Outing to the Heritage Treasures of Toppieshoek
Guide: Vincent Carruthers
Sun, 14/07/2024 - 09:30
Outing to the Heritage Treasures of Toppieshoek 

Guide: Vincent Carruthers 

Date: Sunday, 14 July 2024 
Time: 9h30 for 10h00 
Venue:         Toppieshoek, Broederstroom. 
Charge:         Members R120 and non-members: R170.

Toppieshoek, a campus of the Tshwane University of Technology, situated south of the Hartbeespoort Dam, is home to two unusual heritage treasures. The much later one, encompass the buildings and telescopes of the Leiden Southern Station Observatory, which operated here from 1953 to 1978. In 1971, Arnout van Genderen, subsequently Professor of Astronomy at Leiden University, began work at the Leiden Southern Station and for the next seven years he and his wife and small daughter lived in a cottage at the Observatory, overlooking Hartbeespoort Dam.