Series 03 - Leake Collection: Documents box

1896 CHL Field Cornet certificate 1906 CHL Firearm licence 1907 - 1910 Wesleyan Church Trust record book 1922 CHL Certificate of competence to drive a motor car 1922 CHL Drivers licence- Bestuurderslicentie No: 28567 1937 CHL Licence to possess a firearm, 58852 1942 - 1947 CHL Financial ledger (Analysis book) 1943 Petrol Control permit 1955 Rand Aid Association letter to C H Leake 30th August 1955 1956 Johannesburg. Office of the Mayor letter to C H Leake 27th September 1956 Charles Hobson Leake Esq. J P [biographical notes] page 1 Charles Hobson Leake Esq. J P [biographical notes] page 2 Charles Hobson Leake Esq. J P [biographical notes] page 3 Chas. H. Leake Esq. J P [writing folder] W Hosken etc. [document] An adaptable friend [prose] Trust [prose]

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ZA ZAR STS 2022-004-03


Leake Collection: Documents box


  • 1896 (Accumulation)

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Documents including correspondence, certificates and licences.

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(1869 - 1957)

Biographical history

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

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Documents presented to the college after the death of Leake in 1957.

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Leake Collection: Documents box

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Most of the images are in the order in which they occur in the album.
The full contents of the ledger and the Wesleyan Trust file have not been digitised.

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Copyright St Stithians College unless indicated otherwise.

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Record created by MR 20220606




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  • Box: Box 5H/4/3