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EVENTS

 

MEMBERS’ TOURS

THIRD QUARTER PROGRAMME

AUG TO SEPTEMBER, 2019

 

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AUGUST

 

WALKING TOUR - ‘NORTH LODGE, OUTENIQUA AND EIKENLAAN’

SATURDAY, 17th AUG

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. It has been gloriously restored, and 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 Ohlsson’s Breweries.


GUIDES : Nicola Noble, Joy Campkin-Smith and Prof. Katherine Munro

PARK :Wits Business School, 2 St David’s Place, Parktown

TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R100 for members and R170 for non-members.
MAX No : 50

CEMETERY TOUR - ’JOBURG’s EXCEPTIONAL JEWISH WOMEN – THE WESTPARK JEWISH CEMETERY’

SUNDAY, 25th AUG

She Stretcheth her hand to the poor
She Reacheth forth her hands to the needy
                                                                Proverbs 31 v20

From Helen Suzman to Gillian Cutler, from Ina Perlman to Taubie Kushlick, so many Jewish women have devoted time, energy and kindness to those less fortunate than themselves, and enriched our lives with their gifts on the stage, in books, in research, and in the public realm. In Women’s Month we pay our respects to these formidable Joburg women, whose impressive heritage we are very proud of. But our walk is no mere homage –

Flo and Denise will have us enthralled with intimate, amusing, and affectionate portraits of these great women.


GUIDES : Flo Bird and Denise Alexander

PARK :
At the Jewish section of Westpark, which has a separate entrance on West Park Road, a long way from the entrance corner Beyer’s Naude. There is safe parking inside the grounds.
TIME : 14h00
MEET
: At the Ohel (chapel) in Westpark Jewish Cemetery
DURATION : Approximately 2.5 hours
COST : R120 for members and R190 for non-members. This includes a R50 donation to the Centre.
MAX No : 50

BUS TOUR - ‘REVOLUTION ON THE RAND – THE TUMULTUOUS EVENTS OF 1922’

SATURDAY, 31st AUG

In Fordsburg, passersby hurry through a nondescript market square bordered by Albertina Sisulu, Dolly Radebe, Mint and Central Roads, quite unaware it marks the final stronghold of armed strikers during the 1922 Rand Revolt.
Known as the 1922 Miners’ Strike, Rand Revolt or even Red Revolt, occurring merely five years after the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia, it remains the greatest violent political upheaval on the Witwatersrand (Rand).

Although the Rand has changed almost beyond recognition, many of the historical sites exist, to provide a glimpse of that seismic event. Researcher and explorer SJ De Klerk and veteran guide Clare van Zwieten will lead us on a fascinating exploration of the events of 1922, and how they shaped not on Johannesburg but the whole of South Africa.


GUIDES : SJ de Klerk and Clare van Zwieten

PARK :Sunnyside Park Hotel, Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown

TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 3 hours
COST : R300 for members and R350 for non-members
MAX No : 50

SEPTEMBER

 

WALKING TOUR - ‘RAND AIRPORT’

SATURDAY, 7th SEPT

The Rand Airport was opened in August 1935, and was immediately acknowledged by The Times as one of the Empire’s most modern and best equipped airports. The Terminal building is a masterpiece of streamlined moderne design, its hovering cantilevers and supporting columns evoking an aircraft undercarriage. The Times reported that passengers leaving London on Wednesdays arrived at Germiston on the Thursday afternoon of the following week – Johannesburg was now a mere 8 days away from the centre of the Empire!
80 years later, Johannesburg has developed into a regional aviation hub, and the airport and its frenetic pace have decamped to less evocative buildings in Kempton Park, but Rand Airport still performs an important role in the charter aviation industry, and its buildings – startlingly white cubist and rounded forms – are still a delight to behold.

Join us on a tour exploring the history of flight on the Rand, and the remarkable group of buildings comprising Rand Airport.


