Second Saturdays

A big thank you to all who have participated in our Second Saturday events over the past few months. And a special thank you to CityWise and others who have given so generously of their time and resources to make the events a success.

We are going to take a Winter Break from Second Saturdays and reconvene in the Spring. We hope to see you then, reinvigorated and ready to get stuck in to keep Auckland Park clean and community friendly.

In the meantime we encourage you to continue to participate in the Park Days organised by the Brixton Community Forum (every second Saturday of the month) and the Saturday morning Fun Runs organised by Isobel Brits.

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Brixton and Auckland Park committees meet in the middle | Northcliff Melville Times

Here is a newspaper article on a recent event in Kingston Frost Park, which is shared by the suburbs of Auckland Park and Brixton.

Click at the bottom of the article to see photos from the day.

Source: Brixton and Auckland Park committees meet in the middle | Northcliff Melville Times

Out and about (5): Fun Walk in Auckland Park

Every year, the Auckland Park Academy of Excellence (APAX), organises a Fun Walk through the suburb.

Their next walk is on Sunday 13th September. You can check out their website for more information.

Use this as a chance to meet people in your suburb and get some exercise!

Keeping Auckland Park clean

The APRA Committee organised a clean-up campaign in the week leading up to 21 March 2015.

Sadly, our suburb is looking filthy again!

We are planning a second clean-up campaign before the end of the year but, in the meantime, we encourage you to keep your pavements and surrounding areas tidy.

To motivate you, here are some photos of the enthusiastic young people who helped in our last clean-up campaign.

 

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Children from the Auckland Park Academy of Excellence

 

 

 

 

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Did you know? (2): What happened to the Amawasha and the Auckland Park Steam Laundry?

In 1896 there were over 500 Amawasha living close to the spruit near Richmond. The Amawasha were unique in the labour history of South Africa.

They were Zulu-speaking men who had learned laundry skills from the Indian ‘dhobis’ who washed clothes in the Umgeni River. They came to Johannesburg in the early years of its mining history to provide a manual laundry service to the miners. They were self-organised into regiments and wore a uniform with distinctive turbans modelled on those of their Indian counterparts. You can read more about the Amawasha here.

The Amawasha were eventually displaced by the commercial Auckland Park Steam Laundry in 1896 whose buildings stood on the corner of Barry Hertzog and Napier Road. The Laundry operated until 1962.

In 2008, residents returning from their Christmas holiday were surprised to see that this historical site was being demolished by a company that had bought the property. This led to a public outcry.

Finally, at the end of 2014, an agreement was reached with the company to rebuild the most important of the historical buildings. Read the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation’s press release of 1 December 2014 for more details on what is proposed.

Amawasha washing laundry in a river

The Rand Steam Laundries

Out and about (4): religious institutions in Auckland Park and Brixton

Auckland Park has fourteen (or probably more) places of worship representing its multi-faith community. Many are open to visitors.

  • Anglican Church, 8 Walton Ave, Auckland Park
  • Melville Junction Church, 5 Sunbury Avenue, Auckland Park
  • Theosophical Society, 31 Streatley Ave (cnr Lothbury Avenue), Auckland Park (which also once housed Jo’burg’s first Buddhist Centre)
  • AGS Church and Seminary, Cnr of Richmond Ave and Cookham Rd, Auckland Park
  • Auckland Park Masjid, 46 Richmond Avenue, Auckland Park
  • Melville Union Church, 45 Ditton Ave, Auckland Park
  • Jesuit Institute, 15 Molesey Ave, Auckland Park
  • Brixton Church, 43 Putney Ave, Auckland Park
  • Brixton, Johannesburg Church of Christ, 88 Barnes Road, Brixton
  • St Nicholas Orthodox Church, 156 Fulham Road, Brixton
  • St Augustine’s, 108 Fulham Road, Auckland Park
  • Islamic Centre, 114 Caroline Street, Brixton
  • 14 Methodist Church, 114 Caroline Street, Brixton
  • Masjid Islam, Cnr of St Albans Ave & Indra Street, Brixton
  • Brixton Hindu Crematorium, Krause Street, Brixton

Did you know? (1): What happened to the Irish Volunteer Monument?

People who lived in Brixton twenty years ago may remember climbing onto the circular ramparts of the Irish Volunteer Monument just before midnight on New Year’s Eve. From this vantage point one could enjoy the 180 degree spectacle of fireworks shooting up into the sky across the city.

One can still climb onto the ramparts to enjoy the panorama but the monument, which used to be enclosed by the ramparts, is gone. Its departure in 2002 was unannounced and many people now living in Brixton and Auckland Park probably know nothing about the unlikely alliance that it celebrated.

The monument was erected in 1975 to commemorate the support provided to the Boers by around 300 Irish volunteers during the Second South African (or Anglo-Boer) War of 1899-1902. These volunteers provided this support because they, too, were resisting British colonial power.

If you want to know more about the history of the monument, why it was dismantled, and where it’s gone, you can read more here and here. The photo below and other information on the architect are available from the website Artefacts.

Irish Volunteer Monument