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EVENTS

 

MEMBERS’ TOURS

THIRD QUARTER PROGRAMME

JULY TO SEPTEMBER, 2017

 

 

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JULY

 

CEMETERY TOUR - ‘BRIXTON CEMETERY - FADED SPLENDOUR’

SATURDAY, 1st JULY

Less illustrious than Braamfontein, Brixton Cemetery is no less splendid!

The first curving row on our visit includes three Baronets and their Lady wives, Anglicans to the left, Presbyterians to the right, but all rather rich with handsome family plots. This will not be our last brush with greatness – we later visit a knight of the realm who earned his honours.

But Joburg has always had far more troublemakers than dutiful servants, and we will pay our respects to strikers of 1922: Taffy Long and JT Bain (He Made History the grave proclaims). The Mayoral Row includes our favourite troublemaker of them all, Mary Fitzgerald and her husband Archie Crawford.

And we do not forget our artists and celebrities: editors, a film star (the noisy ones), the sadly damaged grave of the artistic Webster family, and the wonderful George Ness who was responsible for the ornamental brass and iron work for Herbert Baker.

We are in cemetery, so our visit ends on a suitably ghoulish note – the victims of Daisy de Melker.

MEET : Flo Bird, Gail Wilson and Sarah Welham
PARK : Brixton Cemetery - enter from enter from 17th Street, the East Gate, and park on the first road near the West Gate. We will have car guards.
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 2.5 hours
COST : R90.00 for members / R150.00 for non-members
MAX No : 50

LECTURE AT NORTHWARDS -  ‘EMPIRE, WAR AND CRICKET IN SOUTH AFRICA, with DEAN ALLEN'

SATURDAY, 8th JULY

Be riveted by cricket, the Randlords, Anglo-Boer War, the Karoo and the “Laird of Matjiesfontein”. Dean Allen came to South Africa in the 1990’s and his interest developed further during his post-graduate studies at Stellenbosch University. While researching for his Masters degree he first visited Matjesfontein and developed a special relationship with the town and its people.

“The Laird”, James Logan, was a 19-year-old Scottish immigrant who intended to go to Queensland but the ship on which he was travelling was damaged off the Cape and Logan decided to “walk” to Cape Town. His first job was a porter at the Station but within a short period he became Station Master and subsequently the District Superintendent of the railway between Hex River and Prince Albert. By 1883 he was in Matjiesfontein and, with help from the likes of Cecil John Rhodes, Abe Bailey, James Sivewright and many others, he farmed in the Karoo, built the Lord Milner Hotel, started a local cricket team, became a member of Parliament and organised the first ever tour to England by a South African cricket team.

MEET : Dr. Dean Allen
PARK : Northwards, 21 Rockridge Road, Parktown
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 2 hours
COST : R90.00 for members / R150.00 for non-members, including tea and biscuits
MAX No : 70

 

HOUSE TOUR - ‘TRACEY’S FOLLY’

SATURDAY, 15th JULY

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.

MEET : Clare van Zwieten and Judith Cabral
PARK : Beauvais – Head Office of Cargo Carriers, 11a Grace Road, Mountainview, Observatory
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 2 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members
MAX No : 40

 

SATURDAY, 22ND JULY at 14H00

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF
THE JOHANNESBURG HERITAGE FOUNDATION
TO BE HELD AT

WINDYBROW

CORNER OF NUGGET AND PIETERSEN STREET

SAFE PARKING inside the property.

For catering purposes please advise Eira Bond of your attendance.
011 482-3349 / mail@joburgheritage.co.za

Click here to open - Operational Review Budget and Plan for the AGM_22 July 2017

 

WALKING TOUR - ‘JOBURG IS BACK ON THE GASTRONOMIC MAP’

SATURDAY, 29th JULY

 

Until very recently, downtown Johannesburg did not offer much in the way of gastronomic adventures. But the City’s dining scene is slowly waking from its slumber, and now boasts some of Joburg’s most exciting foodie options.

Our tour starts at 1 Fox, which houses a market and some remarkable bars and restaurants in industrial structures, some dating back to 1893. In the relaxed sophistication of 1 Fox’s cobbled courtyards, it is almost possible to forget that the menacing structure of the old John Vorster Square and its terrifying history looms over us. We confront that uncomfortable past, and then explore the architecture and history of old Chinatown, including perhaps the oldest restaurant still operating in the City, the Swallow Inn.

Our journey to the Financial District takes us through a section of the City with a remarkable Struggle pedigree. We pay tribute to the brave lawyers Mandela & Tambo, salute the love and courage of Albertina and Walter Sisulu, and remember the sacrifices of Ahmed Kathrada before arriving in the Financial District. Here we explore the coffee shops and restaurants that have set up home in the magnificent Edwardian and Art Deco edifices of the area, including a wine cellar located in an old bank vault!

We end our tour back at 1 Fox, just in time for lunch! Their restaurants are popular, so please book well in advance if you intend staying for lunch.

