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Quarterly Tours

PLEASE NOTE
COMPUTICKET BOOKINGS ARE NOT YET OPEN
BOOK THROUGH THE OFFICE ON 011 482-3349

MEMBERS’ TOURS

PROGRAMME

APRIL TO JUNE, 2013

 

NB : THE PARKTOWN AND WESTCLIFF HERITAGE TRUST IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED

TO ANY PERSON OR TO THEIR PROPERTY.  YOU JOIN THESE TOURS AT YOUR OWN RISK!

THIS IS JO’BURG – BE ADVENTUROUS!

 

 

DURATION OF ALL TOURS IS APPROXIMATELY 2 to 2½ HOURS UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED.

PLEASE NOTE THAT COMPUTICKET BOOKINGS WILL OPEN ON THE 10th JANUARY, 2011

 

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APRIL 2013

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WALKING TOUR - BRIXTON CEMETERY ‘BEYOND THE DITCH TO THE CREMATORIUM’Walking

SATURDAY, 13th APRIL

Across the Brixton Cemetery runs a shallow ditch beyond which lie the graves of the Chinese, Indian, coloured and black people. Some are famous and many have no headstone but it is a beautiful resting place culminating in the Hindu crematorium. The original structure is a declared heritage site and it was Gandhi who pressed the Town council for this space. On the walls of the offices nearby are the name s of those cremated there and one of the first lived in a fine house in Parktown – The Causeway/ The Hamlet.

We start in General Section (white) with the graves of some distinguished and three extinguished souls. The walk is shaded partly by huge blue gums, the tree of South African graveyards because wreaths are often made from the boughs and the seeds fall near the graves.

MEET : Flo Bird and Val Hammerton
RESEARCHER : Sarah Welham
TIME : 14h00
WHERE : Brixton Cemetery - enter from Krause Street at the grave of Daisy de Melker’s victims.  Follow the JHF signs.
DURATION : 2½ hours
COST : R70.00 for members and R100.00 for non-members

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WALKING TOUR -'TURFFONTEIN RACE COURSE’Walking

SATURDAY, 20th APRIL

Racing at Turffontein has been a Jo’burg tradition since December 1889 seldom interrupted except for the Anglo Boer War 1899-1902 and resumed as soon as possible thereafter. The grandstand itself incorporates the features of a very gracious predecessor and provides a wonderful view of the City.

All the buildings are of architectural interest and we’ll visit the parade ground and the earlier stables.  We will be there on race day so we’ll be enjoying not only the buildings and the history but even the horses.

We walk across to see the old Turffontein Fire Station of 1910 and we may glance at the flats designed by one of our guides to blend with the elegant brickwork of the old block. But our concentration is on brocks and mortar. You will have time to place a bet, but don’t lose your tour group.

MEET : Raymond Cardoso and Colin Berger
TIME : 14h00
PARK :
Turffontein Race Course - enter from Turf Club gate – where there is ample safe parking.  Look out for our tour leaders.
DURATION : Approximately 3 hours
COST : R70.00 for members and R100.00 for non-members
MAX No : 40

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SUNDAY, 28th APRIL

A tour to the earliest hot spots of Johannesburg when it was just a little mining town.  Street names are changing fast so we dig back in history and even visit Von Brandis before that name changes along with Commissioner and Sauer Streets. We look at a few of the oldest buildings to have survived the march of time and some have changed dramatically. The oldest one in Jo’burg is the police station in Bree Street which has certainly brightened up a lot since 1889.

MEET : Winnie and Ernest Job
TIME : 14h00
PARK :
The Sunnyside Park Hotel, 2 York Road, Parktown.
DURATION : Approximately 3 hours
COST : R150.00 for members and R180.00 for non-members
MAX No : 50

AS THIS IS A BUS TOUR IT IS ESSENTIAL TO BOOK

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MAY 2013

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WALKING TOUR - ‘SOPHIATOWN AND WESTDENE – TRIOMF AND TRAGEDY’Walking

SATURDAY, 4th MAY

Along a two-kilometre journey, we revisit tragedies of 1918, 1922, 1955 and 1985. When will we ever learn? We visit the great surviving monuments of Sophiatown explore the life of Trevor Huddleston, truly a sign of hope in the bleakest of times. These are landmark in Joburg’s history standing on the ridges of the Witwatersrand emphasising their stature.

