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EVENTS

 

MEMBERS’ TOURS

SECOND QUARTER PROGRAMME

APRIL TO JUNE, 2019

 

APRIL 2018

 

WALKING TOUR - ‘REMEMBERING OUR HEROES ON FREEDOM DAY

SATURDAY, 27th APRIL

The western edge of the original Randjeslaagte triangle is one of our City’s most culturally rich and important neighbourhoods, and it is here, amongst a polyglot population, where a number of famous Struggle Heroes found places to live and places to work.

Our tour starts with Diagonal Street with its old buildings – Gardee’s Arcade,  Nathanson’s Building, Saxonia House, Rosenberg’s Buildings – and its surviving shops - Limbada Books, Fry Pan Bazaar and Starlite Dress shop – but our focus will be on the famous personalities who lived and worked here - Albertina and Walter Sisulu square and Master Mansions, Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela at Chancellor House, and Ahmed Timol who sadly never experienced Freedom Day.

And excitingly, we unveil a number of blue plaques, including to Kathy Kathrada at Kholvad House.

GUIDES : Flo Bird and Denise Alexander
PARK :
Unfortunately due to the HIP HOP concert taking place on Mary Fitzgerald Square we are moving east to start at The Franklin.  So drive across the Queen Elizabeth Bridge and keep straight in Simmonds Street.  Turn right into Pritchard Street, left into Diagonal and left into Helen Joseph (formerly President Street).   Parking at The Franklin is on your left.

Do NOT cross the Nelson Mandela bridge.


MEET : In Pritchard Street outside the entrance to The Franklin.
TIME : 14h00 – which means you need to have parked by 13h45!
DURATION : 2.5 hours
COST : R100 for members and R170 for non-members. (The parking fee is not included)
MAX No : 50

MAY 2018

WALKING TOUR - ‘VICTORIA YARDS’

SUNDAY, 5th MAY

The grandly named “New York Steam Laundry, Limited” was established in 1903, and from 1913 occupied a gabled brick building on the corner of Viljoen Street and Victoria Road in Lorentzville, a suburb founded with the promise of a bucolic and salubrious lifestyle, far from the noise and dust of the City, but one that had gradually crept into semi-industrial decay as the wealthy moved north.

Its fortunes mirrored that of the City itself – growing and prospering in the 30’s boom and beyond, and then falling into decay as the suburbs spread further and further away.

But its buildings now have a new lease on life, as “Victoria Yards”, a development that replicates the success of 44 Stanley and Maboneng in bringing creative industries into derelict industrial spaces. In addition to this, the developers are also committed to the cause of urban agriculture, and to the rehabilitation of the Jukskei River, which runs through the site and once provided water to the steam laundry.

Join us on a tour that not only explores the past and future of Victoria Yards, but also the historic urban fabric that surrounds it. Our tour takes place on First Sundays, when studios are open to the public. We start early – at 10am – to allow participants to stay for lunch afterwards if they wish.

GUIDES : David Gurney and Brett McDougall
PARK : Victoria Yards, between Victoria Road and Frere Road on Viljoen Street, Lorentzville
TIME : 10h00
DURATION : 2 hours
COST : R100 for members and R170 for non-members
MAX No : 50

 

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

SATURDAY, 11th MAY

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 : Franky Toussaint and Ed Coogan
PARK : The View, 23 Ridge Road, Parktown
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 2 hours
COST : R170.00 for members and R240.00 for non-members – which includes tea and scones
MAX No : 40

MEMBERS-ONLY TOUR - ‘HIDDEN ST ANDREW'S’

SATURDAY, 25th MAY

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.


GUIDE : Eric Itzkin, Prof Katherine Munro and Brett McDougall
PARK  : Sunnyside Park Hotel, Princess of Wales Terrace Parktown
TIME  :  14h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R300 for members and R370 for non-members
MAXIMUM No : 50

 

JUNE 2019

BUS TOUR - ‘JOBURG – CITY OF MAKERS’
SATURDAY, 8th JUNE

Less a formal tour and more a series of encounters with some of Johannesburg’s makers, this experience will include visits to three studios in the city where the practice of age-old techniques of craftsmanship are being reinvigorated by a new generation of artisans and artists. 

