The Grand Station Hotel went up in flames on Friday evening, 2 August 2019 (main image courtesy of Eugene Ulman). This news reached the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation members at their AGM on the Saturday afternoon. Heritage people gasped with shock, dismay and distress. The hotel was an icon of Johannesburg, it achieved the status of being Johannesburg’s oldest surviving hotel, although by the late 1980s it was n
The Magaliesberg Association for Culture & Heritage (MACH) is hosting a heritage talk on 18 September 2019. Discussion on Vincent Carruthers' new book The Cradle of Life: Story of the Magaliesberg and the Cradle of Humankind. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site in the heart of Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve tells much more than just the origins of humanity.
This is a very early survey of Johannesburg circa 1893 by Henry Longland whose 1890s directories are an excellent source of early information about Johannesburg Streets. This slender book, just 60 pages, has been reproduced from the British Museum rare document collection and is available online from Amazon and Abe books.