Tag: Johannesburg

The Irish Brigades Monument in Orania

This page is the result of the dereliction of the site of the Irish Brigades Monument that used to be in Brixton. The original entry for this monument is still available under Extinct Memorials

Initially I was not able to find any information on the monument when I first photographed what was left at the site in 2007, All I could find was an article that said it was the site of a monument to Irish volunteers who fought for the Boers during the South African War and that it had been sold in the mid 90’s.  At the end of 2007 I found a picture which showed the monument in the distance next to the Brixton Tower.

 

The architect was Johan (Jan) Carel Van Wijk, who was also responsible for the design of the Taal Monument in Paarl) and it was unveiled in 1975 by Mrs Betsie Verwoerd.  The design consisted of 4 pillars in an ascending line that symbolized the four Irish Commandos that served with the Boer Forces in the Anglo Boer War.   ” (http://www.oraniainfo.co.za/accommodation.html)

There was some controversy regarding the ground that the monument was erected on and eventually it was dismantled and the components were moved to Orania in June 2002. It now stands on Monument Hill on the edge of the town, (Google Earth: -29.811852°.  24.419704°). Images available on the Mail and Guardian website from 14 November 2014 

All that is left in Brixton is a derelict trash ridden area that vaguely looks like a gun emplacement. There used to be a plaque there, but its gone, and any artefacts that could be identified are also gone. The only thing left behind is litter, uncut grass and rubble.

In October 2011, I was contacted by an architect; William Martinson Barch, who sent me a link to the Artefacts site with images of what this monument looked like at ground level

There is an interesting history of the Irish Volunteers as well as the memorial available at “The South African History Source. Written by Experts“.

I revisited the site in Brixton in December 2011 to see if there had been any progress, but if anything it was looking worse that it had before. The “Freedom Memorial” that was supposedly at the site of the AW Muller Stadium has also been removed.

So while the memorial doesn’t exist in Brixton any longer it now exists in Oriana and although I do not have a photograph that I can use there are a number of links on this page that will show the monument in it’s present location. Realistically moving the monument back to Brixton would achieve no purpose at all. 

*Update 27/12/2016*

I was contacted by Diederik-Johannes Cloete who threw even more light on the subject, specifically an article at the http://www.irishpub.co.za/index.php/culture that shows what I assume is the Afrikaans portion of the plaque from the monument. I am hoping to reproduce the image with permission. 

I was also informed about an article that appeared in the Mail and Guardian on 14 November 2014 about the monument and Orania and can now safely say I have seen images of the monument and technically it is no longer extinct although the context of it is long forgotten. 

There is also a short video on youtube about the monument

© DRW 2007-2017. Created as a spinoff from the original page 28/12/2016. Special thanks to William Martinson and Diederik-Johannes Cloete for information and links. 

Updated: 07/01/2017 — 18:20

Oswald Austin Reid VC.

Oswald Austin Reid (02/11/1893 – 27/10/1920) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions On 7 March 1917 at the Battle of Diyalah River, Mesopotamia,

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Supplement: 30122, Page: 5702, reads:

“Capt. Oswald Austin Reid, L’pool R., attd. L.N. Lan. R.

For most conspicuous bravery in the face of desperate circumstances.

By his dauntless courage and gallant leadership he was able to consolidate a small post with the advanced troops, on the opposite side of a river to the main body, after his line of communications had been cut by the sinking of the pontoons.

He maintained this position for thirty hours against constant attacks by bombs, machine gun and shell tire, with the full knowledge that repeated attempts at relief had failed, and that his ammunition was all but exhausted. It was greatly due to his tenacity that the passage of the river was effected on the following night. During the operations he was wounded”

He is buried in Braamfontein Cemetery in Johannesburg.  

