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‘CRYPT, CREMATORIUM AND MEMORIAL WALLS – BRAAMFONTEIN CEMETERY’
SATURDAY, 30th MARCH
In the 1930’s thousands of people became eco-conscious and opted for cremation rather than burial. A British prime minister led the way in saving green spaces and it became fashionable rather than simply the cheapest route. This led to building the crematorium in the Braamfontein Cemetery. Until then cremations had taken place at the Hindu Crematorium in Brixton. The stone boundary walls were divided into sections providing elegant space for memorial plaques, but no space for the ashes themselves which might be take home and kept on the mantle-piece.
But for those who preferred to find their final resting place below ground there was the option of the crypt. Not really as creepy as it sounds. It does have some handsome mini caskets – small ones like jewel cases. And some distinguished remains.
Join our tour Saturday 30th March to encounter Sir Willem van Hulsteyn, the ghost of Frank Wild and Gandhi’s German secretary, Sonja Schlesin.
GUIDES : Clare van Zwieten, Flo Bird and Sarah Welham
PARK : Braamfontein Cemetery, within the grounds close to the
TIME : 14h00
DURATION : 3 hours
COST : R100 for members and R170 for non-members
MAXIMUM No: 50