Fontainebleau Cemetery. Randburg

I originally discovered this small overgrown cemetery behind a precast fence in Hans Strydom Drive in Randburg in 2007 and shot some pics over the fence. They were not very good pics, and at the time were the best I could do. 
Sadly nobody seemed to care that it had become just a collection of graves in what was rapidly becoming a dump. There was no discernible entrance either so I was not able to venture inside, but I always kept the cemetery in mind for the future. I believe the land on which the cemetery is, was privately owned and at that point was not under the care of City Parks. 

Going in there with gun dogs, bearers and an elephant gun would have been the right thing to do, but I had none of these, so I stored the memory in the back of my mind and pondered what could be done. 

The cemetery contains members of the Alberts, Breet, Carstens, Coetzee, Cornelsen, Darcey, Goosen, Griesel, Havenga, Havery, Herbst, Jacobs, Jankowitz, Janse Van Rensburg, Koch, Kruger, Louw, Malan, McDermott, Myburg, Nortjie, Norval, Oberholzer, Pretorius, Rabie, Reidelinghuys, Roos, Scholtz, Steenkamp, Steyn, Van As, Van Der Merwe, Van Der Walt, Van Dyk, Van Wijk, Van Zyl, Venter, Voges, Van Kleist, Vorster and Zietsman familes. The last burial as far as I can tell took place in 1973. 

In May 2010 somebody rode into the wall and broke the fence (thank you!!) and I got an email about it, and I was finally able to access the cemetery. 
Unfortunately it was terribly overgrown and almost impossible to find the graves inside to photograph. City Parks then started cleaning it up before fixing the wall. This gave me an opportunity to photograph as many visible graves as I could see, and I visited there on 3 occasions and each time found more graves amongst the undergrowth as it got trimmed down, and while I probably never did get all of them photographed I am quite happy with what I was able to achieve. 
By August 2010 I had managed to identify 35 graves, but there are many duplicate stones that complicate the issue even further. By April 2011 the wall had been repaired, the cemetery had been cleaned up and I was able to find a further 5 undocumented graves. The cemetery can be found on Google Earth at 26° 6’39.72″S 27°59’25.83″E
 DRW © 2011-2018. Images recreated 17/03/2016. link repaired 03/03/2018
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