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The History of Rietondale

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John William Morrison bought Rietondale as a farm in 1924 (Transport Act 13152/1924), naming it Kia-Ora. The four borders of his farm were as follows:
  • East: "Proefplaas", Tom Jenkins Avenue
  • South: Soutpansberg Road
  • West: East of Nuffield Street
  • North: Skurwekoppies, today known as Eben Roux Street

John William Morrison born on 16 April 1888 and died at Kia-Ora 15 February 1969, originated from Iverness - the Highlands of Scotland.

John William Morrison          John William MorrisonBought Rietondale as farm in 1924           This tent were home to John W. Morrison and his wife while building their cottage. The cottage is situated at 184 van der Merwe Street, Rietondale.           Rietondale, taken from Tome Jenkins Avenue September 2007 Nora Morrison (Vorster)          Nora Morrison (Vorster)Born 28 January 1897 and died 23 June 1949 after suffering cancer for many years at Kia-Ora.           The borehole at Kia-Ora, sunken June 1929. On this photo you can see the Morrison farm, now Rietondale, was just a bare piece of land.           The house where the Morrison/Boshoff families lived.           The Cottage were the first house built on the Morrison farm. Building started in 1924 and was completed 1927.           After completion of the cottage in 1927, John W. Morrison started building the Rondawels of the main house from 1927 to 1932. Rondawel 1 on the rigt was used as the milk room in 1929. Rondawel 2 on the left was where the youngest daughter of the Morrisons was born on the 2nd of August 1934.           Building of the main house started in 1932 and completed in 1937. Main House Name          Main House NameKia-Ora, the Scottish words for "Ons Tuiste". Kia-Ora          Kia-OraThe house and farm - 1938.           Nora Boshoff (Morrison) - 1936.           Nora Boshoff (Morrison) - 1934.           Dining room table made by John W. Morrison for Kia-Ora's dining room - 1936.           Black Stinkwood lounge suite made by Jonkers in Knysna 1940 was ordered by John W. Morrison. All the black stinkwood furniture are still at Kia-Ora today. Jonkers and all other furniture makers stopped making black stinkwood furniture years ago and therefor these pieces are not only special, but also priceless. The Front Porch - 1936          The Front Porch - 1936The furniture in this photo is called Morris furniture. John W. Morrison enjoyed some quiet time on his porch here, with his youngest daughter, Nora Boshoff (Morrison) hiding on the back chair. Nora Boshoff (Morrison)          Nora Boshoff (Morrison)John W. Morrison died 15 February 1969. The funeral was held at Kia-Ora. Nora Boshoff (Morrison) inherited Kia-Ora and moved to Pretoria mid 1969. John William MorrisonBought Rietondale as farm in 1924
John William Morrison Nora Morrison (Vorster) Main House Name Kia-Ora The Front Porch - 1936 Nora Boshoff (Morrison)

Some interesting facts about Rietondale relating to John William Morrison:

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Morrison Avenue, named after the developer of Rietondale - John William Morrison. He was an Archeologist and Geologist and later also a Building Contractor.

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John W. Morrison gave the Park and Sports Grounds to Rietondale and its people. He also established a Servitude; Transport Act 1425/105 that Rietondale Park and Sports Grounds may never be used for anything else but a park and sports grounds. Furthermore, no business rights may be given to any property in Rietondale.

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Morrison Avenue 56 was built by John W. Morrison and his builder Mr. Kapp in 1939 for his daughter Muriel Dannert (Morrison). She designed the house herself. The Botanical Gardens in Nelspruit was also designed and established by her and a plaque with her name on it can be found there.

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"Die Nes" - the name used for many years to describe this little "nest or small house", nestling in the mountain behind the main house at 56 Morrison Avenue. "Die Nes" was used as stables for John W. Morrison's milk cows.


 

 
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