Welcome to the Newtown website. This site has been designed as an accompaniment to the heritage trail. The trail was created in 2010 to encourage visitors to walk through this rich and colourful precinct and learn more about the history of key landmark buildings from illustrated story panels.
As you explore the website you will discover the hidden histories, intriguing characters, dramatic events and richly textured cultural heritage that make the Newtown story so compelling.
The Newtown Heritage Tour is a dynamic navigation tool. By clicking on each marker you can read more detailed information on the site as well as view a photo gallery.
Newtown's Streets profiles the artists after whom Newtown’s streets were renamed in 2004 as part of the transformation of the city. This act of renaming has given prominence to little known artists who were marginalised or exiled during the apartheid era.
Newtown: The Full Story sheds light on the tumultuous growth of Johannesburg from a small mining camp into the fast-paced metropolis it is today. The in-depth account of the rich history of the area is useful for scholars and tourists alike.
Newtown’s Public Art provides a background to each of the art pieces within the Newtown precinct and in the surrounds. It gives insight into the public art policy that led to the creation of these new landmarks.
Newtown: Sites and Sounds brings Newtown to life through historical and current footage as well as interviews with those people who have shaped the precinct’s transformation into a cultural hotspot in Jozi today.
In the Vicinity describes the neighbourhoods and landmarks surrounding Newtown and refers readers to other websites so that they can glean more in depth information.
We hope that this website will assist researchers, students and visitors at home and abroad to learn more about Newtown's rich past and lively present and that will entice you to visit one of the many attractions in the area.
The Newtown Legacy Project
The Newtown Legacy Project was made possible with funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, as well as support from the City of Johannesburg’s Directorate of Arts, Culture and Heritage and Museum Africa. The Legacy Project comprised the production of a 20-minute documentary capturing Newtown’s rich history, the development of this website, the design and installation of 18 heritage markers and three precinct panels at various sites of interest throughout the core cultural precinct, and the training of five specialist Newtown site guides. The Legacy Project forms part of the greater Newtown 2010 Lotto project which will market and animate Newtown during the World Cup period.
Did You Know?
Did you know that in 1893 brickmaking was the third largest industry in the Transvaal after mining and farming? The brickmakers rented land from the government and made their bricks from the clay which was found in Newtown.