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

MEMBERS’ TOURS

PROGRAMME

JANUARY TO MARCH, 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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JANUARY 2013

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WALKING TOUR - PARKTOWN WEST OF JAN SMUTS AVENUE 110 YEARS OLD’Walking

SATURDAY, 19th JANUARY

Seymour Avenue was named just after the Anglo Boer War and commemorates an eminent mining engineer.  Seymour Avenue was the site of an Ideal Homes Exhibition to promote the newly surveyed part of Parktown and boasts a range of architects and gables - a sign of gentility.  Kangarilla has recently been partially restored and refurbished for its new use as offices.  It faces Jan Smuts Avenue proudly.  It was the best residential address in 1903.  Next door is Little Holm of Boer War memories and a smart young architect, Percival Hill Mitchelson.  Two doors down the Central African Railways erected a double storey, also designed by pioneer architects, this time Aburrow and Treeby.  We continue slowly down the road visiting homes still very proud of their age and their origins.
We reach Herbert Baker’s work at the end of the road - same year, but a real revolutionary he turned out to be in the domestic field.

We venture further to Frere, Barkly, Campbell, Gale, Rhodes and we choose the oldest and most varied works of Johannesburg’s Edwardian architects.

MEET : Flo Bird and William Gaul
TIME : 14h00
PARK : At the park between Seymour and Falklands Avenues Parktown
DURATION : Approximately 2½ hours
COST : R70.00 for members
MAX No : 40

THIS IS A MEMBER’s ONLY TOUR
BOOK THROUGH THE OFFICE ON 011 482-3349

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WALKING TOUR -'FROM CONCESSION TO CO-OPERATION’Walking

SATURDAY, 26th JANUARY

Join us on a tour of Modderfontein.  The history of the area is intrinsically linked to the development of Johannesburg as Africa’s power house.

Discover the stories behind the growth of explosives in the Mining Industry and the move into less dramatic activities.

The distinctive "village atmosphere" of a bygone era covers nearly 120 years. 

Many of the century old buildings are still in use today, including some with strong Anglo-Boer war connections.  Add to this many interesting personalities and there is a recipe for a fascinating exploration of a Johannesburg suburb.

MEET : Keith Martin 082 450 4003, Clare van Zweiten and Janet Hughes
TIME : 14h00
PARK :
At Museum – directions below
DURATION : Approximately 3 hours
COST : R70.00 for members and R100.00 for non members
MAX No :
50

DIRECTIONS:
GPS coordinates for the Museum where we will meet are:
S26degrees;05';45.8"   E28degrees;09';7.01"
Physical address is 2 Main Street, Modderfontein

Travelling on N3 South, take London Road exit (next after Marlboro). 
At intersection with Johannesburg Rd (2nd traffic light), turn left (down avenue of tall fir trees)
At traffic circle take second left (Valley Road) - at traffic circle (in the valley) cross over (Church on LHS) continue along Valley Road.
Continue up the hill after the road takes a left turn at "Willow Bridge".  Pass under Gautrain bridge.  Go through traffic circle.  Next left at the "industrial fountain"
Turn left at T junction into Main Rd 
Museum is first building on RHS.

If travelling on N3 North
Take Modderfontein exit (next after Linksfield)
Continue on R25 (P91) (avenue of fir trees) passing through traffic lights at Edenvale turn off (to the right).  Over the hill.  Through next traffic light
Take slip road to the left into Johannesburg Road when R25 curves to the right.
Meet up with intersection with London Road (traffic lights)
Follow directions above.

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FEBRUARY 2013

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WALKING TOUR - WITS MEETS BRAAMFONTEIN’Walking

SATERDAY, 2nd FEBRUARY

This tour will focus on the eastern side of the Braamfontein East Campus of Wits University.   Wits interfaces with the City with its buildings on Jan Smuts Avenue and is a major contributor to the revitalization of Braamfontein. 

Wits has gradually taken over an historic corner of Braamfontein and saved an interesting range of heritage buildings in the process.   We are able to study evolution and change through the buildings of this part of Johannesburg.  This south eastern section of the University is dedicated to the arts.  The Old School of Dentistry (an architecturally important Fassler building with an early Villa art work is now home to the School of Arts.   The old University Corner (once Lawson's building with its revolving restaurant and garage) has been given a new and very visible new life as the Wits Art Museum.  The architects are the dynamic duo, Fiona Garson and Nina Cohen. We shall visit WAM with its welcoming galleries and coffee shop and view a selection of its seminal African art collected over 80 years. The current exhibition will be Life Cycles in African Art and we will have a chance to see the new acquisitions.

