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EVENTS

 

MEMBERS’ TOURS

FOURTH QUARTER PROGRAMME

OCTOBER TO DECEMBER, 2019

 

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NOVEMBER

 

CEMETERY TOUR - ’WAR, DISEASE AND REVOLT – A TUMULTUOUS HISTORY AT PRIMROSE CEMETERY’

SATURDAY, 9th NOV

Primrose Cemetery in Germiston is the second oldest on the Witwatersrand. It contains the mortal remains of 544 Imperial Soldiers who perished in the South African War, including the grave of Colonel Benson, famed for unexpectedly and successfully attacking Boer commandos in Mpumulanga, and the grave of Boer General Gert Gravett, who unexpectedly died at Roossenekal after being wounded at the Mapochsgronden while standing next to one of the last remaining field pieces of the ZAR.

Our tour explores how Captain Nolte, a well-known East Rand attorney and rugby player, was treacherously shot and killed at Treurfontein, now Coligny, during the 1914 Afrikaner Rebellion, the graves of miners who suffered the agonising effects of miners' phthisis, the grave of Dr. Spaulding who heroically nursed the sick and dying during the 1918 Spanish Influenza, only to fall victim of this pandemic during 'Black' October 1918, and the graves of soldiers and policemen who were killed in the execution of their duties during the lawless days of the 1922 Miners' Revolt. 

Clare van Zwieten and SJ de Klerk are your expert guides on this fascinating exploration. Wear walking shoes, preferably not open sandals, a hat and have some sun block on hand as well as bottled water. Unfortunately there are no toilet facilities at the cemetery.


GUIDES : Clare van Zwieten and SJ de Klerk

MEET :
PARK : Within the grounds of Primrose Cemetery, on Cemetery Road. Meet at the entrance of the cemetery.
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 2.5 hours
COST : R100 for members and R170 for non-members
MAX No : 50

 

 

WALKING TOUR ‘REDISCOVERING THE ORANGE GROVE WATERFALL’

SATURDAY, 17th NOV

The Orange Grove Waterfall is a source of the Orange Grove Spruit. Its waters once irrigated the groves of Viljoen’s Lemoen Plaas, cooled early Joburgers in search of rest and respite from the City’s noise and dust, and created an environment so delightful that it even attracted a tea garden, zoo, and hot air balloon rides.

But, as Louis Botha became busier and dirtier, the Waterfall was forgotten and became a dumping spot, and insensitive bureaucrats even plotted how to surround it with blocks of flats.

Now there is hope. A heritage study commissioned by the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation appears to have fended off the worst intentions of Joburg’s planners, and the Police Reservists have started to clear two decades’ rubbish from the grounds of House Bleloch. Discover the Waterfall, House Bleloch, and the magnificent Art Deco apartment blocks of the surrounding neighbourhood on our walking tour.


GUIDES : Brett McDougall and David Fleminger

MEET :
PARK : The Police Reservists Training Centre, corner of Louis Botha and Houghton Drive. Enter Houghton Drive from Louis Botha – the property is the first on the left.
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 3 hours
COST : R100 for members and R170 for non-members
MAX No : 50

 

HOUSE TOUR - ‘TRACEY’S FOLLY’

SATURDAY, 23rd NOV

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 : Clare van Zwieten and Judith Cabral

MEET :
PARK : Beauvais – Head Office of Cargo Carriers, 11a Grace Road, Mountainview, Observatory.
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 1.5 hours
COST : R100 for members and R170 for non-members
MAX No :40

DECEMBER

 

BUS TOUR - ‘NEW YORK ON THE VELD – ART DECO JOHANNESBURG’

SATURDAY, 1st DECEMBER

In the 1930s Johannesburg rose up from its foundations to become a world city in the midst of a world depression. In the building boom that followed the abandonment of the gold standard, the city developed an overwhelmingly art deco character which survives to this day.

The Englishness of the 1920s was eclipsed by the new modernism emanating from the United States: ziggurats rising into the New York skyline; rounded, streamline shapes from the fetish speed objects of the 1930s; projecting horizontal motifs and chevron friezes.

The pre-eminent architects of the period, JC Cook & Cowen and Obel & Obel, intoxicated by what they had seen and learned on visits to the great metropolises of the United States, competed with each other to design buildings that were taller, more luxurious, and more startling in their decorative details.

Explore their legacy in a tour that encompasses Astor Mansions, Castle Mansions, Anstey’s, Manners Mansions, Dorchester Mansions, Dunvegan Chambers and other great art deco piles.


GUIDES : Brian Kent McKechnie and David Gurney

MEET :
PARK : Sunnyside Park, Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown.
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 3 hours
COST : R300 for members and R350 for non-members
MAX No : 50

 

YEAR END BOOK SALE AND AUCTION & ‘A CONVERSATION WITH AUTHOR DR PAM HELLER-STERN ON THE ENIGMATIC AND FASCINATING JOSEPHINE DALE-LACE’

SATURDAY, 7th DECEMBER

Details to follow!

 

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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