Tag: Roodepoort

10BR-750 Plinthed at Roodepoort Station

This locomotive stands in the grounds of Roodepoort Station, surprisingly it is in a reasonably good condition, given the decline in the area in general. Unfortunately hawkers have taken root, erecting plastic roofs and using the cab as a storage area.

The loco, a class 10BR, (one of 15), was built in 1910 at the North British Loco Company Ltd. and went into service in 1910.

It was withdrawn in 1972, Unfortunately the information plaque is obscured by a large piece of plastic which makes it impossible to read completely, but the plaque identifies this loco as being number 750. This loco is over a century old!

When I took these pics in 2009 she was already looking bad, I would hate to know what she looks like now. Google Earth has a 2014 image of her and she was still there at that point but was covered in graffiti. The co-ordinates are:   26° 9.554’S,   27° 52.183’E.

© DRW © 2009-2018. Originally created 08 February 2009. Moved to blog 07/03/2016.

Updated: 10/01/2018 — 20:06

Roodepoort Civic Fountain

It appears as if the Roodepoort Civic Fountain memorial still exists. Courtesy of Diederik Cloete the following images and information can be added to the record and the fountain may be removed from the extinct list.

The fountain is situated outside the Roodepoort Civic Centre in Christiaan de Wet Road,

(Google Co-ordinates  -26.09592, 27.84427) . 

The fountain is in excellent condition but was  not working when the photographer was there. Possibly because it is broken, or because of the present level-2 water restrictions being in-force, The fountain is totally incorporated into the design of the actual Civic Centre building, with the same building style and materials evident. The building was opened on 4 July 1980, by the Honourable W.A. CRUYWAGEN, the (then) Administrator of Transvaal. It is possible that the fountain was dedicated on the same day.
The fountain consists of three tiers (excluding base receiving fountain- pan), with each square, stacked upon each other in ascending size, it stands about 2.5 meters tall and the dedication plaque is affixed to the second (middle) tier of the fountain (on the West face) facing the building. 
The dedication plaque is of black marble, and the inscribed sandblasted thereupon, in both Afrikaans (top) and English (bottom), and reads as follows: –

Overall Diederik was impressed by the condition of the building, its surroundings and appearance, and I have to admit on the few occasions that I was there I too was impressed. However, of the “Roll of Honour” mentioned on the face of the fountain, there was no indication on the fountain or in the surrounding area that there ever was  a physical roll of honour. And any attempts to enquire from the security guards if they knew if such a roll was perhaps somewhere inside the building affixed to a wall, was answered in the negative. The security guards also got sticky about the image taking and insisted that it was not allowed. 

The following considerations can be made:  It may very well be that the reference to “the roll of honour” is referring to the National Roll of Honour (as maintained by the actual Security Forces)   and since the plaque refers to more that one force,  it was (is) probably referring to the Defence Force (SADF) and Police Force (SAP) as known at the time. No time period is mentioned on the plaque and whether it was referring to the Border War? or WW2, or WW1, Somewhere in Roodepoort or Florida the answer lies. 

What about the fountain that I thought was the Civic Fountain in the first place? It could be that I was mistaken about it being the Civic Fountain, but without seeing the original newspaper report that I saw at the time I am unable to confirm anything. 

According to the old newspaper report I found in the local library, this fountain, situated on the corner of Ontdekkers and Golf Club Terrace was originally dedicated to “The Fallen Members of the South African Security Forces”.  The dedication plaque is missing so there is no real way of knowing whether this was the site of the plaque or a Roll of Honour.  I did ask around at the time and somebody whispered that the plaque had been removed because it was not politically correct. 

So, until we know more, I think this memorial may be removed from the extinct list. I do have hopes for the finding of that ROH in the future. 

© DRW 2011-2018. Created 12/09/2011. Moved to blog 07/02/2014. Updated 31/12/2016. Images and text by Diederik Cloete, reproduced with permission.

Updated: 06/01/2018 — 13:12

CMR World War 1 Memorial: Robertville.

I have to admit that this World War 1 Memorial in Robertville/Stormill  on the West Rand came as a surprise. For starters there is nothing written about this Memorial, it came totally out of the blue.