GUIDES : Adam Golding
PARK : Secure parking area at 1 Fox
MEET : At the Main Street (not Fox Street!) entrance of 1 Fox
TIME : 10h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members
MAX No : 50

 

HIKING TOUR - ‘DAMHOEK PASS AND CASTLE GORGE’

SUNDAY, 30th JULY

Castle Gorge and Damhoek Pass saw significant Boer and British activity during various periods of the Anglo-Boer War. The Damhoek Pass was an important route over the Magaliesberg, and for this reason, in August 1901, the British Army fortified the area with no less than seven "Rice Pattern" blockhouses various other smaller fortifications. The remains of these structures can still be seen today.

Castle Gorge was the probable site of several hidden Boer industries, including a grain mill powered by the stream, a blacksmith, and a shoemaker. Unfortunately no physicial evidence of these Boer industries has yet been found, but we keep looking!

Join us on a hike of this area to explore its history and structures, and to admire the beautiful scenery, all in beautiful Winter sunshine.

Our itinerary:

  • Meet at the car park at 08:30.
  • Start walk at 09:00.
  • Reach Damhoek plateau and saddle by 10:00 – a steep 3 km walk.
  • Enjoy the view and a presentations on Magaliesberg history. Finish 11:30.
  • Those who have had enough can wait here.
  • Walk gently to lower cascades below Castle Gorge. On the way, we stop briefly at the Piranha Pool arriving by 12:30. This is 3 km gentle downhill, but on rough roads / paths.
  • Brief presentations at the cascades.
  • Bring your own picnic lunch to eat at the cascades, departing at 14:00.

Return same route. Leave car park latest 16:00.

GUIDES : Ed Coogan
MEET : At the car park – exact location will be provided
TIME : 08h30 – 16h00
DURATION : FULL DAY!
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members
MAX No : 20

 

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AUGUST 2017

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WALKING TOUR - ‘FROM THE FEVER HOSPITAL TO THE NEW COUNCIL CHAMBERS – AN EXPLORATION OF CIVIC HILL’

SATURDAY, 5th AUGUST

When the Fever Hospital was constructed in the first decade of Milner rule, it a lonely occupant of a neglected area nestled between working class Braamfontein, patrician Parktown, and bustling Hillbrow. But by the 1960s, with land values having skyrocketed in the City, and the Council requiring space to grow, this area would become the focus of an ambitious plan to create a “Civic Hill” for Johannesburg.

A competition was held to choose the design, and the winning scheme was described at the time as having the “makings of a great work of contemporary architecture”. Time has been less kind, and Clive Chipkin has described the Civic Centre as “an overpowering bureaucratic presence above desolate, granite-chip piazzas”. 

Since 1994 a number of minor interventions have attempted to improve the interface of the now renamed Metro Centre with the surrounding fabric, including Albonica Sack’s Metro Link Reception Centre, which aimed to provide a public interface and a legible entry point to the Metro Centre. The most recent, and certainly the most sublime, is the new Council Chambers building, designed by studioMAS. Its design is consciously Afrocentric, while the materials used are transparent, reflecting a commitment to an open and accountable bureaucracy.

We are privileged to be taken on a tour of the interior of the new Council Chambers – so this is not a tour to be missed!

GUIDES : Dr Alexandra Parker and Brett McDougall
PARK : The Joburg Theatre Parking
MEET : Outside the main entrance to the Joburg Theatre
TIME : 09h00 – note the early start!
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members
MAX No : 40

 

WALKING TOUR - ‘CUTHBERT’S AND ITS NEIGHBOURS’

SATURDAY, 12th AUGUST

Designed by William Henry Stucke in 1904 on Johannesburg’s most important retail intersection, Eloff and Pritchard, Cuthbert’s has weathered decades of neglect to emerge as the centrepiece of Propertuity’s Chambers of Change. It remains one of Johannesburg’s most magnificent buildings: eclectically Victorian, with enchanting architectural details that lead the eye up to a corner turret.

Through a sensitive renovation, its exterior has been renewed and important interior features retained, and this process has been extended to its neighbours too, including one of the City’s fabled art deco edifices, Dunvegan Chambers.

We are thrilled to be led on an interior tour of Cuthbert’s by heritage architects Brian Kent McKechnie and Candice Keeling, and also explore the history and architecture of the surrounding area.

This is a tour not to be missed!

GUIDES : Dr Alexandra Parker and Colin Berger
PARK : The View, 23 Ridge Road, Parktown
MEET : At the statue of the newspaper seller on Fox Street near the Kruis Street intersection
TIME : 10h00 – note the early start!
DURATION : 2 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members
MAX No : 40

 

MEMBERS ONLY TOUR

MEMBERS ONLY TOUR - ‘IMPRESSED - CUSTODIANS OF ANCIENT CRAFTS AND APPARATUS ’

SATURDAY, 19th AUGUST

“The trade of Bookbinder has been ranked among the most difficult of the arts. It is incontestably one requiring much care, great neatness, correct taste, and attentive practice, to form a skilful workman and without these requisites no one will ever attain the three great characteristics of good binding: solidity, elasticity and elegance.”

