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IBSC South African Conference 2014: Tours

Steeped in history, Wynberg Boys’ High School has undertaken a large amount of research and fact-finding with regards to the area in which we find ourselves. Surrounded by famous Churches and buildings, the schools own history is full of interesting tales.

Eager to share our history with the world, Wynberg is continually developing its own Museum and building towards our 175th celebrations in 2016. In doing, we have developed two sets of Historical Wynberg Tours; both of which were on offer to delegates this week – the ‘Three Churches Tour’ and the ‘Three Great Houses Tour.’ The truly fascinating aspects of these six beautiful buildings is that they all lie within a kilometre or so of Wynberg Boys’ High School.

The first of the three churches on the tour, given by our Librarian Mrs Pat Rogers, is the Lutheran Church, situated on the edge of Wynberg Military Camp, which came into existence in the later 19th century in response to the needs of the German community living on the Cape Flats at Philippi. For many of this community the main congregation in Cape Town lay too far afield for regular
attendance.

Church number two is the Dutch Reformed Church, sited in a commanding position on Carr Hill and now a national monument. Dr Philip Eduard Faure was the first incumbent, appointed in 1854 and remaining at his post for the next 48 years. Successively enlarged over the years, its last extension was completed in 1899 and owed a significant debt to Cecil John Rhodes who provided the four massive granite pillars which were part of this enlargement.

The third historical church related to Wynberg is the Anglican church of St John the Evangelist, situated slightly higher up the hill from where Glebe Cottage stands today. Having used the Cottage for years as a chapel, the local English-speaking congregation succeeded in having a church of their own built in the mid-19th century. St John’s was for years the garrison church for the military
camp close by.

The Great Houses Tour is given by Mr Neil Veitch, the man currently responsible for writing the schools’ 175th History Edition. The talk starts with a history of Hawthornden, the home of the Labia family which is situated to the immediate south of the school. Count and Countess Labia have welcomed many groups of people into their home over the years, happy that such interest continues to
be shown in this grand, High Victorian country-house, bought in 1892 by Sir JB Robinson, the well-known South African mining magnate.

The second building of significance is the great Edwardian mansion, ‘Trovato House,’ designed by Sir Herbert Baker for the Transvaal millionaire, Carl Jeppe in 1903. Once surrounded by many acres of farmland, ‘Trovato’ passed from the Powell family to its present use as headquarters of a commercial enterprise which assures its immaculate present-day condition.

‘Springfield House‘ was the manor of a part of the Oude Wijnberg
estate, owned formerly by Colonel George Rogers as a working farm
and acquired in 1870 by the Irish Dominican sisterhood who opened a
school there the following year. The early school was developed
around the manor house and its extensive orchards and fields have
gradually been replaced by sports facilities and new school buildings.

 

Historical Tours: Great Wynberg Houses & Three Churches


Dutch Reformed Church, Wynberg St John's Parish Church, Wynberg
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Venues at Wynberg Boys' High School

The Clegg Hall: main school auditorium
The Fishbowl: function and meeting room adjacent the central quad
The Bill Bowden Pavilion: sports pavilion adjacent the main rugby field

Contact Wynberg Boys' High School

For all IBSC South African Conference 2014 enquiries, please contact WBHS General Manager Ms Jeanette Muller:

+27 21 797 4247 extension 127

Monday - Friday, school terms, 08h00 - 16h00

or email (remove parentheses)

jmuller(@)wbhs.org.za

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