We’ll be walking and driving as St Joseph’s is quite a way from Dr AB Xuma’s house, the lovely little Greek Orthodox Church and the Church of Christ the King. We end with a walk down to Westdene Dam to see the new memorial and get good views of this lovely park.

MEET : Ed Coogan and Franky Toussaint
TIME : 13h00
PARK : The Sophiatown Heritage and Cultural Centre (cor Edward and Toby Streets, Sophiatown)
DURATION : Approximately 4 hours
COST : R90.00 for members and R120.00 for non-members (this includes entrance fee into the Museum)
MAX No : 40

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SATURDAY, 11th MAY

Take a step back in time by visiting the Old Gen the first hospital built after the discovery of gold.  It was staffed by Mother Adele and the nuns from Bordeaux in France.  This is where South Africa’s first kidney and liver transplants were performed by the late Professor Bert Myburgh.  New developments by and for WITS Reproductive Health Unit in the original Nurses Home and the Theatre Block designed by Gordon Leith preserve much of this site from decay. The Colin Gordon Hospital  designed by Wilhelm Pabst, and the third Medical School stand on the north side of Esselen Street are part of RHRU and the extraordinarily dynamic team of Professor Helen Rees and Yael Horowitz will explain the adaptive reuse of these phenomenal buildings.  

MEET : Val Hammerton and Clare van Zwieten
TIME : 14h00
PARK : In Esselen Street near the corner of Klein Street.  Please note Esselen Street is not accessible from Hospital Street
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DURATION : Approximately 3 hours
COST : R70.00 for members R100.00 for non-members
MAX No : 40

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WALKING TOUR - 'YEOVILLE’S ARCHITECTURAL GEMS’Walking

SATURDAY, 18th MAY

There is a lot that is sad and drab in Yeoville and even more that is illegal, but it still boasts some of the most outstanding works of architecture in the City. So drop your prejudices, bring Cameras and see 2 very beautiful stone churches – St Aidan’s which actually has a carillon of bells and St Mary’s Presbyterian Church. Radoma Court generally regarded as the finest example of Modernism, lots of stylish Art Deco flats; Maurann Court (maisonettes by Issy Wayburne) a house by Kallenbach, a much older one by Cope Christie (think of Dolobran with its onion dome in Parktown) rising up to Helvetia Court near the top of the hill, pass San Remo and back to the wonderful stone synagogue by Morgenstern and Morgenstern.

Name dropping is in: Harold le Roith, Issy Wayburne, John Fassler. Only the City Centre can outweigh Yeoville’s architectural heritage. For fun we throw in some special residents Emily Hobhouse, Ronnie Kasrils and Ali Bacher.

MEET : Brian McKechnie and Clare Eisenstein
TIME : 14h00
PARK : Muller Street off Cavendish behind St Francis Catholic Church
DURATION : Approximately 3 hours
COST : R70.00 for members and R100.00 for non-members
MAX No : 40

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WALKING TOUR -ST ANDREW’S SCHOOL, BEDFORDVIEW ‘NEW INSIGHTS INTO A GRACIOUS HOME OF YESTERYEARWalking

SATURDAY, 25th MAY

Bedford Court, designed by Sir Herbert Baker for George Farrar (later Sir George) and whose foundation stone was laid by Lord Milner in 1903, is now, 110 years later, recognised as one of the leading Girls School in South Africa.

We shall be able to see the recent restoration of the beautiful exterior, see new architectural additions and hear of proposed future developments. We shall also have the privilege of hearing about new aspects of the history of the Farrar family which have come to light through recent research.

MEET : Janet Hughes, Clare van Zwieten and Bev Smith (Head of the St. Andrews Heritage Foundation) in the front drive of the school
TIME : 14h00
PARK : In the school grounds, St. Andrews Avenue (off Club Street opposite Huddle Park, Linksfield)
DURATION : Approximately 3 hours
COST : R70.00 for members and R100.00 for non-members
MAX No : 40

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JUNE 2013

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DEAR MEMBER - RESTAURANT VISIT - BOOYSENS HOTEL - WE’RE GOING DOWN SOUTH!Walking

SATURDAY, 1st JUNE

Following the discovery of gold in 1886, people flocked to Johannesburg from all directions. Many of them came from the south – from the Kimberley diamond fields and, from further afield like Europe and the Cape. A camp sprung up in Booysens, where there was so much game and the stream which ran through it made it a popular area for recreation and hunting. The Hotel and Police Station near by were built in 1893, and the former has been a popular “watering Hole” ever since.

