PHOTO ESSAY | Inside The Rand Club where old Johannesburg’s elite would meet

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Built in 1904, the club is a handsome, four storey, beaux-arts edifice designed by Frank Emley and William Leck. (The Rand Club/ Facebook)
Built in 1904, the club is a handsome, four storey, beaux-arts edifice designed by Frank Emley and William Leck. (The Rand Club/ Facebook)

The Rand Club is one of the great historical landmarks of old Johannesburg. Episodes in its history were at the centre of events that rocked the nascent city. Here, in the bar of the earliest clubhouse on this site, the Jameson Raid was plotted, while in 1913, striking miners tried to storm the club building – many of whose members owned the mines at the centre of their grievances. And during the 1922 Rand Revolt, the club was where the defence committee of mining magnates met with the government to discuss the implications of the mineworkers’ strike, and to mull over Smuts’s brutal handling of it.


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