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Piet van Biljon
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Another revamp for Pretoria's Church Square
Pretoria's historic Church Square is set for a major revamp and will receive its second make-over in three years. Landscaping and renovation work officially began yesterday and is set to give the city centre a whole new and improved look. Church Square as i...

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Some information about the Eureka Cigarette Factory
The L te Groen building today I am sure a number of Pretoria residents have driven past this quaint little building among all the high rise buildings and wondered exactly what this perfectly restored building's significance is. It is called the Eureka Facto...

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Some ordinary and extraordinary events from Johannesburg in 1904
Reproduced from an article in The Heratage Portal by Article by James Ball A while back we spent a few hours paging through the 1904 Minutes of the Johannesburg Town Council (still a town at that stage). It was a remarkable experience travelling back in tim...

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Memories of Grand Prix Racing in Johannesburg in the 1930s
Prosser Roberts with his Bugatti  I have noticed that many people are trying to establish the location of the Lord Howe Race Track in Kelvin. It is possible that the borehole is still there so if one can find it the rest may fall into line (see sketch below...

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Corrugated Irony - A Short History of the Tin Roof
Corrugated iron was developed and patented in Britain around 1830 and has travelled the world. Born during the industrial revolution it travelled to the expanding colonies of the Empire, notably to Australia, India & South Africa; it also found popularity o...

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A short history of Tudor Chambers
View from Church Square The Sammy Marks fountain is in the foreground View from Church Square Tudor Chambers today  Tudor Chambers was originally a speculative development intended for street-level retail and luxury offices in typical high-street or city-ce...

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The Magnificent Gardens of the Union Buildings
The Union Building gardens today The following article, compiled by Penny Blersch , appeared in the April 2015 issue of The Arcadian. It provides some historical snippets about the gardens of the Union Buildings and the many memorials dotted around the site...

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HF Gros and his remarkable collection of early Transvaal Photographs
This blog entry is reproduced from a article in the Heritage portal written by Rod Kruger Camera similar to the one used by H.F. Gros 1885 H Ferdinand Gros was of Swiss origin. He arrived in South Africa circa 1869.  On July 16th 1870 he was advertising tha...

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Nardi Bisiluro's strange asymmetrical Le Mans racing car
Nardi Bisiluro's strange asymmetrical Le Mans racing car with the driver on the right, engine on the left, radiator in the middle .   Blohm & Voss BV 141 in 1938.   In 1938, the German airplane maker Blohm & Voss created several examples of asymmetrical bom...

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Timeline of Pretoria’s History
This timeline was reproduced from the ShowMe Pretoria website   http://showme.co.za/pretoria/tourism/timeline-of-pretorias-history/ 1600s The Southern Transvaal Ndebele tribe settles in the area which was to become the location of the city of Pretoria, afte...
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