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PALM TREE RELOCATED

The palm tree from an old home in Houghton which is making way for new office development has been moved to the National Anglo Boer War Memorial in Saxonwold, at the top of the Zoo. It replaces one which died quite a few years ago. Two rows of palm trees flank the northern vista.

The palm tree was transplanted by Barrow Construction - a most important conrtibution to our heritage.

As a trustee for the memorial I am delighted.

 

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NEWS! - JOBURG’S 130th BIRTHDAY

On Joburg’s 130th birthday Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba and MMC Nonhlanhla Sifumba visited Museum Africa and were photographed next to the original Mayoral Chair. The Mayor dared not sit in it as the seat has collapsed. Vice Chair Kathy Munro suggested it offered a fine project for the Foundation – repairing the mayoral seat.

Joburg Heritage Foundation - Mayor Herman Mashaba & MMC Nonhlanhla

Thanks to the co-operation of the Friends of the James Hall Transport Museum the birthday celebrations proved a  very successful event for the JHF.

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Friends of the James Hall Museum of Transport brought the children from St Mary's Rosettenville to the party in the London bus.  Even the executive Mayor went for a ride around the block.

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FNB JOBURG 10K INCOME GENERATED FOR JHB HERITAGE FOUNDATION

THANKS TO ALL RUNNERS ON THE FNB CITY RUN

This is great news for the JHF as the special contribution for Heritage Day .  Most pf opur members were walking on heritage tours, so the fact that so many runners chose the JHF as their charity is most gratifying. They ,must really have enjoyed the run as the city’s heritage is rising and surviving.

THANK YOU FOR RUNNING FOR JOBURG’S HERITAGE.

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New blue Plaque: Honouring Circle Court and commemorating Clarendon Circle after which it was named.

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St  Mary’s school Waverley visited Northwards and a very happy tour took them out into the garden to enjoy the stunning view to the Magaliesberg.

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Great News! PHRAG has resolved to declare Endstead 18 Escombe Avenue in Parktown a provincial Heritage Site. We had applied for this.  Endstead was designed by Baker’s partner Ernest Wilmott Slope for himself. Baker chose a north-facing site on the central Parktown Ridge. Fleming also chose a north facing site but on the Houghton Ridge –close to St John’s  College. Sloper chose the south facing  site on the western Parktown ridge. All three were built of stone, and all three reveal  their owners special preferences.  We need to arrange a tour because though they shared an Arts and Crafts philosophy they were very different men and their homes prove it.

For more detailed information - read more

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SAHRA has finally decided to declare Constitution Hill a National Heritage Site and invited our comment. Since we did our first tours there in 1993 and put it forward as a World Heritage Site we are exceedingly pleased that Cape Town has finally woken up to the enormous significance of Con Hill, The Fort or Number Four. Whichever name you use it is our premier heritage site in Johannesburg. NOTHING RIVALS IT!

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