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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
WALKING TOUR - ‘PARKTOWN WEST OF JAN SMUTS AVENUE 110 YEARS OLD’
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.
MEET : Flo Bird and William Gaul
THIS IS A MEMBER’s ONLY TOUR
WALKING TOUR -'FROM CONCESSION TO CO-OPERATION’
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
Travelling on N3 South, take London Road exit (next after Marlboro).
If travelling on N3 North
WALKING TOUR - ‘WITS MEETS BRAAMFONTEIN’
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.
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.
MEET : Professor Kathy Munro and Flo Bird and meet at the basement lifts on the Jorissen Street side
The Foundation Needs Tour Leaders
SATURDAY, 9th FEBRUARY
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
WALKING TOUR - NEW - ‘‘THE ORIGINAL CHINATOWN AND THE SWALLOW INN’
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
WALKING TOUR - ‘ADLER MUSEUM’
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
WALKING TOUR - ‘‘FORDSBURG – FROM MINERS TO MERCHANTS’
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
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
WALKING TOUR - ‘ANOTHER RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE - THE TROYEVILLE HOTEL’
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
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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