The grave of Oswald Austin Reid VC

The grave of Oswald Austin Reid VC

Inscription

Memorial Stone at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Memorial Stone at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Braamfontein Cemetery

© DRW. 2011-2017. Added to Blog 03/01/2015, updated 05/04/2015, With thanks to Kevin Brazier, author of “The COMPLETE VICTORIA CROSS, A Full Chronological Record of All Holders of Britain’s Highest Award for Gallantry

Updated: 05/05/2017 — 06:58

The Titanic Grave in South Africa

In fond memory of Hymie Alper (+ 12/11/1993), a kind and gentle soul.

On a busy corner of Johannesburg, right next to the Smit Street on-ramp of the M1 North highway, we find the only memorial to the Titanic in South Africa. Although not a memorial to the Titanic as such, but one wherein one of the many who lost their lives is remembered.
Close to the main gate in the general (non conformist) section of Braamfontein Cemetery, where headstones reflect the early inhabitants of what was then a busy mining town we find the final resting place of Mary Griffin (nee Webber).
Mary Webber, originally from Cornwall, married James Griffin on 5 November 1863, she came to South Africa in 1881, her husband having been killed by runaway horses in 1874 in Cornwall. On 17 June 1897, Mary Griffin passed away.

Registry entry for Mary Griffin

Registry entry for Mary Griffin

She is buried in the Non-Conformist plot, grave number 6746. Mary also had a brother, James and two sisters Hannah and Elizabeth. James took a fateful step on 10 April 1912 when he boarded the ill fated Titanic on his way to America. Travelling third class he was lost when the ship went down.

In 1914 the private rights to the grave of Mary Griffin were purchased by Mr John Griffin of Kenwyn Cottage (named after Kenwyn, the suburb of Truro where he lived) in Port Elizabeth and a headstone was erected to commemorate the lives and deaths of this brother and sister. John Griffin passed away in 1920. His only living descendants are 5 granddaughters who have scattered throughout the world.

James Webber. 3rd class passenger. Body not recovered. Braamfontein Cemetery, Johannesburg.

James Webber. 3rd class passenger. Body not recovered. Braamfontein Cemetery, Johannesburg.

The inscription reads:
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MARY GRIFFIN
OF KEA, CORNWALL WHO DIED AT
JOHANNESBURG 17TH JUNE 1897
AGED 66 YEARS.
ALSO

JAMES WEBBER
BROTHER OF THE ABOVE WHO
WAS DROWNED ON THE
“TITANIC”
APRIL 15TH 1912.
AGED 62 YEARS.
SAFE IN THE ARMS OF JESUS.

The probate report reveals little: Webber, James, of San Francisco, California, USA. Administration, London 2nd January 1913 to Harriet Julian, wife of Edmund Julian. Effects in England: £350.
Attempts at the time to trace the Griffin family in South Africa met with a dead end, although it was thought that they settled in Natal somewhere. However, a surprise email added some closure to this riddle. Apparently the family remained in the Eastern Cape until 2003 when the remaining members emigrated to New Zealand.
There are many strange things about this lonely grave, for starters this memorial exists in a town very remote from the North Atlantic and the great disaster that happened there. The scattering of the family, an email from New Zealand, a connection to Cornwall, Port Elizabeth, Southampton, America, and Johannesburg.

© DRW 2001-2017. Recreated 25/10/2014. With thanks to Brian Ticehurst and Diane Austin.

Updated: 20/12/2016 — 20:02

Gold Reef City Railway Collection

This page contains photographs of the trains and rolling stock at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg. The images were taken by Clinton Hattingh and are used with his permission. More information on this collection may be found at Piet Conradies Blog dealing with Gold Reef City.

