The Longest Six, and a Stephen Foster S. A. National Anthem.

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:

Dorothy Wienand Noble






















(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:

© February 2019 Colonialist

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23 Responses to The Longest Six, and a Stephen Foster S. A. National Anthem.

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  2. Sue W says:

    A lovely story. What an interesting life she led. Enjoyed both versions of Swanee River too.


    • colonialist says:

      Her tales were legend: delivering a pistol to an officer as a WAAF and a whole platoon of air force men marching in front of her with hands up; a press clipping she cherished proving her a regicide — ‘Miss Wienand sang before Queen Alexandra who died shortly thereafter’; dancing with the Prince of Wales in India at one of the balls she attended hosted by the Rajahs, and lots more.

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  3. equinoxio21 says:

    What a lovely picture and story. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.


  4. Widdershins says:

    Love your mum’s sense of humour! 😀

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  5. Stephanie Haahjem says:

    Brilliant! Also now know why we have a multi-language anthem! Imagine all the broken chairs if we didn’t!


    • colonialist says:

      Indeed! Even now we are at risk of having any of the other language groups take umbrage. Maybe no words, and Three Blind Mice? No, then, probably, the handicapped would take a dim view.


  6. You obviously was Mummy’s boy, you inherited her talent, and then some. Now I know what was wrong the first time I went to the S.O.H.; I forgot to take a cushion.

    Did I detect a couple of wrong/flat notes in that piano rendition? If I didn’t I’ll blame my hearing.


  7. Oh, I love that piano rendition of Swanee River/Old Folks At Home. Your mom’s article is very amusing. You obviously inherited her sense of humour. 🙂


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