GUIDED TOUR OF BRAAMFONTEIN CEMETERY
By: 
Outing led by SJ de Klerk and Sarah Welham
Date: 
Sun, 19/05/2019 - 08:30
Branch: 
Northern
Date: Sunday, 19 May 2019 Time: 8:30
Venue: Braamfontein Cemetery (Safe parking is available inside the Cemetery, off Graf Street, adjacent to the
on-ramp onto the M1 from Smit Street.)
Charge: Members R80, Non members R120
Bring: Hat, water bottle, walking shoes, sunblock, camping chairs and a light snack for afterwards
Booking is essential: Contact Anne Raeburn anner@mweb.co.za or 083 455 4151
Places will only be confirmed once payment has been received.
 
The tour will include the historical Jewish precinct where a number of Johannesburg's leading Jewish citizens are
buried including Wolf Joel, nephew of Barney Barnato, who was shot and killed by Kurt von Veltheim under
mysterious circumstances. Other historical graves include a passenger who drowned on the Titanic,
Johannesburg's first recipient of the Victoria Cross, the sister-in-law of Lord Kitchener, the Foster Gang, the
coachman of President Kruger, the Police and Firemen's section and a monument to those who died in the
Dynamite explosion of 19 February 1896. The Garden of Remembrance to Imperial soldiers of the Boer War will
visited along with the grave of Enoch Sontonga, composer of Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika. Where applicable, tombstone
symbolism will also be discussed.
Sarah Welham is a researcher for Johannesburg Heritage and recently formed the Friends of the Cemetery. Her
knowledge of the Braamfontein and Brixton Cemeteries is unparalleled. SJ de Klerk, our newest committee
member, is a regular contributor on historical cemeteries for the Heritage Portal (www.heritageportal.co.za).