Spotlight shines on Kensington Heritage

“Mr Herbert Prins, the chairman of the Egoli Heritage Founda­tion, did the honour of unveiling the plaque of the Kensington Club. That was rather emotional,” said Mrs Thorne. He spoke about the importance of heritage societies being more active in communities and working together to preserve the city’s history. Once the veil of the plaque was removed, the African Skye Pipe Band brought on the goose bumps with their music. As people filled in the registration and membership forms, the Campus of Performing Arts (Copa) entertained with light jazz ensembles.

“Mr Colin Dickinson, who has been a member for more than 60 years, was our first speaker and he introduced the history of the Kensington Club. Alkis Doucakis, a renowned historian and author of a few books, spoke on the street names in Kensington and their history. Mr Eric Itzkin, the deputy director of immovable heritage at the City of Johannesburg, shared information on the Scottish Cross in Kensington and its restoration. He also spoke about the history of the Indian Monument in Observatory,” said Mrs Thorne.

Later in the day, Mr Dickinson was called down to the North Green. He was struck by emotion when the North Green was renamed The Colin Dickinson Green.

“The Jeppe High School for Girls drummers then played for us. They were excellent. Ms Genie Wright, a teacher at the Leicester Road School, shared wonderful bits of history about the building of the school and delightful stories of camps gone by. Her father was the first headmaster of the school. The school uniform was also displayed. I am sure that many people had their memories re-awakened,” said Mrs Thorne.

Joburg East EXPRESS

Article written by, Chitra Bodasing. (Edited)