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[[File:David Webster RIP.jpg|thumb|David Webster Memorial at his former residence]]
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The house was purchased in 1986 by Maggie Friedman, who moved into the house together with her partner David Webster in August of that year. On 1st May 1989, David Webster was gunned down in front of the house at 13 Eleanor Street by a shotgun fired from a passing car. He died on the pavementThe assassin was later revealed to be Ferdi Barnard of the apartheid regime’s Civil Cooperation Bureau (CCB).
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The Friedenskirche congregation was founded as a German Evangelical Lutheran congregation in 1888, two years shortly after the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand, to minister to German-speaking Protestants, and give the German community a home in a foreign country. This church stood on the North-Eastern corner of the intersection of Hancock and Quartz Streets, thus located in Johannesburg proper - the town which had been laid out on the farm Randjeslaagte.
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A simple, plain church building of conventional structure was erectedLater, a fairly large piece of land in Hillbrow was made available to the German community of Johannesburg  by the government of the South African Republic headed by Paul Kruger. This site was divided between the Lutheran congregation and the German School. 
  
 
;Quick Facts:
 
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*'''JP Tile No.:''' 2
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*'''JP Tile No.:''' 6
*'''Building Age: ''' circa 1904
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*'''Building Age: ''' 1912
*'''Name of site:''' David Webster House
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*'''Name of site:''' Evangelical Lutheran Friedenskirche (“Church of Peace”)
*'''Stand no:''' Erf No.: 594 Troyeville
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**'''Other Names (if any):''' Lutheran Church, Hillbrow.
*'''Street address:''' 13 Eleanor Street, Troyeville
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*'''Location:'''  Corner Kapteijn and Edith Cavell Streets; between Twist and Edith Cavell Streets.
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*'''Street address:''' 30 Edith Cavell Street Hillbrow, Johannesburg
 
*'''District/Province/Region:''' Johannesburg / Gauteng
 
*'''District/Province/Region:''' Johannesburg / Gauteng
*'''Ownership:'''
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*'''Ownership:''' Evangelical Lutheran Congregation, Johannesburg
**'''Previous Owner:''' Maggie Friedman
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*'''Site Type:''' Church/Place of worship
**'''Present Owners:''' Veerle Dieltiens & Moloi
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*'''Site Type:''' Residential house
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*'''State of Conservation:''' The property is well-maintained and preserved.
 
*'''State of Conservation:''' The property is well-maintained and preserved.
 
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;Inscription
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;Plaques / Inscription:
   
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The bronze plaque installed by the National Monuments Council has long since disappeared.  
In 1999, ten years after the death of David Webster, Maggie Friedman and a group of David’s friends, put up a commemorative mosaic on the garden wall on the street side.  The inscription reads:
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A blue plaque is to be installed by the City in 2011 with the following inscription: 
DAVID WEBSTER 19 DEC. 1945 – 1 MAY 1989
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ASSASSINATED HERE FOR HIS FIGHT AGAINST APARTHEID
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  LIVED FOR JUSTICE, PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP
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;FRIEDENSKIRCHE<br>
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;LUTHERAN CHURCH
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The Friedenskirche (“Church of Peace”) dates from 1912, built to house a German congregation formed in Johannesburg in 1888.  Designed by Theodore Schaerer and built of the stone from the ridge on which it rises, the Church remains an important landmark. Its distinctive Bavarian bell-tower was familiar to the German immigrants, many of them living in cosmopolitan Hillbrow.  The site was declared a National Monument in 1986.  
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;Statement of Significance:
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Among the oldest surviving buildings in the area, the Friedenskirche represents something of the cosmopolitan character which has been a long-standing feature of Hillbrow in particular, and of Johannesburg more broadly. For many years, the church was central to the religious and community life of German immigrants. The Friedenskirche is the mother congregation of several Lutheran congregation on the Witwatersrand. The building is distinguished by it’s fine architectural qualities and detailing, embracing valuable artefacts, from the German Protestant tradition. It is a landmark building and still important in the Hillbrow community
  
;Statement of Significance:
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;Legal Status (Decree/Act): Declared a National Monument in 1986.  Currently, the Friedenskirche holds the status of a Provincial Heritage Site.
 
   
 
   
The house is of political and historical significance because of its association with David Webster and because it marks the place of his assassination. His death came at a watershed time for the apartheid government.  His activism, and the international outrage that followed the event, no doubt contributed in some measure to the subsequent political changes in the country.
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;Authority Responsible: Provincial heritage resources Authority – Gauteng (PHRA-G)
  
During the 1980s the house was often a meeting place of activists as well as a ‘safe house’ for people who were trying to avoid the attention of the security police.
 
  
 
You can read a more detailed article on Wikipedia.
 
You can read a more detailed article on Wikipedia.
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Latest revision as of 09:58, 25 August 2014

Evangelical Lutheran Friedenskirche (“Church of Peace”)
Lutheran Friedenskirche church building including Bell tower
Plaques on church wall

The Friedenskirche congregation was founded as a German Evangelical Lutheran congregation in 1888, two years shortly after the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand, to minister to German-speaking Protestants, and give the German community a home in a foreign country. This church stood on the North-Eastern corner of the intersection of Hancock and Quartz Streets, thus located in Johannesburg proper - the town which had been laid out on the farm Randjeslaagte.

A simple, plain church building of conventional structure was erected. Later, a fairly large piece of land in Hillbrow was made available to the German community of Johannesburg by the government of the South African Republic headed by Paul Kruger. This site was divided between the Lutheran congregation and the German School.

Quick Facts
  • JP Tile No.: 6
  • Building Age: 1912
  • Name of site: Evangelical Lutheran Friedenskirche (“Church of Peace”)
    • Other Names (if any): Lutheran Church, Hillbrow.
  • Location: Corner Kapteijn and Edith Cavell Streets; between Twist and Edith Cavell Streets.
  • Street address: 30 Edith Cavell Street Hillbrow, Johannesburg
  • District/Province/Region: Johannesburg / Gauteng
  • Ownership: Evangelical Lutheran Congregation, Johannesburg
  • Site Type: Church/Place of worship
  • State of Conservation: The property is well-maintained and preserved.


Plaques / Inscription

The bronze plaque installed by the National Monuments Council has long since disappeared.

A blue plaque is to be installed by the City in 2011 with the following inscription:

FRIEDENSKIRCHE
LUTHERAN CHURCH
The Friedenskirche (“Church of Peace”) dates from 1912, built to house a German congregation formed in Johannesburg in 1888. Designed by Theodore Schaerer and built of the stone from the ridge on which it rises, the Church remains an important landmark. Its distinctive Bavarian bell-tower was familiar to the German immigrants, many of them living in cosmopolitan Hillbrow. The site was declared a National Monument in 1986.
Statement of Significance

Among the oldest surviving buildings in the area, the Friedenskirche represents something of the cosmopolitan character which has been a long-standing feature of Hillbrow in particular, and of Johannesburg more broadly. For many years, the church was central to the religious and community life of German immigrants. The Friedenskirche is the mother congregation of several Lutheran congregation on the Witwatersrand. The building is distinguished by it’s fine architectural qualities and detailing, embracing valuable artefacts, from the German Protestant tradition. It is a landmark building and still important in the Hillbrow community

Legal Status (Decree/Act)
Declared a National Monument in 1986. Currently, the Friedenskirche holds the status of a Provincial Heritage Site.
Authority Responsible
Provincial heritage resources Authority – Gauteng (PHRA-G)


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