It’s official! I’m working on a Johannesburg book to be released in October 2018. The book is loosely based on some of the work on this blog and a whole lot more. It’ll feature some unique and rare photos uncovered from various archives with accompanying research. The design, layout and new photograpy will be done by my super-talented wife, Fiona O’Connor.
Thanks to Pippa Parker at Penguin Random House SA for the opportunity and special thanks to all the readers and supporters of this little blog.
Work on the book will take up most of my spare time until April 2018, but I will be working on the Fordsburg post for later in the year as well as adding and updating the older posts with new information and archive photos.
On a sad note, I recently learned of Val Hammerton’s passing. Val was a veteran reasearcher and tour guide with the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation. I’ve been on several of her tours over the years and will miss her vintage dress-ups at the annual heritage day events. R.I.P. Val.
Photo of Val (a retired theatre nurse) unveiling a plaque in Klein Street is from the JHI site