I have a battered copy of the 1942 Cape Times Cape Town & Cape Peninsula
directory, listing Ayre St in District Six, and Ayres Street in Rosebank.
13 to 17 Ayre Street are described as 'Back premises', with no residents
13 to 21 Ayres Street are, in the style of the time, described curtly as
'Coloured', with no individual residents named.
Looking at the map, the 'Back premises' described as occupying 13-17 Ayre
Street appears to be the rear of the Rose & Crown Hotel located at 105-109
Hanover Street. I suppose it's conceivable that 16 Ayre Street was, in
fact, some part of the hotel, which was owned by Mr M Biall.
Probably not terribly helpful...sorry!
----- Original Message -----
From: Michael Butler <butlerm(a)mcmail.cis.McMaster.CA>
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 1999 3:21 AM
Subject: City Directories Question
Good evening all. If this question has been asked before, I
Around here, it used to be possible to obtain city directories, where the
listings were in order of address, and then contained information on the
residents. I think they were paid for by advertisers.
Was there ever such a thing for Cape Town or its suburbs? Alternately, was
there some similar source? Are they available for say, the 1920's and
1930's? And, as you might expect, I'm leading up to a request: if they
still exist, is it possible for someone to look up any information on a
No. 16 Ayre/Ayer Street? I'm particularly interested in the years from
1917 to 1934.
Any information or advice would be gratefully accepted.
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