Reference

Heritage Sites

I highly recommend the following sites on Johannesburg:

Johannesburg Heritage Foundation 

Heritage Portal

Past Experiences 

Blue Plaques

Since starting the research, I have amassed quite a collection of rare and out-of-print books on Johannesburg. These provide the foundation for all my posts. Here they are:

Some of my Johannesburg reference books

Some of my Johannesburg reference books

And a few more...these are particular favourites

And a few more…these are particular favourites

Park Town 1892-1972 – Helen Aron & Arnold Benjamin 1973

Johannesburg Style – Clive Chipkin 1993

Magnates & Mansions – M. Barry & N. Law 1985

Johannesburg – Phillip Bawcombe 1973

Johannesburg Street Names – Anna H. Smith 1970

Treasures of the Africana Museum – Anna H. Smith 1977

All Under Heaven – Darryl Accone

Corner House – A. P. Cartwright 1965

Golden Age – A. P. Cartwright 1968

Barnett Collection – Volume 1  & 2  1966

Pictorial History of Johannesburg – Compiled by Anna H. Smith 1956

Early Johannesburg – Hannes Meiring 1985

A view from the Ridge – John Wentzel 1975

Out of the crucible – C. Hedley Chilvers 1948

Studies in social & economic history of Witwatersrand 1886-1914 – Charles van Onselen 1982

When Johannesburg and I were young – Juliet Marais Louw 1991

Lost Johannesburg – Arnold Benjamin 1979

The rand rush 1889 – 1911 – Eric Rosenthal 1974

Watershed Town – George Grant & Taffy Flinn 1992

Pictorial history of Johannesburg – Anna H. Smith 1956

A Johannesburg Album – Oscar I. Norwich 1986

Mervyn King Ridge Trail – JHB City Council 1986

South Africa’s Yesteryears – Readers Digest 1981

Johannesburg: Images and continuities 1885 – 1935 – Kallaway & Pearson 1986

Herbert Baker in South Africa – Doreen Grieg 1970

A very smart medal – Thelma Gutsche 1970

A city divided – Nigel Mandy 1984

Johannesburg – Ezra Eliovson 1959 (estimate)

Country Club Johannesburg 1906-2006 – Ivor Sander

The story of King Edward VII School – A. P. Cartwright 1974 (revised 1992)

Old Gold – Thelma Gutsche 1966

A history of Johannesburg – G. A. Leyds 1964

Just the ticket – Percy Tucker 1997

My own personal star – Brian Brooke 1978

Shovel and sieve – Eric Rosenthal 1950 est

Old bricks and mortar – Eric Rosenthal 1946

Seven builders of Johannesburg – Juliet Konig 1950

Remembering old Johannesburg – Edited by Claire Robertson 1986

They came to South Africa – Fay Jaff 1963

Souvenir of Johannesburg – Braune & Levy Early 1900s

Bleakness & Light: Inner-city transition in Hillbrow – Alan Morriss

 

more to come…

A note on the pictures on this blog:

Many of the pictures presented here are scans/copies from the books above. In addition, I’ve sourced a number of pictures from Museum Africa where I have paid for the usage rights for this blog. There are also many of my own pictures, some from readers and others sourced randomly from the internet. I have credited where possible but not always. Should anyone need to know the source of a picture where I haven’t credited the source, please feel free to drop me a mail.

Should there be an issue with a picture, please let me know and I’ll rectify.

Many of the newer original/updated full colour pictures are mine. I’m happy to share. Please just credit accordingly and/or link back to the piece it came from

8 thoughts on “Reference

  1. I love your blog..

    I used to visit the Johannesburg public library all the time as a child during the late 80s. I remember being fascinated by the framed pictures on the wall, most of which were of Johannesburg’s centenary celebrations in 1986. I remember I was in standard 2 at the time, so that would have been in 1989 and I remember wishing I could have been white so that I could have been present during those celebrations.

    To cut a long story short, I fell in love with the history of Johannesburg and when I was a student years later, I would walk around town on Saturday afternoons when shopping rush quietened down so I could read the plaques on various buildings…

    • Marc Latilla on said:

      Thanks Mpho!
      I was in Std 6 in 1986 and don’t remember any celebrations at all. I know they took place now from the books, but at the time I had no idea. Although I was fascinated by certain old houses and buildings growing up, it was only in 2010 that I really became acquainted with the history and am still learning more every day.

  2. Caroline Graham on said:

    This is the most wonderful website. I am so enjoying looking at your photographs and reading the stories. Thank you. Family history is my hobby but my people are all British. My husband has South African family and I was searching for Turffontein where they lived at the turn of the last century and came across this wonderful site. Thank you!

    • Marc Latilla on said:

      Thanks Caroline! I’ll get to Turffontein eventually but keep a look out for the next piece on churches which covers some of the old buildings in the suburb (and others)

  3. Jim Brown on said:

    When I was a student at Wits in the 70s, I had a part-time job at the Roodepoort Municipality. The then Town Planner, Colin someone, had an autographed copy of Smith’s Street Names. Since then I borrowed the Rhodes Park Library copy a few times, until it got stolen. I’d love to get a copy, but I believe it’s difficult to find and probably too expensive for me….

    • Marc Latilla on said:

      It’s worth tracking down. Try Doran and Melville Bookdealers. He got mine a few years ago and I paid about R1500 011-726-4054

  4. What an amazing idea to run this blog, Marc. I’llcontribute where I can sharing my limited knowledge, with the greatest pleasure. See the website herewith with digital copies of the historical SA Architectural Institute 1911-1942 journals – I run this site and I’m planning more developments. Regards, Janie

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