Class 19D-3345 "Elbie"

Class 19D-3345 “Elbie”

Class 19D-3345 "Elbie"

Class 19D-3345 “Elbie”

Class 19D-3345 "Elbie"

Class 19D-3345 “Elbie”

NG/G16 No NG111

NG/G16 No NG111

NG/G16 No NG111

NG/G16 No NG111

NG/G16 No NG111

NG/G16 No NG111

NG/G16 No NG111

NG/G16 No NG111

NG/G16 No NG111

NG/G16 No NG111

WG Bagnall 0-4-2T works # 2870

WG Bagnall 0-4-2T
works # 2870

Manning, Wardle 0-4-0T works # 1583

Manning, Wardle 0-4-0T works # 1583

Hudswell, Clarke 0-6-0T works # 1578

Hudswell, Clarke
0-6-0T works # 1578

Langlaagte Station

Langlaagte Station

Langlaagte Station

Langlaagte Station

Langlaagte Station

Langlaagte Station

© DRW 2011-2017. Photographs © Clinton Hattingh 2011. Created 26/01/2011. Moved to blog 12/10/2014

Updated: 20/12/2016 — 19:48

The Braamfontein Gallery

These photographs of Johannesburg and Braamfontein were taken on 15 October 2011 while on a walking tour. A slight deviation was made to photograph a forgotten memorial at the old MOTH Hall. The tour was conducted by Past Experiences.

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Looking towards Newtown

Looking towards Newtown

Milner Park Hotel

Milner Park Hotel

Bertha Street

Bertha Street

Steel Street Trees

Steel Street Trees

Cnr Jorissen and Melle

Cnr Jorissen and Melle

Eland Statue

Eland Statue

Holy Trinity Catholic Church

Holy Trinity Catholic Church

Bertha Street

Bertha Street

Wits School of Art

Wits School of Art

Dianetics & Scientology Self Improvement Centre

Dianetics & Scientology
Self Improvement Centre

Original house Henri Street

Original house
Henri Street

Neighbourgoods Market

Neighbourgoods Market

Neighbourgoods Market

Neighbourgoods Market

Street art

Street art

Into town

Into town

Accommodation

Accommodation

Rissik Street Bridge

Rissik Street Bridge

Into town

Park Station

Braamfontein skyline and coach staging yard from the Nelson Mandela Bridge (1506x601)

Braamfontein skyline and coach staging yard from the Nelson Mandela Bridge (1506×601)

Bertha Street looking South towards Newtown (1506x557)

Bertha Street looking South towards Newtown (1506×557)

Corner Jorrrisen and Station Street (1481x648)

Corner Jorrisen and Station Street (1481×648)

Melle and Jorrisen Streets looking South (1505x511)

Melle and Jorrisen Streets looking South (1505×511)

Milner Park Hotel and Metro Hotel. (1506x544)

Milner Park Hotel and Metro Hotel. (1506×544)

     

© DRW 2011-2017. Created 15 October 2011

Updated: 20/12/2016 — 19:51

The Newtown Gallery

in 2011 I joined a walking tour with Past Experiences and they helped me discover parts of Johannesburg that I did not really know from my younger days, in fact discovering Newtown was quite an experience. These images are from my various meanderings into Newtown, mostly during 2011.  There is an overflow from a walk I did down to Diagonal Street amongst these, and it is probable that some images are duplicated in my Johannesburg City galleries too. More information on Newtown may be found at the Newtown Heritage Trail website

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Johannesburgs former station

Johannesburgs former station

Nelson Mandela Bridge

Nelson Mandela Bridge

The Market Theatre

The Market Theatre

Museum Africa

Museum Africa

Period bus shelter

Period bus shelter

Carved wooden heads

Carved wooden heads

11 Diagonal Street

11 Diagonal Street

Banner of Hope

Banner of Hope

The Graffiti Project

The Graffiti Project

Painted Wall

Painted Wall

Informal Market

Informal Market

Bree Street

Bree Street

Old building

Old building

Former Police Station

Former Police Station

Skyscrapers

Skyscrapers

Diagonal Street

Diagonal Street

Diagonal Street

Diagonal Street

Apartheid signage

Apartheid signage

Rosenbergs Building

Rosenbergs Building

1906 survivor

1906 survivor

Sisulu Park

Sisulu Park

An old survivor

An old survivor

Chancellor House

Chancellor House

The "Paper Pigeon"

The “Paper Pigeon”

The former "Star Gate"

The former “Star Gate”

