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Heritage Weekend: Eastern Parktown - Echoes of the Past

Sun Sep 10, 14:00 - Sun Sep 10, 16:30

Holy Family College


On the eastern edge of Parktown, the aspiring early settlers built grand Arts and Crafts-style mansions along streets named Park Lane and Princess Place - conjuring up echoes of London’s lofty Mayfair and Belgravia neighbourhoods. Apartment blocks replaced the big private homes in the fifties. Later, the university built the Wits Junction Student village, which retained the old houses still standing.  

Today, the old boundaries that divided Parktown from Hillbrow and Upper Houghton have grown softer, a blurry socio-economic boundary. Who lives in these grandly named streets today? How have things changed over the sweep of more than a century?  

This walking tour reveals a corner of Parktown you probably don’t know, including some surprising discoveries: a miniature church, medical milestones, luxury apartment blocks, and the Freemasons’ Hall.  We’ll also view a ghostly abandoned mansion from the Anglo Boer War and hear about the self-styled Col. Bettington of Bettington’s Horse. 

Led by Kathy Munro and Kgao Mashego. The bus will drop you off at the starting point and collect you at the end. The walking tour is roughly 1.5 kilometers. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring sunblock, a hat and drinking water.


Heritage Weekend: Eastern Parktown - Echoes of the Past
Holy Family College
40 Oxford Rd, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2193
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