Fairlands Cemetery

I only spotted this cemetery by accident one day on my way home from work. Situated on the corner of Still and Johannes Street in Fairlands it was opened in 1914 but is closed for new burials, however selected graves can be opened or re-opened on request. I eventually managed to stop to get some pics but it was locked and remained out of my reach until one Friday afternoon when I was on my way home and discovered that the gate was open! 


It was a reasonably well tended cemetery and had not suffered from as much vandalism as many similar ones had, but that was probably because of the locked gate that had kept me out for so long. 

The cemetery man be found on Google Earth at 26° 7’17.13″S, 27°57’16.75″E

At the time I did not photograph all of the graves because realistically I did not have a reason to. Besides, a more interesting conundrum was waiting for me not too far away. On the bend in that road that I travelled down there was a seemingly empty plot of land with a broken gate and with what looked like loose stones on it. Upon investigation I discovered that this was the African plot that was associated with the small cemetery barely 100 metres way. I found that a register does exist for the Fairlands Cemetery, and it should hold the names of the people buried here too. There are not a lot of marked stones there, but am I sure that many people are buried in what looks like a bare stretch of fenced in veldt

Fairlands African Cemetery. (1512x434)
Fairlands African Cemetery. (1512×434)

The Fairlands African Cemetery may be found on Google Earth at 26° 7’15.14″S 27°57’12.55″E

It was an interesting cemetery to find because it also forms part of the history of this area, along with the cemetery in Ferndale and Fontainebleau. Unfortunately though, we may never know the stories of the people who now lay in these two easily unnoticed places.  Both of these cemeteries have been recorded

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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
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