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Seeking Johannesburg post office reference material

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Has anyone written up the history / operations of the post offices of Johannesburg, South Africa? I am trying to find any information available. It would appear that the main post office was in Rissik Street but at some stage it may have moved to Commissioner Street?

I am especially interested in the period up to 31 May 1961, when South Africa became a republic. The only info I could find on the web was this:

http://www.historicalpapers.wits.ac.za/inventories/inv_pdfo/A1132/A1132-C454-001-jpeg.pdf.

If anyone has a copy of Putzel's Encyclopaedia of South African Post Offices, are they able to show an extract of the Johannesburg entry here?

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I recall that when I visited Johannesburg in the early 1990s both POs existed. Rissik Street (opposite the city hall building) was a busy but smallish PO whose interior I vaguely remember as distinctly old/colonial.

The GPO on Commissioner Street (postcode 2000), by contrast, was a utilitarian, ugly, post-war (?) affair, much larger, with a long row of counters.

So it would make total sense that the city started with Rissik Street in its symbolic location, then opened a modern GPO on a busy main street when the former became too small.

In other words, Rissik Street would not have moved but downgraded from GPO to a branch post office.
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Thanks guys, very interesting and informative
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Hi Jeremy, I have Putzel's books, the Johannesburg entry is 14 pages long so I think that is too much copyright material to share. In that lot there is also a list of around 130 branches that fall under Johannesburg.

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Thanks Renzo. If it is out of print you can copy up to 10% of the book for research purposes
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