Deneys Reitz

by William Gaul and Steven Gamble Deneys Reitz was an adventurer, a soldier, an attorney, a cabinet minister and an author - whose memoires of the Anglo Boer War - Commando: A Boer Journal Of The Boer War, published in 1929 – brought him considerable fame. Born 2 April 1882 in Bloemfontein and died 19 [...]

Jun 10th, 2016|History|

Parktown Archive

An archive containing the records of the Association going back 40+ years is housed at St Margaret’s – in one of Parktown’s most beautiful heritage houses. This has been made possible through the enormous generosity of Ashley Alley – a resident – and his company, Izingwe. The records comprise the minutes of meetings, every newsletter, correspondence, the [...]

Jun 7th, 2016|History|

The Guild Cottage

As we've talked about in previous newsletters, the Braamfontein Company's select band of architects – Herbert Baker and Harry Clayton among them – had been commissioned to design houses on strategically selected sites on the hillside running down to “The Dell”, today known as Frank Brown Park. The water supplied to Parktown was already being [...]

May 27th, 2016|History|

Florence Phillips and the beginnings of Parktown

After living in the brash new town of Johannesburg for only three years (in Noord Street), Lionel and Florence Phillips had had enough of the ceaseless dust and noise of  the town. Lionel had recently been elected President of the Chamber of Mines and this would mean entertaining the great and glamorous of the day: [...]

May 26th, 2016|History|

Parktown Origins

The suburb of Parktown was laid out in 1893 by the Braamfontein Estate Company. It fell beyond the existing city limits and was considered to be out, “in the country” and therefore desirable as a place to live for Johannesburg’s new mining magnates, the Randlords.  It was administered as a private estate until 1904 and [...]

May 20th, 2016|History|