Friends of Johannesburg Cemeteries

The Friends of Johannesburg Cemeteries (FOJC) was founded by Sarah Welham to research, explore, and restore Johannesburg’s historic cemeteries. It has signed a partnership agreement with Joburg Parks to enable this. The Friends meet regularly to clean headstones and cut back vegetation, and to prevent further deterioration of headstones. The Friends also funds the professional restoration of damaged headstones.

Upcoming Events:

On Sunday, January 29, we meet at Brixton cemetery at 9 am to clean and clear.  There will be opportunities for gardening, cleaning stones and turning stones.  Please consider joining us.  We are particularly short on strong people to help turn the heavy granite headstones.  For this, you will need a gwala or similar strong metal pole.

For gardening, you will need trowel, secateurs, loppers, gloves, black bags, a rake.

For stone cleaning, a spray bottle, bucket, soft brush – the ones used to polish shoes which have soft real bristle as opposed to plastic bristle are ideal, a toothbrush and as much water as you can bring – 20 litres per person at least.  There is no water on site.  A low stool is also useful for when you clean the bottom of the stones.

We also need people to collect litter.  Bring a pair of long tongs, gloves and black bags.


Please consider joining us.  We will be joined this time by some sketchers/artists and people looking for family graves.  Work will be in the shade mostly and we finish at noon, with a bring-your-own picnic under the trees.

Thanks – Sarah

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Friends of the Johannesburg Cemeteries in the Media

  • Friends of the Johannesburg Cemeteries was recently featured on eNCA eNUUS! Watch the clip here:
  • The Northcliff and Melville Times recently published an article about the FOJC’s work. Read it here.


Join us in cleaning our historic cemeteries, cleaning headstones, and documenting their history

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Assist us in restoring damaged historic headstones in our Cemeteries

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FOJC is able to conduct research on burials and graves on your behalf (fees may be applicable depending on the extent of research required)

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