GUIDES : David Gurney

PARK : Rand Airport, on Rand Airport Road, Germiston

TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 2 hours
COST : R100 for members and R170 for non-members
MAX No : 50

 

WALKING TOUR - ‘ST JOHN THE DIVINE IN BELGRAVIA’

SATURDAY, 21st SEPT

St John the Divine in Belgravia dates back to 1904, at a time when this part of town still boasted a number of notable residents, and when its leafy streets were considered as posh as Parktown or Doornfontein. Its foundation stone was laid by Edith Grace Jeppe, wife of Sir Julius Jeppe, the mining magnate and property mogul whose own home, Friedenheim, was situated close by.
Belgravia is today a desperately poor suburb, and its grand homes have either vanished or are slowly decaying. Bu St John’s has survived, and the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation has recently completed a renovation of the interior of the church.
To celebrate, we will be touring the newly restored church and exploring the surrounding neighbourhood. This is a tour not to be missed!


GUIDES : Prof. Katherine Munro and Clive Chipkin

PARK : St John the Divine, corner of Fawcus and Scott Streets, Belgravia (Jeppestown)

TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 2 hours
COST : R100 for members and R170 for non-members
MAX No : 50

HERITAGE DAY TOUR 24TH SEPTEMBER 2019 - MEMBERS ONLY

TUESDAY, 24th SEPT

This small, but exclusive tour to Orlando East, gives us the chance to celebrate Heritage Day with our colleagues from the James Sofasonke Mpanza Heritage Foundation.
The bus leaves at 8.30am from Sunnyside Park Hotel and goes straight to Mooki Street, the first “high Street” in Soweto, which has churches, schools a library, police station, Magistrates Court and the Orlando Stadium, a famous home of soccer.  We visit the Orlando Swimming Baths to unveil a plaque recording the donation of the pool which Father Trevor Huddleston built.
We stop at Orlando High School which is celebrating its 80th anniversary – the first High School in Soweto. We are unveiling a Blue Plaque to The Rock on the Rock! We will also inspect the Alumni Honours Boards installed by the JHF as the most amazing part of the School’s heritage. A princess, past president of South Africa, the two founders of South African soccer and an Archbishop. It is a list of such distinction that few schools could rival.
Then we drive through the residential area to pass the Home of Seth Mazibuko where we unveiled a plaque in 2017 and also that of Letta Mbulu whose great singing career was recognised with a blue plaque in 2018 and visit the James Sofasonke House, a fully declared Provincial Heritage Site. That is so rare an honour that people think the Provincial Heritage Resources Authority of Gauteng does not exist anymore. PHRAG certainly hasn’t declared a heritage site for 7 years.
The tour will be led by Tshenolo Mokhele who is a trustee of both the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation and the James Sofasonke Foundation.
We return to Sunnyside Park by 1.30pm

There are only 12 spaces open for the tour which costs R250 per person. So if you want an entirely new experience book NOW through Eira at our office. Either by e-mail to mail@joburgheritage.co.za
Or telephone 011 482-3349

Please note due to the small number of seats payment must be made within 24 hours and proof of payment sent to our office or the seat may be sold.


GUIDES : Flo Bird

PARK : Sunnyside Park Hotel

TIME : 08h15
DURATION :
COST : R250

MEMBERS ONLY AND THEIR GUESTS

 

 

BUS TOUR - ‘HEIDELBERG’

SATURDAY, 28th SEPT

Founded in 1862 as a trading station by the German Heinrich Julius Ueckermann, Heidelberg was named after the picturesque German city in which he studied. The town played an important role in the ZAR, serving as capital of the Boer republic during the first Anglo Boer War, and as a major cultural centre.
After a period of neglect, it is on the cusp of a renaissance. The stately Station now functions as a museum, craft beer brewery and restaurant. There is much else to see: churches of every denomination and style, historic banks, imposing civic buildings, and some of the oldest residential buildings north of the Vaal. 

Our tour includes lunch at the historic station, where we’ll be served a sumptuous lunch.


GUIDES : Brett McDougall

PARK : Sunnyside Park Hotel, Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown

TIME : We depart at 09h00, and return at 16h00
DURATION : Approximately 7 hours
COST : R500 for members and R600 for non-members – this includes the cost of lunch
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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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

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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