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EVENTS

 

MEMBERS’ TOURS

FIRST QUARTER PROGRAMME

JANUARY TO MACH, 2020

 

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JANUARY

 

TALK - ‘VINCENT CARRUTHERS’ MAGALIESBERG’

SATURDAY, 18th JANUARY

Please note Vincent Carrutherers talk on Magaliesberg will take place at Northwards and NOT at Sunnyisde Park Hotel. BOOKING THROUGH COMPUTICKET  AND OUR OFFICE NOW OPEN

The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, situated in the heart of the Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve, is the jewel in South Africa’s evolutionary crown.  An area ‘of outstanding universal value’, it has attracted worldwide interest and furnished key evidence about where, when and how we came to be. The greater Magaliesberg area is peppered with some 200 caves and has a unique geology, history and biodiversity. For decades now, specialists have been combing the area to uncover evidence of our heritage.

Well-known environmentalist Vincent Carruthers has applied his considerable expertise to the Magaliesberg over several decades, and in his latest book, Cradle of Life, guides readers along a timeline, from the birth of our planet through to developments of the twenty-first century. Along the way he documents the formation of our landscapes and the emergence of life, the rise of hominins, the stone and iron ages, early settlement, migrations, wars and modern developments in the Magaliesberg – the entire evolution of life up to the present, as we know it.

Join Vincent as he takes us on a magical journey of discovery through this fascinating area.


GUIDES : Vincent Carruthers

MEET : Brett McDougall
PARK : Sunnyside Park Hotel
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 1.5 hours
COST : R100 for members and R150 for non-members
MAX No : 40

 

WALKING TOUR - ‘THE RUINS OF ROSE ROAD’

SATURDAY, 25th JANUARY

The western end of Rose Road in Houghton backs on to The Wilds. They make comfortable neighbours, low stone walls complementing natural koppie stone and indigenous flora. The entrances to properties on the northern side of the road are unassuming, and almost all that is visible from the road are neglected terrace gardens and long, winding driveways. But what lies beyond these driveways is remarkable: two striking (but very different) art deco homes, and a secret garden surrounding a solid 1930s arts and craft style home.

3 Rose Road was built in 1933, and belonged to Alexander Proudfoot, owner of a well-known Johannesburg construction company. Unusual for a builder, Proudfoot appears to have had a sentimental attachment to items salvaged from properties he demolished, and incorporated many of these into his garden. His garden is like no other in Johannesburg, a collection of follies, grottos, pergolas and a secret passage (connecting the lower to the upper garden) all constructed from salvaged marble, steel decorations, brick, stone and tiles. In its neglected state, the garden has the atmosphere of a ruin from a lost civilisation.

7 Rose Road, Quisisana, is perhaps the only “Egyptian” art deco home in Johannesburg. Perched on the Houghton Ridge, the house boasts columns decorated with a lotus motif, bold geometric patterns on the balcony and staircase, circular windows at each corner, and a decadent art deco bathroom.

In contrast the opulence of Quisisana, 9 Rose Road has an understated elegance. Externally the house has strong maritime elements, all bathed in cool white, and the interior fittings are almost all intact.


GUIDES : Brett McDougall and ?

MEET : Outside 3 Rose Road
PARK : On the street on Rose Road, Upper Houghton, near the dead end at The Wilds
TIME : 11h00
DURATION : Approximately 2 hours
COST : R100 for members and R170 for non-members
MAX No : 50

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

SAVE THE DATE!

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

Saturday 15 February
Flo Bird and Denise Alexander lead us on a fascinating tour of Ridge Road in Mountain View.

Sunday 23 February
Professor Katherine Munro gives a talk on the 1936 Empire Exhibition.

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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