Following the discovery of gold in 1886, people flocked to Johannesburg from all directions. Many of them came from the south – from the Kimberley diamond fields and, from further afield like Europe and the Cape. A camp sprung up in Booysens, where there was so much game and the stream which ran through it made it a popular area for recreation and hunting. The Hotel and Police Station near by were built in 1893, and the former has been a popular “watering Hole” ever since.

We have arranged for a buffet lunch in one of the dining facilities and will give a short talk on the hotel and surrounding area.

We will meet at the hotel. There is adequate secure parking at the back of the Hotel.  Bookings can only be made through the office on 011 482-3349 every weekday morning from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm

MEET : De Adams
TIME : 12h30 to 14h30
PARK : Parking area to the west behind the Hotel. The Hotel is at 33 Booysens Road (corner Fraser Street), Booysens.  See directions below.
DURATION :
COST : R180 per person – all drinks are for your own account.
MAX No : 50 – but we must confirm the numbers by Tuesday 28th May

DIRECTIONS.
Travelling from the north, take the M1 South past the CBD and follow the M1South (follow the lanes to Bloemfontein/Soweto). Pass what is left of the mine dumps and, keep in the left lane and take the turn off M27 Booysens. The road forks – take the left fork to Booysens – the Hotel is also signposted.

Cross two robots and the Hotel is on the left side. Immediately after passing the Hotel turn left. The  Hotel parking is about 200 metres down to the left. We will meet in the car park. 

 

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WALKING TOUR - MELVILLE MISCELLANY’Walking

SATURDAY, 8th JUNE

Spend a Saturday afternoon exploring part of this interesting old suburb. We offer an attractive potpourri of aspects of life here: some architecture, beautiful gardens, the slightly jaded glam of 7th Street, a good slice of history and, of course, the koppies and the breath-taking views that they provide.

This is a strenuous tour, decidedly not for the infirm.

MEET : William Gaul and Denise Alexander
TIME : 13h30 – PLEASE NOTE EARLY STARTING TIME
PARK : Hill Road, just off the intersection of 8th Avenue / Rustenburg Road
DURATION : Approximately 3 hours
COST : R70.00 for members and R100.00 for non-members
MAX No : 40

 

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BUS TOUR -MEMORY AGAINST FORGETTING’ A tribute to the role of Jewish men and women in the Strugglegif

SUNDAY, 23rd JUNE

This tour is concentrated in the eastern suburbs of Yeoville, Norwood, Oaklands and The Gardens passing the homes of Jewish activists who as white South Africans were willing to forego their privileged position to join the struggle to achieve democracy.  We will be unveiling plaques to some of them as a special tribute, and each year we hope we will be unveiling more plaques because it is so easy to forget the sacrifices made by others so that we could enjoy the freedom of a constitutional democracy.

Most of the names we’ll be remembering were Jewish; Hilda and Rusty Bernsteins, Harmels, Weinbergs, Barsels, Wolpes, Heymanns and Joe Slovo, but we will also be honouring a great and noble friend they all shared, Bram Fischer. We will be remembering others as we pass their old homes,

This is a bus tour but we will be getting off at “Red Square” given that nickname by the Security Branch because the Weinbergs lived on one side of the road and the Harmels on the other and before they were banned and later imprisoned they had lots of visitors.  According to the SB these were all communists. Some were and some weren’t but they were united in opposition to Apartheid.

MEET : Flo Bird and Brett McDougall
RESEARCHER : Merle Ruff
TIME :14h00 – NB THE TOUR MUST LEAVE ON TIME

MEET:
PARK :Sunnyside Park Hotel, 2 York Avenue, Parktown
DURATION : 2½ hours
COST : R120.00 for members and R200.00 for non-members
MAX No : 60

THIS IS A BUS TOUR SO BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.

 

 

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