TheWits Press and Wits Radio reach their supporters from a radio station and offices in the tower block. Student theatre performances take place at the Wits Theatre (an interesting design from the 1980s) and the Nunnery Theatre ( the old the Convent school hall).  Two tiny houses dating back to the turn of the last century, the old convent building and the Holy Trinity Catholic church are all part of our route.  Science interfaces with the Arts in the Gate House, the Raikes building (Chemistry), the Oppenheimer Life Sciences building (linked via an overhead walkway to the old Biology block) and the 1920’s Physics building.


The tour will be led by the very knowledgeable Professor Kathy Munro who spent her academic career at Wits and has developed a passionate interest in heritage buildings. Her understanding of contemporary artworks and belief in the valuable impact of daily exposure for students to all art forms enriches the tour as we get a taste of what the students experience.  
So if your interest is theatre, visual art or exploring relics of Joburg’s history come along.

MEET : Professor Kathy Munro and Flo Bird and meet at the basement lifts on the Jorissen Street side
TIME : 14h00
PARK : Safe parking In Senate House basement.  Enter from Jorissen Street which is a one-way from west to east.
DURATION :
Approximately 2½ hours
COST : R85.00 for members and R115.00 for non-members – this includes refreshments
MAX No :
50

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The Foundation Needs Tour Leaders

SATURDAY, 9th FEBRUARY

WE NEED YOU

 

Would you like to be one of our Tour Leaders?
We would invite potential tour leaders to join us at our tour leaders meeting / training session.  At the meeting we will tell you what it involves (besides being very interesting & lots of fun). We will explain the benefits, and what goes on at our training sessions.

The meeting will be at our Research Centre at the Convent in Oxford Road at 2pm

For directions please phone the office 0114823349

 

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BUS TOUR - OVER THE GARDEN WALL’

SUNDAY, 17th FEBRUARY

A chance to peep over the garden walls and view the lovely gardens one never sees from the road.  A little history and gossip goes a long way towards a casual Sunday afternoon outing. 

MEET : Winnie Job
TIME : 14h00
PARK : Sunnyside Park Hotel, 2 York Road, Parktown
START : The tour is starting and finishing at the Sunnyside Park Hotel.
DURATION :
2½ hours
COST : R145.00 for members and R175.00 for non-members
MAX No :
40

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LAUNCH OF THE
JOHANNESBURG HERITAGE DINING EXPERIENCE FOR 2013

WALKING TOUR - NEW - ‘‘THE ORIGINAL CHINATOWN AND THE SWALLOW INN’Walking

SATURDAY, 23rd FEBRUARY

Probably not the first Chinese Restaurant in Johannesburg but Den remembers only two in the CBD in the 1950’s – the Little Swallow, now the Swallows Inn, but still in the same position in Commissioner Street, and the Dragon’s Pearl, in Delvers Street, the latter now gone.

Not even the present owners of the Swallows Inn can remember the history, but we are keen to open our Restaurant Programme here.   It follows the start of the Chinese New Year and it gives us another chance to visit this part of the City and possibly hear about some of the re-development plans for this area.  This tour will incorporate a walk, a talk and a lunch. We plan to meet at the Sunnyside Park Hotel, sort ourselves into cars, drive into the City, park and walk around the area for about 1,5 hours and then go to the Swallows Inn.  It sounds like a five to six course lunch, but simple Chinese-style, and it comes with a talk on the history of the Chinese in the area.

MEET : Den Adams and David Forrest
TIME : 10h30 – PLEASE NOTE EARLY STARTING TIME
PARK : Sunnyside Park Hotel, 2 York Road, Parktown. There we will organise you into cars – hopefully some of you will volunteer your cars to carry some of those who don’t want to drive into town.  We will then go to Swallow Inn and park in the vicinity of 6 Commissioner Street (opposite John Vorster Square)
DURATION :
4 hours
COST : R160.00 per person including meal and tips.  Any drinks are for your own account.
MAX No :
60

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MARCH 2013

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WALKING TOUR - ADLER MUSEUMWalking

SATURDAY, 2nd MARCH

Visit the Adler Museum of Medicine and see interesting collections depicting the history of medicine, dentistry and pharmacy through the ages. There are hundreds of items of medical historical interest on display including documents, sculptures, pictures, videos and philatelic and medallion collections relating to medical history. See reconstructions of an African herb shop, a patient consulting a sangoma (traditional healer), a 20th century Johannesburg pharmacy, a doctor's consulting room, a dental surgery, an operating theatre,   an optometry display of the same period, and an exhibition of early electro-medical equipment.

