Johannesburg1912 is the name of my historical blog on Johannesburg.
It started out after seeing the original hand drawn plans from 1912 for our house when building an extra room on in 2010. I had this mad idea that I could find a picture of the house from back then and started buying up 2nd hand books on Johannesburg. This led to the discovery of the rich and amazing history of the town (now city) and a mission to document those buildings and houses still standing (and comparing them to old pictures I found). Much of what has been lost over the years is also documented and compared to today.
All this led to a blog site documenting the history of the town by suburb and theme (trams, theatres and churches). This turned into a book deal with Penguin Random House for a book called ‘Johannesburg Then and Now’ which was released in October 2018.
I went to Heaven & miss those days