The tour will include the historical Jewish precinct where a number of Johannesburg's leading Jewish citizens are buried including Wolf Joel, nephew of Barney Barnato, who was shot and killed by Kurt von Veltheim under mysterious circumstances. Other historical graves include a passenger who drowned on the Titanic, Johannesburg's first recipient of the Victoria Cross, the sister-in-law of Lord Kitchener, the Foster Gang, the coachman of President Kruger, the Police and Firemen's section and a monument to those who died in the Dynamite explosion of 19 February 1896. The Garden of Remembrance to Imperial soldiers of the Boer War will visited along with the grave of Enoch Sontonga, composer of Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika. Where applicable, tombstone symbolism will also be discussed.
Sarah Welham is a researcher for Johannesburg Heritage and recently formed the Friends of the Cemetery. Her knowledge of the Braamfontein and Brixton Cemeteries is unparalleled. SJ de Klerk, our newest committee member, is a regular contributor on historical cemeteries for the Heritage Portal.
- Date: Sunday, 19 May 2019
- Time: 8:30, sharp!
- Venue: Braamfontein Cemetery (Safe parking is available inside the Cemetery, off Graf Street, adjacent to the on-ramp onto the M1 from Smit Street.)
- Charge: Members R80, Non-members R120
- Bring: Hat, water bottle, walking shoes, sunblock, camping chairs and a light snack for afterwards Booking is essential:
- Contact Anne Raeburn firstname.lastname@example.org or 083 455 4151 Places will only be confirmed once payment has been received.