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  1. Hilton Teper on said:

    The Doornfontein Club, End Street, Johannesburg

  2. Sandra Connor on said:

    Very interesting site, loved the pictures of the old buildings.

  3. Lois Harley on said:

    What a wonderful trip down memory lane your site provided! I was looking for a photo of the the Royal Bioscope where I spent so many happy hours in the 1950s. I’m glad to see it is still in use even if it is a shadow of its former self.

  4. Nicky Flint on said:

    Hi. I really love your website! What a great job you have done.

    I am interested in finding the Athenaeum Club in Johannesburg that was mentioned in press around 1910.

    I use mostly historical info to support and expand geological and seismological models of various areas in SA.

    I am also very interested in the dynamite explosion of 1896 at the Braamfontein Railway Siding and would be happy to exchange info when I complete my study.

    • Marc Latilla on said:

      Thanks Nicky. The Athenaeum club in JHB has been demolished. It was across the road from Joubert Park on Wolmarans Street.

  5. Someone posted this on reddit, and I’ve spent the last hour reading. I’ve sent a lot of the pictures to my dad.

    And I’m sure I’ve been to more than one show you DJ’d at, so props to you Marc.

    Got any information on Melville?

  6. This is really a wonderful and informative site. Thank you so much for doing this.

    I’m curious to know if you have any information on the Orlando Power Plant in Soweto. Any plans and/or early images of it, who designed it etc.

  7. Shiv Erasmus on said:

    great site – thank you, my husband and I have spent the entire evening going down memory lane.
    Can you perhaps help with any photos of the interior of the Standard Theatre. I have a piece (a “lady lamp”) that is supposed to have come from one of the podiums or pillars at the base of the banisters of the stairwell within the foyer theatre – and while I bought it simply because I fell in love with it when I clapped eyes on it, I would love to know that it did in fact one upon a time have a more glamorous life and purpose than standing lonely in my dining room.


    • Marc Latilla on said:

      Thanks for reading! I only have what I posted I’m afraid. Some of the theatre’s marble stairs went to the Brian Brooke Theatre and I recall reading that Adam Leslie may have had other theatre relics in his. Will let you know if I find anything.

  8. Palesa Makume on said:

    Such a great inside into our history. Do you Perhaps know what happened to the records of the patients of the Florence Nightingale Hospital

  9. Hi Hilton, I’ve been browsing your fabulous site with its wonderful photographs. My late father’s address at birth is listed as 45a Beit St. When I visited the ‘site’ in 2014, I found a rundown industrial building that looked like it was on its last legs. I’ve got a few photographs of old Doornfontein as it was in the early 1900s, but none that allow me to pin down a likely locality for my dad’s address. Any suggestions? (I’ll be in Jbg in early May). Thanks.

  10. Hi Marc, I grew up at a place called Siesta Guest Farm in Lombardy East Rembrand Park. It housed transitional families and was an amazing place of people in all kinds of difficult situations. Whites of course but also provided free housing to staff and their families ( s. quarters – as typical) and was run and owned by a kind Jewish family the Bergmans. The staff stayed with the guest farm til the day it was sold in the mid -late 80s.
    I have searched and searched for pics or maps or any records of the place. If you ever come across any info about it pleeeeeze share. here are many of us who were raised there and long for the glimpse of the past.

  11. Hi Marc, have you come across a suburb called New Brixton? This was the address of my late f.i.l in the 1930s. I can find both Brixton and Newtown on the contemporary tram map. But no reference to a New Brixton. Any thoughts?

    • Marc Latilla on said:

      Hi Liz, I’ve seen the name on a few genealogical sites, but It’s not a fixed/separate suburb. My guess is that it was part of new section or expansion of Brixton likely around the time of Brixton Cemetery from 1915 onwards and is now just part of Brixton proper. Suburb boundaries have known to be flexible and re-drawn over the years

  12. Benji on said:


    I found this channel on Youtube that has a load of old SA films that shows Joburg in the 1940-50’s, I don’t know if you have seen it before…


  13. I am researching the Alice in Wonderland production by Wheeler’s Juvenile Company at His Majesty’s Theatre, Johannesburg in April 1910. I believe there is an advertisement in The Star 6 April 1909 and a review 10 April 1909, although I have been unable to access these.

    Do you have any information about it, particularly who did the adaptation and who was in the cast?

    Thank you for your help

    Catherine Richards (UK)

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