- 1970 (Accumulation)
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1 x archival box, 1 x foolscap box (see Scope and content for further details)
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Leake House, in the Boys' Prep is named after Charles Hobson Leake.
Charles Hobson Leake was one of the founding members of the St Stithians College Trust. He was a fellow Methodist of William Mountstephens and Albert Collins, the founding donors of the funds to purchase the Driefontein Farm portion and establish the College. Leake attended the Official Opening of the College and laid the Foundation Stone that is embedded in the wall of the Chapel facing the Chapel Quad. Leake served as Chairman of the Trust until his death in 1957.
Apart from all the work that he did for the College, Leake made a huge contribution to the welfare of the poorer citizens of Johannesburg. He established the Rand Aid Association to support the downtrodden and the aged and served as its Chairman for 30 years. This organisation is still extant today and serving the wider community. Boys in the College still visit Jordan House as part of their Community Engagement contribution. Details of his work with Rand Aid can be found in the documents in this online archive.
One of the Rand Aid buildings was named Mount Collins House in memory of his friends, our founders.
Leake's life and contribution is epitomised in one of the quotations included in his Album 1:
“He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much;
Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;
Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty or failed to express it;
Who has left the world better than he found it,
Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;
Whose life was an inspiration;
Whose memory a benediction.”
Bessie Anderson Stanley c.1905
Items donated by the family of the late CH Leake, founding Trustee College
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Items have been in the College archives since c1970.
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The Collection consists of 2 albums, a box of correspondence and a few loose printed items and photographs. These include:
1) Printed items, particularly those relating to the Rand Aid Association of which Leake was a longstanding chairman and Methodist Churches in Johannesburg. Some brochures refer to Mountcollins House, which was named after Leake's association with the founding benefactors of the College;
2) Monochrome photographs including formal portraits, family photographs and incidental photographs;
3) Newspaper cuttings mostly related to the contribution that Leake made over his many years of involvement in the College, in the Rand Aid Association and the Methodist Church as well as a few social occasions;
4) Artefacts include Leake's passport and cards used to promote his candidacy in a Transvaal provincial election.
5) Correspondence acknowledging Leake's contribution to the development of Johannesburg and the Rand Aid Association.
6) Original certificates and licences issued to Leake and dating back to 1896.
7) Documents of the Wesleyan Church Trust.
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Filed in series according to type;
All photographs and printed items have been digitised and are available through AtoM;
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Copyright St Stithians College unless indicated otherwise.
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Record created by MR 20220211