the programme.

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

SATURDAY, 8th SEPTEMBER

Originally founded in 1902, St Andrew’s School for Girls moved to the estate of Sir George Farrar, Bedford Farm and its homestead, Bedford Court, in 1921. Farrar was a giant of his day - a mining magnate, a prominent politician, and Chairman of the Chamber of Mines – and his home, designed by Herbert Baker in the Cape Dutch revival style, suitably grand.
Members will be fortunate to not only visit this magnificent building, but also grounds and hill behind to see the Farrar grave and memorials. Please wear sensible shoes! We shall also be seeing new photos from the St Andrew’s Archives.

Tea will be provided.

GUIDES : Bev Smith and Janet Hughes
PARK :
St Andrew’s School for Girls, St Andrew’s Avenue, Senderwood
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R100
MAX No : 20 – we regret no children allowed

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1
IMPORTANT NOTE: If paying by EFT, please read the note at the end of the programme.

HOUSE TOUR - ‘BEAUVAIS – TRACEY’S FOLLY’

SATURDAY, 16th JUNE

Beauvais was originally built for Percival White Tracey, who had made a fortune mining diamonds – first in Kimberley, and later in Cullinan. When it was built in 1907 it was so far out of town on such appalling tracks that Tracey burst several tires while inspecting the works, and was popularly known as Tracey’s Folly!

During the ten years that the family lived at Beauvais, it was the scene of glittering social functions, as well as tragedy. Hear more about the Traceys and subsequent owners in one of Johannesburg’s most magnificent homes, and experience the painstaking task of the current owner to sensitively restore the building to its current glory.

GUIDES : Judith Cabral and Franky Toussaint
PARK :
Cargo Carriers, 11a Road, Mountainview
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 2 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members
MAX No : 60

Bookings at mail@joburgheritage.co.za only!

 

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1
IMPORTANT NOTE: If paying by EFT, please read the note at the end of the programme.

SAVE THE DATE!
15 AND 16 SEPTEMBER
‘HERITAGE WEEKEND – DETAILS TO FOLLOW!’

 

WALKING TOUR - ‘JOHANNESBURG COUNTRY CLUB’

SATURDAY, 29th SEPTEMBER

The relatively little known but idyllic corner of Johannesburg is at its very best in Spring. Spend an afternoon enjoying the superb gardens, and exploring the history of the Club so closely tied to that of Johannesburg. We will visit the Secretary’s Residence and its lovely garden; we will view the original squash court with its antique, but very effective air-conditioning system and pay our respects at the Garden of Remembrance. The old stable where Members’ horses were attended to and where the polo ponies and hunters were stabled will be seen, and we will hear about the original spruit (still running) and the lake that developed out of the farm dam where the beaus of Johannesburg punted with their young ladies. The afternoon will end with tea and scones on the terrace.

GUIDES : William Gaul
PARK :
The Country Club, 1 Napier Road, Auckland Park
MEET :
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 2 hours
COST : R120 for members and R180 for non-members, which includes tea and scones
MAX No :40

SAIAT CPD Points:  0.2 for Category 1
IMPORTANT NOTE: If paying by EFT, please read the note at the end of the programme.

 

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FOR COMPUTICKET TELEPHONE BOOKINGS: (011) 340-8000

WHEN PAYING CASH PLEASE ALWAYS ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE THE CORRECT AMOUNT. IT WASTES TIME IF TOUR LEADERS HAVE TO GIVE CHANGE

BANKING ACCOUNT DETAILS – JOHANNESBURG HERITAGE FOUNDATION, NEDBANK PARKTOWN, ACCOUNT NO 1944023011 BRANCH CODE 194405

IF PAYING BY EFT, PLEASE MAKE SURE THE BENEFICIARY DETAILS ARE UPDATED EVERY TIME TO REFLECT YOUR SURNAME AND THE DATE OF THE TOUR. (EG. SMITH 05/01).

TOURS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE

FOR QUERIES CONTACT OFFICE ON TEL NO (011) 482-3349 (WEEKDAYS 9AM – 1PM) OR SEND AN E-MAIL TO mail@joburgheritage.co.za

 

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