THE ORIGIN OF THE STREET NAMES
All the street names are named after people who had strong ties with the town during it's early years and therefore date back to the last days of the previous century. The streets could have been named after the turn of the century. The names in the town definitely have strong Scots/British flavour. Just like, the names of farms and district still exist today have names such as:
LOTHAIR, WARBURTON, LAKE BANAGIER, KOCKDU, BOTIWELL, JESSIEVALE, REDHILL, FAIRVIEW, SMITHSFIELD, BELLEVUE, KELVINSADE, EDENVALE, CALEDONIA, THE BROOK, and many others.
Some of the people after whom the streets in the town are named are:
PARKWOOD: Name dafter PARKER WOOD & CO. The town's best know merchant of over 100 years ago specializing in farm and produce equipment. They were owners in the town from 1888 until 1908. In 1888 the town was transferred to the Transvaal government. Title deeds of properties in the town still today give them the gas line servitude over the relevant properties if necessary. The company was liquidated in 1933.
MUIRHEAD: A partner in the MUIRHEAD FINDLAY & CO firm. In the eighties of last century they did brisk business in the town. Muirhead was later appointed as a local commissioner.
CAMPBELL: AM Cambell was original associated in the PARKER WOOD firm. Apparently as top man or manager, as he original dealt with all the official correspondence. In 1889 he was appointed as the first telephonist in the town at a salary of fifty pounds a month. He was, strangely enough, neither Scot nor English because all his correspondence was done in pure Afrikaans - Hollands.
JACK: The well know John Jack who came to South Africa in 1860 and became rich and famous. He was a trader with August Simmer in Harrismith before he came to Chrissiesmeer in 1882 where he once again traded. He build the first Hotel/Inn. In 1885 he and Simmer bought a section of the S.W.J. Meyer farm, Elandsfontein, for one thousand pounds where he started mining and the following year establish the Simmer and Jack Goldmine. Nearby the town of Germiston was established, name after the farm of that title near Glasgrow in Scotland, where he was born. The John Jack store group in Pretoria was also his enterprise.
SIMMER: August Simmer was a German by birth and probably a good frien of John Jack, considering they both were traders in Harrismith and then in Chrissiemeer. They were partners in the establishing the Simmer and Jack mining company.
ERSKINE: The Erskines were a well know family in the town and the neighbourhood. S.T Erskine was the first land surveyor in the town and was already busy here in 1880. Apparently to survey farms.
THORPE: The Thorpe family played a huge role in the origins of the town. At least 5 of their names appear in official document that are held in the National Archives in Pretoria. Willam Thorpe was acting field cornet and partner in the William Thorpe & CO firm. The first Thorpe had acquired property in the town as early as 28.02.1877.
MEYER: Schalk W J Meyer was a resident in the town in the 1870's but he was also the owner of the Elandsfontein farm where John Jack and August Simmer, the well known mine company and also the city of Germiston was later situated.
ALBRECHT: Albrecht was a partner in the business firm of Knopwood Albrecht & Co. What exactly the actual business consisted of is not known, but in 1880 they were permitted to import ammunition and to manufacture gunpower for rifle cartridges.
BOTHWELL: After which Bothwell is the street named? Archive material names Samuel, Henry, june, Helen, Thomas and Robert. Precisely who they were is not clear. Robert Cooper Bothwell's widow, Jessie Isabel Thompson Bothwell's maiden name was Hamilton and Hamilton street is possibly named after her or her family. (is Jessievale in the district possibly named after her?)
KING EDWARD: Probably Kind Edward VII ( 1901 - 1910)
QUEEN: Queen Victoria of England (1873 - 1901)
PERCY: Origin not yet determined, but researched continues. Possibly Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, transport rider and well known author of "Jock of the Bushveld?" In any case his association with the town is not clear. It is assumed, however, that he rode along here with his transport wagons.
MITCHELL: Not yet determined, but investigation continue.
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