Rand Pioneers Monument: Pioneers Park, Johannesburg.

Rand Pioneers Memorial in Pioneer Park, La Rochelle

This is not a memorial in the conventional sense of the word, but rather an enclosed “lodge” lined with plaques bearing the names of those who were considered “Rand Pioneers”. I am not quite sure what constitutes a Rand Pioneer, but there are many names there that correlate to the names of streets and suburbs in Johannesburg. I have seen it described as a political and cultural organisation in the early 1800’s. Judging by the names on the memorial a Rand Pioneer was probably somebody that helped to form the city of Johannesburg and was possibly involved with mining, engineering, city management, etc.

Pioneers Park is also home to the wonderful James Hall Museum of Transport as well as being on the shore of Wemmer Pan. I used to incorporate a live steam railway track and the musical fountain. Unfortunately it has been left to go to ruin and the area is not as safe as it should be.

Situated at the entrance to Pioneers Park and next to the James Hall Museum of Transport, it is easily overlooked and its context is vague, especially when viewed after all these years.

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