MEET : Val Hammerton and Clare van Zwieten
TIME : 14h00
PARK : Outside University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, 7 York Road, Parktown
DURATION :
Approximately 2½ hours
COST : R85.00 for members and R115.00 for non-members
MAX No :
40

 

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WALKING TOUR - ‘FORDSBURG – FROM MINERS TO MERCHANTS’Walking

SATURDAY, 9th MARCH

The tour starts with the outraged miners and a very new South African Air force bombing the strikers, but damaging the Presbyterian Church instead. Government displayed many errors of judgment over the years, yet Fordsburg flourished and the Indian community thrived, developing schools and institutions despite laws which disempowered them in all aspects of life. Struggle heroes emerged, forced removals were resisted, yet many were still forced to move to Lenasia. Ultimately adversity never defeated the energy which South African Indians brought into Fordsburg. We will unveil a plaque in the Market Square on the small public lavatory block recording the final battle of the Rand Revolt. This is the only original building still standing on the square from the 1922 Strike. We will be looking at a number of charming old buildings, and visit the serene Mosque in Newtown, the site of Gandhi's passive resistance campaign.

MEET : Flo Bird and Yasmin Mayet
TIME : 14h00
LOCATION : Oriental Plaza cor Bree and Main Streets, Fordsburg  – R8.00 parking fee for your own account.  Use High Street Entrance No 3 (opposite Osbro Cash & Carry)

MEET: Under the trees
PARK : Nedbank parking lot.  Entrance in Marshall Street (one way street) between Loveday and Rissik Streets
DURATION :
Approximately 2½ hours
COST : R70.00 for members and R100.00 for non-members
MAX No :
50

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BUS TOUR - ‘MONUMENTS AND MEMORIES - THE ARCHITECTURE OF GERARD MOERDYK’

SATERDAY, 16th FEBRUARY

Moerdyk is most famous for his Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria but his portfolio includes a large and eclectic array of fine buildings dotted throughout Johannesburg and Pretoria. As one of our earliest South African architects, Moerdyk's personal history is as quintessential local as his architectural legacy. Join us on this bus tour as we celebrate the life and work of this tremendous architect. Be prepared to be pleasantly surprised!

MEET : Colin Berger and Alex Parker
TIME : 14h00
PARK : Sunnyside Park Hotel, 2 York Road, Parktown
START :
DURATION :
Approximately 4 hours
COST : R155.00 for members and R185.00 for non-members
MAX No :
50

 

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WALKING TOUR - ANOTHER RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE - THE TROYEVILLE HOTEL’Walking

SATERDAY, 23rd MARCH

Built in 1939, the Troyeville Hotel still stands proud on Bezuidenhout Street, bordering Ellis Park to the north and Troyeville to the south.  Famous for its Portuguese cuisine, we have arranged to have lunch there, Portuguese-style, with platters of food in the centre of the tables, and we all help ourselves!  After lunch we will visit a few of Troyeville’s main sites, including the Spaza Shop, the Park and one or two churches.  Again, for those who would prefer to be lifted to the venue, arrangements will be made for you to join others at Sunnyside Park Hotel.

MEET : Den Adams and David Forrest
TIME : 12h30 – 14h00 – PLEASE NOTE EARLY STARTING TIME
PARK : The Troyeville Hotel, 25 Bezuidenhout Street, Troyeville. There is adequate parking behind the Hotel on the northern side and there is a brick staircase leading up to the restaurant deck
WALK : Will commence at 14h15 and last about 2 hours
DURATION :

COST : R190.00 per person – all drinks for your own account
MAX No :
60

DIRECTIONS:-          

Travelling north get on Joe Slovo and take Doornfontien offramp, left along Charlton Terrace into Bertrams Road.  Turn right at the Bezuidenhout Avenue traffic light and look for the Troyeville Hotel parking sign a few blocks to the right.

 

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