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KILLARNEY HISTORY AND INFORMATION

 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killarney,_Gauteng

 

Killarney is a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. A relatively wealthy area, located west of the M1 freeway, Killarney is a densely built-up area, and it has numerous apartment blocks, as well as a large shopping mall, Killarney Mall.

 

Neighbouring suburbs include Houghton Estate, Riviera, and Parktown.

 

It is home to the first shopping mall in Johannesburg. It was formerly known as the Hollywood of Johannesburg, due it being the location of one of the first film studios in South Africa.

 

 

Daventry Court

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Killarney currently is home to consulates, tall residential buildings (including some of Johannesburg's best examples of Art Deco architecture) and a golf course. There is a large Jewish, Muslim community in Killarney.

 

Killarney is very cosmopolitan and also has a large gay community.

 

History

In the early 1930s, the land in Killarney, W Schlesinger’s African Realty Trust bought the 43-hectare for £120,000.

 

On the grounds currently occupied by the mall, he built African Film Studios, Johannesburg’s answer to Hollywood.

 

Daventry Court was probably the first multi-storied block of flats erected in Killarney in the 1930s.

 

By the 1960-70s, the status of Killarney had changed. It was no longer an area of choice for the forward-looking people. The average tenants were middle-aged or even elderly.

 

These days, Killarney is no longer the sparsely populated suburb it was at the inception of Daventry Court. There are almost sixty apartment blocks here.

Killarney has become more cosmopolitan. Though Pick ‘n Pay at the mall still has a large kosher department, the suburb has lost its predominantly Jewish character. Gone are the well-to-do ‘blue-rinsed grannies of Killarney’.

 

Since the early 1990s, the area has attracted the new multiracial middle-class, younger upward-mobile people.[2] What’s more, occupancy and ownership have become more fluid.

Nowadays there are only several people in the building who have resided here for more than fifteen years.

   

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