Leslie Clarke Prophet.
In 1904 the Cape Colony belonged to
In1910 it merged with the Boer
Republics to become the Union of South Africa.
Leslie went to school at Bishops in Cape
Town and studied pharmacy at the University of Bloemfontein.
After he qualified he followed in his father's footsteps, and worked with William in the
chemist shop at 39 Harvey Road, Bloemfontein.
Leslie on his 10/12 Harley Davidson. With him is his
brother, Peter on a BSA.
Leslie on Naval Hill with view of Bloemfontein circa
Leslie, a soldier in the Second World War.
During the Second World War Leslie was posted to Egypt
where he served as a sergeant major.
Leslie was awarded with six medals.
The 1939 to 1945 the Star, the African Star, the Italy Star, the Defence
Medal, the War Medal and the African Service Medal.
met and married Joan Johnson in Germiston.
Hamburg, the Eastern Cape's fisherman's
paradise on the Keiskama River.
Not far from
the hotel, the river gushed out into the Indian Ocean so you
needed the long rickety jetties to accommodate for the high and
low tides. The background buildings on the far left were all part of the Top
Looking down the hill from the
The general dealer with it's enchanting smells of
things for sale was on the left at the bottom of the hill and
the entrance to the Bottom Hotel was on the right.
Fishing was Leslie's passion and
his favorite fishing holiday resort was Hamburg. Once every year
the family would be bundled into the car with boat and outboard
motor on tow for three weeks of fishing at Hamburg.
Leslie with fish caught on a line. In those days when you
went fishing you meant it.
WF Prophet & Co (PTY) Ltd, business established 1909, 39
Harvey Road, Bloemfontein.
The chemist shop in this photograph was built after the
second World War.
Leslie lived in Bloemfontein at 8
Peter Crescent, Bayswater.
This block of flats was built by Leslie and his brother in
The building was named Forfar Place, after the small town in
Scotland where their father, William Fodd Prophet, was born.
Article published in the Bloemfontein Friend Newspaper
when Leslie closed down the chemist shop in 1974.
Leslie moved to Cape Town to retire at St
James where he died in 1980.