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EVENTS

 

MEMBERS’ TOURS

THIRD QUARTER PROGRAMME

JULY TO SEPTEMBER, 2018

 

AUGUST 2018

 

HOUSE TOUR - ‘LIFESTYLES OF VICTORIAN JOBURG’S RICH AND FAMOUS’

SUNDAY, 5th AUGUST

This is a tale of rags to riches, of hard work and not a little luck, and the comforts that were enjoyed by the privileged few in the ramshackle colonial outpost of Johannesburg. Thomas Cullinan arrived in the City in 1887 a humble bricklayer, but by 1896 he was able to build The View, a fabulous statement of wealth on the Parktown ridge.
The richness of detail and ornamentation quite takes the breath away, and the impact of the interiors is heightened by the regalia and history of the Transvaal Scottish, which is proudly on display. This spectacular mansion has been beautifully restored.

We will explore the house and be enthralled by the story of the Cullinans and the history of the Transvaal Scottish, and we will also learn of domestic life in Victorian and Edwardian Johannesburg. But the highlight for many will be tea and scones served in grand surroundings!

GUIDES : Dr Alexandra Parker and Monique Jefferson McDonald
PARK :
The View, 23 Ridge Road, Parktown
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 2 hours
COST : R140.00 for members and R200.00 for non-members – which includes tea and scones
MAX No : 40

 

 

WALKING TOUR - ‘REDISCOVERING THE ORANGE GROVE WATERFALL’

SUNDAY, 12th AUGUST

The Sandspruit rises in the koppie under Bellevue and follows a subterranean path before gushing forth as the Orange Grove Waterfall. The Waterfall’s scenic beauty and crystal clear waters were appreciated by the City’s first inhabitants, and soon a hotel and tearoom were established nearby, and the area became a popular resort, especially over weekends. Some of the attractions offered by the tearoom were Sunday concerts, a coach ride from the centre of town at one shilling per ride, and air balloon ascents.

Today the Waterfall is sadly forgotten, hidden in a corner of a poorly-tended property and behind an ugly wall. But the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation is determined that it be rediscovered and restored as an asset to the City and its Citizens. Join Brett McDougall as he walks us through the research he has conducted on the Waterfall and surrounding neighbourhood. Discover magnificent art deco apartment blocks, fascinating political history, and learn why Joburg must do all it can to rediscover the Orange Grove Waterfall.

GUIDES : Brett McDougall and Gail Wilson
PARK :
Houghton Office Park, 2 Osborne Road, Houghton
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 3 hours
COST : R90 for members and R150 for non-members
MAX No :50

 

HOUSE TOUR - ‘EDWARDIAN SPLENDOUR’

SATURDAY, 18th AUGUST

Perched high on the Parktown Ridge, Emoyeni was designed by the starchitects of their time, William Leck and Frank Emley, for Henry Hull, who would later become the Union’s first Minister of Finance. The red-brick home is perhaps Johannesburg’s most accomplished statement of Wren-inspired architecture. The details are quintessentially Edwardian - Tuscan colonnades, Palladian windows, white eaves trim, stone insets and segmental pediments – but the scale, befitting its important owner, is monumental.

Explore this grand house with us, and hear about its fascinating history, and then enjoy tea and refreshments on the terrace with one of the best views in Joburg.

GUIDES : Franky Toussaint and Ed Coogan
PARK :
Emoyeni, 15 Jubilee Road, Parktown
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 2 hours
COST : R190 for members and R250 for non-members – which includes tea and refreshments
MAX No :50

 

WALKING TOUR - ‘NEW DOORNFONTEIN’

SATURDAY, 25th AUGUST

The marketing gurus of Propertuity have recently rebranded the neighbourhood bounded by Marshall Street in the south and the railway track in the north Maboneng, “Place of Light”. But before the coffee shops, artisanal bakeries and rooftop bars, this precinct of mainly New Doornfontein had a vitality and historical richness unequalled in the city.
Under the expert guidance of David Gurney we explore the city’s earliest water sources, a unique industrial heritage, places of worship, and the influence of waves of migration. What lies behind the veneer of rapid gentrification in the area will surprise many – Ball’s Rickshaw Hire, Reverend Goodenough and the American Zulu Church, and the “black spot” of the Molefe, Makapan, Mvuyana, Magonyane, Brown and Rooi yards.

