Flo Bird, founder of the JHF, Celebrates 80th birthday

Flo Bird – esteemed founder of the Parktown and Westcliff Heritage Trust (which became the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation in 2012) – recently celebrated her 80th birthday! To honour the occasion, a wonderful tea was held at Northwards where old friends, family and colleagues came together to acknowledge the remarkable contribution made by our irresistible, indomitable, incredible Ms. Bird.

It was a worthy tribute to a lifetime of heritage activism, filled with laughter and smiles as speakers shared their favourite memories of Flo. An outstanding ‘newspaper’ featuring highlights from Flo’s distinguished career was produced by Michele Vrdoljak, Andre Vrdoljak and Diane Steele (see below). And Kathy Munro presented Flo with her very own (and well-deserved) Blue Plaque.

The inscription on the Blue Plaque reads: Flo Bird was born and bred in Johannesburg, living in the suburb of Parktown all her life. Descended from Johannesburg pioneers, she is a true heritage champion who has fought tirelessly for the city she loves. In 1985 she founded the Parktown and Westcliff Heritage Trust to rally support for the embattled heritage of the area. This vision grew into the much-admired Johannesburg Heritage Foundation, established in 2012. This plaque honours Flo – campaigner, educator, researcher and  Joburg treasure – on her 80th birthday.

The JHF and all its supporters would like to wish Flo a very happy birthday and many more years of health and happiness!

David Fleminger (JHF Chair), Flo Bird (JHF Honorary Life President) and Kathy Munro (JHF Vice-Chair)

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