Retrospective: Settler’s Park Johannesburg

This morning I posted an image from Settler’s Park in my advent calender and then realised that I had never created  a post about it. This is a retrospective post to rectify the issue.

(1500 x 621)

The images that I have date from 2009, and there were already traces of the 2010 World Cup fever at the park.  Situated next to Eastgate Mall, the statue of George Harrison is quite easily seen as it is supposedly one of the largest sculptures in South Africa (Google Earth:  26°10’53.60″S, 28° 6’45.81″E).  It was created in 1988 by Tienie Pritchard, and was commissioned to celebrate the centenary of Johannesburg. It is 4 metres (13 ft) tall.

George Harrison, a Australian,  is credited as the man who discovered gold on the Witwatersrand in 1886. He was a friend of George Walker and George Honeyball. The site of Harrison’s claim has since become George Harrison Park which was somewhat of a disaster area when I last saw it in 2011.

The plinth of the statue used to have an associated plaque/information board but when I took these photographs in 2009 it was long gone. 

The interconnectedness of these early miners is quite interesting. In 1886, the year he discovered the reef, George Walker began working for the Struben brothers, who tie into Confidence Reef in Roodepoort. He died a pauper in September 1924 and is buried in Burgershoop Cemetery in Krugersdorp. George Harrison sold his claim for £10 and left the Witwatersrand and has disappeared into history.

I cannot comment on the state of the park since I saw it back in 2009. I did return there in 2012  but cannot find any photographs of the occasion. 

DRW 2020 – 2021. Created 16/12/2020 

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