Leslie Clarke Prophet.

My father.

In 1904 the Cape Colony belonged to Britain.

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 1930.

 

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.

 

 

Leslie 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 Hotel complex.

Looking down the hill from the Top Hotel.

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 1964.

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.