Eglin and Wells Families

The Wells and Eglin families played a major role in the life of Pinelands from the early years. Major Frank Wells moved into 12 Meadway in 1922.   Frank’s brother-in-law, Carl Eglin and family moved in next door at 10 Meadway in 1923.  The houses were named Wellesley and Caronel respectively.  WELLS FAMILY  Frank Wells, also known as Bolshie …

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Vera Jenkins

Vera Jenkins was a well known character in Pinelands for her cheery disposition, always referring to herself as “old doll”. Residents always looked forward to her cheeky somewhat irreverent poems about Pinelands and life in general at public meetings of the Ratepayers Association. Even her closest friends acknowledged she was eccentric. Vera and her husband, …

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Howard and Stuttaford

Two unlikely men met during 1917 in Letchworth, England which directly led to the founding of Pinelands, the first Garden City in South Africa. Ebenezer Howard was an urban planner and inventor. Richard Stuttaford was a South African politician, philanthropist and businessman. Howard, living in Stamford Hill, was an unassuming person and in the words …

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