Given its location and proximity to old mining areas it is related to one of the mines that was around in the early 1900’s. Situated just off Main Reef Road next to Stormill, it has now become more of a derelict structure than an important part of history.  Special thanks must go to Terry Cawood who notified me about it, and Giel Nel who took the first pics.  For want of a better name I originally designated it as Robertville War Memorial, although the memorial is in the former property of CMR making it the CMR War Memorial.

I took my images on 31 August 2011 and I was notified in November 2012 that the memorial had been removed. Whether it was reclaimed by its owners, or stolen I cannot say, but sadly it can now be classified as extinct. The only markings on it were:

A Remembrance to all who served in the Great War

Erected as a token of respect & esteem to those who who fell in the Great War

Erected by their fellow employees, erected 05 December 1920

The Memorial was located at Google Earth Co-ordinates   26° 12.004’S, 27° 56.436’E, and its current whereabouts are unknown.

© DRW 2011-2018. Created 31/08/2011. Updated 12/11/2012. Moved to blog 07/02/2014

Updated: 06/01/2018 — 12:51

The Jameson Raid Vlakfontein Monument: Doornkop

Continued from the Jameson Raid Surrender Memorial.

Just behind “the Brickworks” is what is known as the Vlakfontein Monument: (Google Earth co-ordinates: 26°12’30.72″S, 27°48’27.31″E.) When I visited it in 2009 the fencing had been complete around this memorial, although it was heavily overgrown.

The Vlakfontein Memorial (2009)

The Vlakfontein Monument (2009)

This monument was interesting because it mentions some of the casualties of the ill fated raid. Originally a wooden cross was erected, but it was replaced in 1913 by a monument commemorating all those killed in action. A bronze plaque was affixed in 1962 and proclamation as a national monument was due to to follow in due course. During 1963 the West Rand Historical Society relocated the Vlakfontein Monument from its original location higher up the ridge to an area in the middle of the stone kraal where Jameson’s column was said to have made their last stand.

At the base of the monument was an almost illegible plaque that I was only partly able to piece together, but fortunately there were two much more legible granite plaques with the inscriptions on them.

I returned in 2012 to check if there had been any change in the memorial since my last visit and it was in a deplorable state. All the metalwork had been stolen and the grass was still as high as before. It was even very difficult to find the low wall that I had almost fallen over before.

The Vlakfontein Monument in 2012

The Vlakfontein Monument in 2012

I then moved across to the “Stump Monument“, I had missed this in 2009, so was curious to see it now.

© DRW 2009 -2018. Created 20/04/2011. Edited and some images expanded 02/02/2012.  Special thanks to Leon Engelbrecht for the inspiration to find these memorials and photographs of the “stump”, as well as Alpheus Cele for remembering where the graves in Randfontein were. Moved to blog 07/02/2014.

Updated: 06/01/2018 — 12:53

Roodepoort War Memorial

These photographs were taken at the War Memorial in the grounds of the Roodepoort City Hall on 07 July 2011 and replace my original photographs.

The memorial is dedicated to “The memory of the Roodepoort Men who sacrificed their lives for King and Country in the Great War 1914-1918” as well as “Sacred to the Memory of our Gallant Dead who fell in the fight for Freedom. World War II 1939-1945

© DRW 2008-2018. Created 26/12/2008, Edited 07//07/2011. Moved to blog 28/01/2014

Updated: 05/01/2018 — 20:59

War Memorial at Hoërskool Roodepoort.

I was totally unaware of this memorial until I received an email from Ryno, who said that he had seen it while playing rugby at the school. I was quite surprised myself but had to wait till school re-opened before being able to photograph it. Unfortunately it also decided to rain during my visit so invariably I will have to go back one of these days for better pics (I am afraid that never happened).  Special thanks to Hoërskool Roodepoort for giving me permission to photograph the memorial. There are 6 names of past pupils on the memorial. It was designed and erected by Gerhard Kotze. November 1992

CO. C.J. Joubert 13-07-1966 (SAAF)
Cpl. D. Van Niekerk  07-03-1985 (SACMP)
Capt. C.L. Smith 21-08-1973 (SAAF)
L/Cpl W.A. Van Wyk 27-06-1988 (10 Armrd Car Sqdn)
Cpl. R.S. Gibbon 19-06-1976 (1SSB)
2Lt. H. Stapelberg 31-07-198  (116 Battalion)

© DRW 2012-2018. Created 27/01/2012. Moved to blog 22/01/2014

Updated: 05/01/2018 — 20:55
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