Our tour explores the historical fabric of New Doornfontein, but also celebrates the new, including a remarkable building constructed of shipping containers.

GUIDES : David Gurney and Gail Wilson
PARK :
on the corner of Staib and Beacon
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R90 for members and R150 for non-members
MAX No : 60

SEPTEMBER 2018

 

WALKING TOUR -‘A SACRED PLACE – THE YEOVILLE RIDGE’

SUNDAY, 2nd SEPTEMBER

The Yeoville Ridge rises above the remains of fashionable Doornfontein, its last few mansions clinging to the koppie, and has commanding views over the City. In any other City this unique sense of place would be celebrated, but in Joburg even the worshippers who braved the neglect and piles and rubbish are no longer welcome.

The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation recently commissioned a heritage study into the Ridge, and will be campaigning to have its heritage value recognised. Join Kathy Munro as she explores the Ridge, the area’s grand apartment blocks Westminster Mansions, Helvetia Court, Diamond Court, and its unique water towers. She is joined by Richard Holden, a local resident who refused to be bowed by the City’s neglect and has almost single-handedly cleaned up mountains of rubbish on historic Stewart Pass, and Gabrielle Ozynski, an artist and neighbourhood activist.

GUIDES : Prof. Katherine Munro, Richard Holden and Gabrielle Ozynski
PARK : Outside Westminster Mansions on Highlands Street, Highlands. We will have a car guard, but if you’d prefer not to park here. Please carpool or Uber.
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 2.5 hours
COST : R90 for members and R150 for non-members
MAX No :60

MEMBER’S ONLY TOUR - ‘HIDDEN ST ANDREW’S’

SATURDAY, 8th SEPTEMBER

Originally founded in 1902, St Andrew’s School for Girls moved to the estate of Sir George Farrar, Bedford Farm and its homestead, Bedford Court, in 1921. Farrar was a giant of his day - a mining magnate, a prominent politician, and Chairman of the Chamber of Mines – and his home, designed by Herbert Baker in the Cape Dutch revival style, suitably grand.
Members will be fortunate to not only visit this magnificent building, but also grounds and hill behind to see the Farrar grave and memorials. Please wear sensible shoes! We shall also be seeing new photos from the St Andrew’s Archives.

Tea will be provided.

GUIDES : Bev Smith and Janet Hughes
PARK :
St Andrew’s School for Girls, St Andrew’s Avenue, Senderwood
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R100
MAX No : 20 – we regret no children allowed

 

SAVE THE DATE!
15 AND 16 SEPTEMBER
‘HERITAGE WEEKEND – DETAILS TO FOLLOW!’

 

WALKING TOUR - ‘JOHANNESBURG COUNTRY CLUB’

SATURDAY, 29th SEPTEMBER

The relatively little known but idyllic corner of Johannesburg is at its very best in Spring. Spend an afternoon enjoying the superb gardens, and exploring the history of the Club so closely tied to that of Johannesburg. We will visit the Secretary’s Residence and its lovely garden; we will view the original squash court with its antique, but very effective air-conditioning system and pay our respects at the Garden of Remembrance. The old stable where Members’ horses were attended to and where the polo ponies and hunters were stabled will be seen, and we will hear about the original spruit (still running) and the lake that developed out of the farm dam where the beaus of Johannesburg punted with their young ladies. The afternoon will end with tea and scones on the terrace.

GUIDES : William Gaul
PARK :
The Country Club, 1 Napier Road, Auckland Park
MEET :
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 2 hours
COST : R120 for members and R180 for non-members, which includes tea and scones
MAX No :40

 

 

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