We will visit the Victoria Yards studio and workshop of award-winning wood furniture designer David Krynauw whose designs utilise wood sourced from his family farm outside Piet Retief, a timber-growing region of Mpumalanga. 

Also in the city’s Maker’s Valley is Studio Lorenzi, a family-owned luxury handbag and accessories brand that is run by Ugo Lorenzi, whose father Renzo settled in South Africa from Italy in the 1960s. The brand is defined by its dedication to creativity and manufacturing excellence. 

Our final stop is the David Krut Projects Workshop at Arts on Main in Maboneng – one of South Africa’s most accomplished printmaking workshops. Having worked with South African’s top artists, this year master printer Jillian Ross and her team will complete the final image in the series of William Kentridge’s monumental woodcut prints based on the frieze that Kentridge installed along the banks of Rome’s Tiber River in 2016, Triumphs and Laments.

GUIDES : Laurice Taitz, editor of Johannesburg In Your Pocket City Guide
PARK : Sunnyside Park Hotel, Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R300 for members and R370 for non-members
MAX No : 50

 

BUS TOUR -‘STAINED GLASS – AN ANCIENT ART IN MODERN FORM’ Still to be confirmed
SATURDAY, 22nd JUNE

The use of “Stained Glass“ is unique amongst the Arts in its ability to “transmit” light.  The light passing through it not only intensifies the colours to which our eyes respond, but heightens our experience. Whilst light is absorbed on a canvas surface for example, the light passing through glass relates to atmospheric changes and provides reflections which capture our imagination.  It is this factor which has caused us to respond so readily when seen in windows or decorative pieces. Whilst stained glass is most often associated with use in religious buildings, there are also many fine examples of a secular nature.

We’ll be looking at some contemporary windows designed by Stephanie Fassler at St Mary’s School in Waverley and racing across town to St Charles Victory Park for an extraordinary set of windows in the triangular frames of the orange squeezer church.

Our grand finale will be in Hillbrow, to view some very dramatic windows designed by Elly Holm in the Sixties.  The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation has commissioned Stephanie to restore the ones which have been damaged with the opening and closing of windows.  This project has been supported very generously by the Mackenzie Foundation. The windows are in the Friedenskirche, a well-known landmark in Hillbrow and a proclaimed heritage site.

GUIDES : Janet Hughes, Stephanie Fassler, and Flo Bird
PARK : Sunnyside Park Hotel, Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 3 hours
COST : R300 for members and R370 for non-members
MAX No : 50

 

CEMETERY TOUR – BY BUS - ‘NEWCLARE CEMETERY’
SATURDAY, 29th JUNE

Newclare Cemetery, in the west of Johannesburg, was developed during South Africa's segregationist years when people of different races were separated in life and in death. Also known as Croesus Cemetery, it was a burial site for Asian, Coloured and Black South Africans, and is the resting place for war heroes and political activists: Walter Sisulu, the ANC’s first secretary-general who served 26 years as a prisoner on Robben Island, Albertina Sisulu, a stalwart of the Federation of South African Women and organiser of the 1956 women's march on the Union Buildings, and Rahima Moosa also a leader of the Women’s march, are buried there. 
Newclare Cemetery also holds over one hundred Commonwealth  War Graves commemorating members of the South African Cape Corps, the South African Indian and Malay Corps and the South African Native Corps who lost their lives in service to South Africa during World War Two.

We will also be looking at some interesting modern churches along our route designed by Donald Turgell.

GUIDES : Clare van Zwieten, Sarel de Klerk, Sarah Welham and Flo Bird
PARK : Sunnyside Park Hotel, Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown
TIME : 13h15 (bus leaves at 13h30!)
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R300 for members and R370 for non-members
MAX No : 50

 

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