Those words were written in 1835 by John Hannett (alias John Arnett) in his Bibliopegia, a book that became a manual for generations of bookbinders. In a world of digital everything, our members may be surprised to learn that the art of bookbinding and letterpress continues to be practised in Johannesburg. Impressed Craft Bindery and Letterpress is located in Birdhaven. It is a working studio, a print museum, a letterpress art experimental space, a craft bindery and a library. The very beautiful workshop, all in handcrafted wood with an interior upstairs gallery – is an undiscovered treasure of Johannesburg.

Martin Ciolkosz, a specialist craftsman, has generously invited JHF members to Impressed to view the studio and workshop, learn about the presses, machinery, and antique tools, and to see his library.

This is a tour not to be missed!

GUIDES : Prof. Katherine Munro and Martin Ciolkosz
VENUE : 25 Greenacres Drive, Birdhaven
MEET : 14h00
DURATION : Approximately 2 hours
COST : R90.00
MAX No : 30

 

 

LECTURE AT NORTHWARDS - ‘TOWERS, TURRETS, SPIRES AND STEEPLES – A NEW LOOK AT OUR OLD CITY’

SATURDAY, 26th AUGUST

Kathmandu sits at 1,400 meters above sea level, whereas Johannesburg is at 1,753 meters.  Yet Johannesburg aspires to reach even higher in its added towers and spires.  Since the earliest days, 130 years ago, this is a city that has followed architectural fashions and has also invented its own, and there have been some strange results.  

This lecture takes you on a visual journey though the towers and turrets, spires and steeples of the city, old and new.  These pinnacles are "the cherries on the top" or could be something that rises from the quartz of the Witwatersrand.   We are still erecting these structures - Some with a homage to history and some with new creativity. They may be church steeples, mosque minarets, clock towers, funny follies, or imposing bank turrets, functional telecommunications or useful water towers, and some even had a military purpose. They are a feature of the Johannesburg skyline that you really can't ignore them, but somehow these edifices blend into the city without missing a beat.

See your city with a fresh eye, as Prof. Katherine Munro gives you pause for thought, a moment or two of laughter, and plenty of memories.

PRESENTOR : Prof. Katherine Munro
MEET : Northwards, 21 Rockridge Road, Parktown
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 2 hours
COST : R90.00 for members / R150.00 for non-members, including tea and biscuits
MAX No : 70

SEPTEMBER 2017

 

WALKING TOUR - ‘THE VALLEY ROAD IN SPRING’

SATURDAY, 2nd SEPTEMBER

Is there a more beautiful place in Johannesburg than Parktown’s The Valley Road in Spring? Originally called Prospect Terrace, it once looked over the plantation of Sachsenwald to the Magaliesberg beyond. That view may have changed, and the burgeoning skylines of Sandton and Rosebank may today be its most prominent feature, but its architectural gems and gardens (many laid out by Herbert Baker in the tradition of Gertrude Jekyll) remain intact.

Our leisurely walk starts near the intersection of Jan Smuts Avenue, and encompasses Moot House (perhaps one of Parktown’s most significant homes as this was where Milner’s Kindergarten planned the Union of South Africa), Terrace Lodge and Valley Home.

GUIDES : Monique Jefferson McDonald and Nicola Noble
PARK : On The Valley Road – meet your guides close to Jan Smuts
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members
MAX No : 50

 

WALKING TOUR - ‘BRIXTON’

SATURDAY, 9th SEPTEMBER

In the 1890s Brixton and neighbouring Auckland Park, were home to infamous “slaughter houses” which were “without exception dirty and in bad condition and… a perfect disgrace”. So it must have been a relief when, in 1902, the suburb was surveyed for residential development.  Its proximity to both the City and the mines ensured that stands were soon sold and built on, and it developed into a bustling, working class neighbourhood. So it comes as no surprise then that residents were involved in the 1922 strike - in a dramatic episode strikers were driven off the Brixton ridge where their positions were bombarded by artillery and by attacks from the air.

In the 1980s it would be among the first suburbs in the City to throw off apartheid segregation, and today it stands on the cusp on another dramatic change, and is likely to see densification and transformation of its fabric as part of the Corridors of Freedom initiative.

Join us on an exploration of Brixton past and present, its architecture and personalities.

Our tour takes place on one of Brixton’s wonderful community days, and tea and cake will be available for purchase.

GUIDES : David Gurney and John-John de Castro
PARK : On the street, at the corner of Putney and Wimbledon
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R150.00 for non-members
MAX No : 50

 

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

SATURDAY, 23rd SEPTEMBER

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.

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!

0.2 Category 1 credit to be awarded to each SACAP registered professional.

GUIDES : Dr Alexandra Parker and Colin Berger
PARK : The View, 23 Ridge Road, Parktown
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 2 hours
COST : R130.00 for members and R190.00 for non-members – which includes tea and scones
MAX No : 40

 

 

HERITAGE WEEKEND
30 SEPTEMBER & 1 OCTOBER

 

Attached find the Heritage Weekend Programme for 30 September & 1 October 2017.

Click here to open JHF Heritage Weekend Brochure.

 

PLEASE NOTE!

Seats for all tours are limited, book and pay now to avoid disappointment.

 

 

 

 

 

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