Johannesburg Newsletters Archived


Newsletter No 41 December 2012
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A proper Christmas newsletter

Newsletter N0 43 January 2013
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A list of genealogical references in the library of the North West Branch

Newsletter N0 44 March 2013
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"See the sad state of the Bezuidenhout Family Cemetery in Bezuidenhout Park, as reported in the Star.Read about Just Nuisance - I wonder if his grave is listed on the eGSSA site! Start reading the Diary of Dr Morrow, a doctor who did a Locum in Uniondale during the Boer War and Check if your ancestor is among the South Africans who served in the Royal air Force during WW1. We list 744 of the 2-3000."

Newsletter No 47 June 2013
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My Wish: I want ancestors who could read and write, had their children baptised in recognised houses of worship, went to school, purchased land, left detailed wills (naming a huge extended family as legatees), had their photographs taken once a year - subsequently putting said pictures in elaborate isinglass frames annotated with calligraphic inscriptions, and carved valuable and informative inscriptions in their headstones. Read more:  Now it's easy to find out as these fascinating records are available online for the first time, in association with the Royal Archives. Previously the records were only accessible at Windsor Castle by appointment.

Newsletter No 48 July 2013
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This newsletter is packed with news and photos of our activities the past 3 months. We continue to introduce other branches to our readers. Also: see the list with latest additions to our library

Newsletter Number 52 Nov 2013
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Read the conclusion of the Rita Noel Bosanquet saga. Remember she was pushed into the arms of Dale Lace when the Galway Castle that was torpedoed on her way to South African. Mr and Mrs Bosanquet did not survive the attack on the Galway Castle.
Also read the story of Sir Paul Nurse a Nobel Prize Winner and the unravelling of his family history in his attempts to secure a Green Card for the United States

Newsletter No 55 March 2014
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As 2014 commemorates the beginning of WW2,  each newsletter this year will have at least one article pertaining to the Great War - with different aspects of the war covered.  There is a write-up on our visit in December to Mariannhill Monastery.  This visit began with a tour round the Museum where we saw the original printing press and learned how it operated and ended up with a tour of the ultra-modern and very hi tech Mariannhill Mission Press.  A challenge to start (a little bit late) a 52-week blog on aspects of your life;  National and International news;  interesting websites ... and more ...

Newsletter No 58 June 2014
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"Continuing with our "war" theme, (in commemoration of the beginning of WW1), there is an article on the role Durban played in WW1 and also the story of the connection between the Wipers Times (a magazine published by soldiers on the Front Line),  the Sherwood Foresters and the area of Sherwood, Durban.  One of our members given us an extract on her family's involvement regarding the Siege of Kimberley.  As always, there are some helpful websites including a fairly new one for Mauritian researchers, and some genealogy humour."

Newsletter No 64 January 2015
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*     Levien Smuts and Annette Goussard were responsible for lodging photos of       a small farm cemetery, Samehaling, between Aroab and Karasburg.
*    Farm cemeteries Buffelspoort 343 and Buffelsfontein 344, Mooinooi are             now available on the eGGSA site. The former is a predominantly Janse van       Rensburg cemetery and the latter contains Janse van Rensburg, Viljoen and       Barnard headstones. Both were photographed by John Schwartz.

And more

Newsletter No 65 February 2015
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In this Issue
Due to a high number of interested groups, schools, individuals and potential sponsors etc. who would like to take part, the cycle tour has been planned to take place in December 2015. What started as a mere good gesture has now turned into a national project seeking to include each and every South African who loves their history and heritage!
When Johannesburg was originally planned, it was crammed with as many stands as possible to maximise income - especially from the corner stands. As a result, there was very little open space and no public park. In 1886, 12 stands were allocated for a small cemetery between Bree, Harrison, Diagonal and De Villiers streets (roughly where the Traffic Dept is today) but this proved hopelessly inadequate.