Alberton History

NEWMARKET 28 YEARS AGO: An exterior view of Newmarket Racecourse, in 1988, at the time of the 100 000 Newmarket Golden Jubilee Handicap.

Newmarket then and now

How have times changed, as the new Mall at Newmarket started a shopping experience where horses are the main attraction.
The Alberton Crest which was in use just before Alberton became part of the Greater Ekurhuleni Metro.

The coat of arms

In mid 1988, the council approved a new design submitted by the State Herald. For many this new design lost the human touch but if read carefully, they are still there.
ALBERTON RUGBYSPAN 80 JAAR GELEDE: Alberton Rugbyklub se ligaspan van 1934: Ou inwoners van Alberton sal baie van die name herken as oorspronklik seuns uit pioniersgesinne: Voor: A Barnard, LA Hoffman, TL Botha (kaptein), HS Myburgh en R Van Rensburg. Middel: G van Zyl, J Meintjies (gewese Alberton Stadsklerk), J Sauermann, P van der Westhuizen en B Venter. Agter: JH Lombard (voorsitter), C Butler, J Meades en A Jensen (oud-burgemeester), S vd Westhuizen, O Swarts en Pieter Moller (sekretaris en

Die rugby Lombards

Die straat praat se Maart 1968 uitgawe dra die Lombards se storie wat in 1907 van Germiston na Alberton per ossewa gekom het.
Alberton’s most capped rugby Springbok of all times Kevin de Klerk with 13 tests, in action for Transvaal (nowadays Golden Lions) of which he became president in 2010.

History of sport 1904 – 1959

The historical sport highlights in Alberton’s history were inter-linked with the history of the time and ran like a golden thread through it
GOING DOWN IN HISTORY: The 1977 Rapport Toer cycle race winner, Robbie Mcintosh, who reached Alberton first when the penultimate leg of the 1 917 km tour in 1978 from Cape Town to Johannesburg, passed through Voortrekker Road Alberton in the autumn of 1978. * Rapport Toer 1978 – Archive photo

Trip down memory lane

Some sport people in Alberton who were never interested in cycling at the time, were since that day hooked to cycle races on television and can’t wait to watch the Tour de France every year in June-July
Christmas day 1907: The entire population of Alberton (with the exception of a few workers) turns out to celebrate at "die Sinkkerkie".

Interesting to know …

Although there was no bottle store, their had been both beer and wine available in the town in a classroom which doubled as a billiard room and beer hall when school was out.
JOHAN STEENEKAMP IN SY RUGBYDAE: So het die Rekord tien jaar gelede tydens Alberton se 100ste bestaansjaar oor Johan Steenekamp, Alberton se eerste rugbyspringbok berig.

Alberton onthou eerste rugby-Springbok

Sy rugby-nalatenskap aan Alberton leef steeds voort, met talle van sy familie en vriende wat steeds in Alberton woon, asook in die annale van Albertonrugby
The old Town Hall in Van Riebeeck Avenue, Alberton North, which is still a proud landmark in Alberton.

Rapid growth since the fifties

Tar roads where proposed in both old and new suburbs and 63 industries where established – prosperity was steadily growing.
Chairman of the Alberton Centenary Committee, Councillor Neil Diamond

Alberton – 110 years of magic

ALBERTON – In 2004 Alberton celebrated 100 years. Back then the town hosted a Centenary Festival and this is the message from the Alberton Centenary Committee Chairperson, Councillor Neil Diamond: “Om ‘n dorp se honderdjarige bestaan te vier, is ‘n gebeurtenis wat een keer in ‘n leeftyd gebeur en ek was geëerd dat dit in…
Chinese labourers where brought in by the gold-mining houses to replace black miners who retreated to their distant homes during the war.

An ever growing town

The land was close to Johannesburg and Germiston, and with the markets of the two adjacent towns within a matter of hours away farmers could easily make a living.

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