Turbine hall remnant

Turbine hall remnant

Re-used Turbine Hall

Re-used Turbine Hall

President Street

President Street

Jeppe Street

Jeppe Street

The Bus Factory

The Bus Factory

Walter & Albertina Sisulu Statue

Walter & Albertina Sisulu Statue

Brenda Fassie

Brenda Fassie

Kippie Kippie Moeketsi

Kippie Moeketsi

Mary Fitzgerald Square from Museum Africa (1505x369)

Mary Fitzgerald Square from Museum Africa (1505×369)

Newtown Park (1487x526)

Newtown Park (1487×526)

Newtown, the Brickfields on the left and station on the right (1506x435)

Newtown, the Brickfields on the left and station on the right (1506×435)

Looking towards town from the Nelson Mandela Bridge approaches (1506x466)

Looking towards town from the Nelson Mandela Bridge approaches (1506×466)

Braamfontein Skyline from Newtown (1506x479)

Braamfontein Skyline from Newtown (1506×479)

     

© DRW 2011-2017. Created 25/09/2011, updated 09/10/2011. Added to blog 14/09/2014

Updated: 20/12/2016 — 19:58

Johannesburg Gallery (4)

Still walking around taking random pics.

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[ Newtown ] Constitutional Hill [ Braamfontein ]
Park Station

Park Station

Park Station

Park Station

Former JHB Technikon

Former JHB Technikon

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

The inside of the old Concourse

The inside of the old Concourse

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

St Marys Cathedral

St Marys Cathedral

Johannesburg Station

Johannesburg Station

St Marys Cathedral

St Marys Cathedral

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Pieter Roos Park

Pieter Roos Park

Constitutional Court

Constitutional Court

The Fort

The Fort

HIllbrown

HIllbrown

Hillbrow

Hillbrow

Hillbrow

Hillbrow

The Fort

The Fort

Treu Street

Treu Street

Booysens

Booysens

Womens Jail

George Harrison Park

George Harrison Park

Melville

Melville

Auckland Park

Auckland Park

Settlers park

Settlers park

St Johns College

St Johns College

JHB General Hospital

JHB General Hospital

Vics Viking garage

Vics Viking garage

Former Rand Regiments Monument

Former Rand Regiments Monument

Westpark Cemetery

Westpark Cemetery

Braamfontein Cemetery

Braamfontein Cemetery

Rosettenville Corner

Rosettenville Corner

Heading North from the South

Heading North from the South

Rosettenville Corner

Rosettenville Corner

Wemmer Pan

Wemmer Pan

Soccer City

Soccer City

Mondeor ARea

Mondeor ARea

Milner Park

Milner Park

Marks Park

Marks Park

Northcliff Ridge

Northcliff Ridge

Jacarandas

Jacarandas

Top of the Carlton

Top of the Carlton

Top of the Carlton

Top of the Carlton

Top of the Carlton

Top of the Carlton

Top of the Carlton

Top of the Carlton

Top of the Carlton

Top of the Carlton

Top of the Carlton

Top of the Carlton

Top of the Carlton

Top of the Carlton

Top of the Carlton

Top of the Carlton

Kine Centre

Kine Centre

Smal Street mall

Smal Street mall

Traffic Jam

Traffic Jam

Loveday Street

Loveday Street

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

© DRW 2007-2017 Created 09/06/2014

Updated: 20/12/2016 — 19:58

Johannesburg Gallery (3)

Continuing with our explorations in and around Johannesburg….

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Pipe Organ: Johannesburg City hall

