The first permanent photograph to have been recorded was taken by the Frenchman Niépce during 1826 (after an eight-hour exposure). A fellow countryman, Daguerre, perfected the capturing of a permanent image by inventing the first practical photographic process during 1839. This photographic end result became known as the Daguerreotype.
‘Sheiling’ - This gracious family home was the love nest of a constitutional judge and still has a distinctly romantic air about it. Designed in 1910 by acclaimed SA architect Robert Howden, who also designed the Johannesburg Art Gallery, the home shows a marked influence of the Sir Herbert Baker style.
The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation in conjunction with the Urania Village Community recently organized a walking tour of the Johannesburg Observatory and the surrounding streets of old Observatory.