Al registered tourist guides and members of the IPTGSA and GGA are invited to this educational audiovisual talk by DR Janet du Plooy which will be held in the refurbished Krugersdorp Club frequented at times by Paul Kruger himself
Venue: Krugersdorp Club: 66 Ockerse street Krugersdorp
Date Monday 9 November 2020
Program for the day
- 08:30 to 09:00 Arrival and registration
- 09:00 -10:00 Start of presentation.
- 10:00 -11:00 Visit some of the sites discussed ( arranged in meeting)
- Lunch and drinks for own account
The educational is free but a donation for the presenter is requested.
There is no designated parking and only parking in the street in front of the venue is available.
Full printed brochures on the history will be available for purchase at R20 per booklet.
All Covid Protocols to be adhered to, please remember your mask
During the 1890s, Doctors Steward and Van der Merwe closed up their practice at noon every day, which wasn’t all that unusual for the time, and made their way up the street to a towering tree on a grassy plain. Here they lounged in the shade and sipped their daily brew. But as the town’s population steadily grew, the two realised they couldn’t keep drinking in public as they had been. This is when the Krugersdorp Gentleman’s Club was founded. The tree still stands today, although it’s behind a closed gate across the road from the club.
The club quickly grew in numbers and popularity, and its boardroom was even used by President Paul Kruger on occasion when he traveled through the town.
The boardroom is still in near pristine condition, with very little having changed over the years. Throughout the entire club, you’d find the original wooden floors, wooden bar, and pressed steel ceilings. Even the ceilings have an interesting history – before South Africa’s independence from England, British soldiers asked permission from the Queen to join and drink at the Krugersdorp Club. Each of the four ceiling designs represents one of the colonies during the time.