Pipe Organ: Johannesburg City hall

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Sisulu Square

Sisulu Square

The Cenotaph

The Cenotaph

The City hall

The City hall

Commissioner Street

Commissioner Street

Markhams: Eloff Street

Markhams: Eloff Street

Eloff Street

Eloff Street

Karl Von Brandis Statue

Karl Von Brandis Statue

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Eloff Street

Eloff Street

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

The Rand Club

The Rand Club

Union-Castle Building

Union-Castle Building

Standard Bank Building

Standard Bank Building

Victory House

Victory House

Beyers Naude Square

Beyers Naude Square

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Carlton Hotel

Carlton Hotel

The Newspaper Seller

The Newspaper Seller

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Station Clock

Station Clock

Beyers naude Square

Beyers Naude Square

Three Castles derilict

Three Castles derelict

The Planetarium

The Planetarium

San Souci Hotel. Milner Park

San Souci Hotel. Milner Park

Johannesburg Public Library

Johannesburg Public Library

Inside Number 4 Jail

Inside Number 4 Jail

Inside Number 4 Jail

Inside Number 4 Jail

Observatory Water Tower

Observatory Water Tower

Rotunda

Rotunda

Rissik Street Bridge

Rissik Street Bridge

Rissik Street Bridge

Rissik Street Bridge

Paul Kruger Bldg and Gautrain Stn

Paul Kruger Bldg and Gautrain Stn

Former Slesenger Building

Former Slesenger Building

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Former MOTH headquarters

Former MOTH headquarters

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

 

© DRW 2007-2017. Created 09/06/2014

Updated: 20/12/2016 — 19:59

Johannesburg Gallery (2)

Wherein we continue to walk around Johannesburg in a random fashion.

 

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[ Newtown ] Constitutional Hill [ Braamfontein ]
Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Market Street

Market Street

The Rand Club

The Rand Club

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Magistrates Court

Magistrates Court

Anglo American

Anglo American

11 Diagonal Street

11 Diagonal Street

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Main Street area

Main Street area

Main Street area

Main Street area

Barbican Building

Barbican Building

Oppenheimer fountain

Oppenheimer fountain

Diagonal Street area

Diagonal Street area

Diagonal Street area

Diagonal Street area

Grand Station Hotel. Jeppe

Grand Station Hotel. Jeppe

Jeppestwon

Jeppestwon

Jooste and Bryant Building

Jooste and Bryant Building

Beyers Naude Square

Beyers Naude Square

Beyers Naude Square

Beyers Naude Square

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

The site of the former Oppeheimer Fountains

The site of the former Oppenheimer Fountains

Rissik Street

Rissik Street

Rea Vaya Stop

Rea Vaya Stop

Rissik Street

Rissik Street

President Street

President Street

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Walkway from Dions to Tony Factors

Walkway from Dions to Tony Factors

Kerk Street

Kerk Street

Trades Hall, Rissik Street

Trades Hall, Rissik Street

Ansteys Building

Ansteys Building

Cuthberts

Cuthberts

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Rissik Street

Rissik Street

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

Rissik Street

Rissik Street

Johannesburg City

Johannesburg City

The site of the former Oppenheimer Fountains

The site of the former Oppenheimer Fountains

The site of the former Oppenheimer Fountains

The site of the former Oppenheimer Fountains

The OK Building

The OK Building

© DRW. 2007-2017. Created 08/06/2014

Updated: 20/12/2016 — 19:59

The Panoramic Cemetery Gallery (6)

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Newclare Cemetery (1502x391)

Newclare Cemetery (1502×391)

Newclare Cemetery (1506x458)

Newclare Cemetery (1506×458)

Newclare Cemetery (1505x349)

Newclare Cemetery (1505×349)

Newclare Cemetery (1506x444)

Newclare Cemetery (1506×444)

New Roodepoort Cemetery (1506x401)

New Roodepoort Cemetery (1506×401)

New Roodepoort Cemetery (1502x522)

New Roodepoort Cemetery (1502×522)

New Roodepoort Cemetery (1506x484)

New Roodepoort Cemetery (1506×484)

Roodepoort Old Cemetery (1504x407)

Roodepoort Old Cemetery (1504×407)

Roodepoort Old Cemetery (1506x405)

Roodepoort Old Cemetery (1506×405)

Zuickerboschfontein farm cemetery (1506x449)

Zuickerboschfontein farm cemetery (1506×449)

© DRW 2007-2017. Added to blog 31/09/2014. Images resized and table colour changed 18/08/2016

Updated: 20/12/2016 — 19:42
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