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Melrose House is named after the famous Melrose Abbey in Scotland. It was built in 1886 by Pretoria businessman George Jesse Heys.
Today this elegant house museum stands as a superb example of the transition of Victorian to Edwardian architectural styles and interiors. Inside, the museum is characterised by colourful stained glass windows, paintings by English artists, carpets in rich colours, ornate ceilings and fireplaces, as well as valuable porcelain ornaments, which mostly belonged to the Heys family.
Lord Roberts requisitioned Melrose House as headquarters of the British forces, after the invasion of Pretoria in June 1900. Instructions were issued from here for more than 18 months, determining the strategy of the British forces in the field. The Peace Treaty of Vereeniging which ended the Anglo-Boer War (1899 - 1902) was signed in Melrose House on 31 May 1902.

Address: 275 Jacob Maré Street, Pretoria
Phone: (+27) 12 322 2805
Website: http://www.gauteng.net/attractions/melrose_house_museum

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  • Written Oct 13, 2007
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