After unearthing the family Yeoville mansion picture shown here, I did some more delving and found a book ‘‘Remembering Old Johannesburg’ published by AD Donker (Pty.) Ltd. in 1986. This is filled with reminiscences by Johannesburg and Rand Pioneers, and in connection with Yeoville it has a quote:
Hannah Caras recalls that it was said:
‘First you lived in Doornfontein and then you moved up your social standing and went to Yeoville. You had really come up in the world when your address read Yeoville.’
It also includes a page written by my late mother, born in 1900, which I think may be found amusing:
(Regarding the six, the record books quote SHAHID AFRIDI — 160m onto the stadium roof.
But what about JIMMY SINCLAIR — Johannesburg to Durban, between 476 to 497 Kms?)
Incidentally, in the days before the ‘talkies’ came out, my mother used to be asked to play the piano at cinema performances. She loved the challenge of improvising, or playing by ear, suitable music for each scene, particularly during the news. Anyway, her version of Swanee River would probably have sounded something like this: