Burgers park was the first park to be set out in Pretoria. It was commisioned by T.F Burger, who was the President of the South African republic between 1872-7; as the site of a Botanical Garden and was named after him. It has historical structures that in the park such as the band stand built in Scotland, the kiosk, the Curator’s house, the greenhouse that houses plants from four different climate regions. The park also has a statue of T.F Burger and the memorial of the Transvaal Scottish Regiment. It is also the site were the British army grounds were located across from Melrose house where the headquarters were housed.
Current known heritage status
Known interested and affected parties
City Council of Pretoria
South African Institute of Architects
Institute of Landscape Architects of South Africa (ILASA)
Provincial Heritage Resources Agency - Gauteng
South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA)
Pretoria Institute of Architects
The park was firstly ear marked as a Botanical garden in 1974 and the site was set aside. In 1890 George Heys was commissioned to layout the plan for the park and the park was fully completed in 1892. In 1895 the bandstand was brought in from Scotland and assembled on site. During the Anglo-Boer war, the park was used as a camping ground by the British army. After the end of the war the Curator’s House was built on site to house the curator of the garden. In the 1960’s the green house was built on site. Since the end of World War 1, the site has been used as a public park.
Description of site and/or structures and/or interior spaces
The plants in the park are from various world regions and some were planted to commemorate various historical events of which a tree was planted to celebrate Queen Wilhelmina's. The park also has a number of historical buildings and structures contained within it the focus being the Green House wich was constructed in the 1960's. Also located in the park is the Victorian stlye Band Stand(1895), the Kiosk, the Curator's House(1904) and statues of T.F Burger and the memorial to the Transvaal Scottish Regiment who fell during the World War 1.
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