Vorna Valley


Vorna Valley derives its name from the Galaun family's home village of Varniai (Vornia), Lithuania. Jacob and Michelle, Father and Mother of brothers Joseph, Israel, Louis, Harry, Abe and sisters Leah, Malka, Tzira and Zira, lived in Lithuania. Jacob owned a butchery and leased a piece of land on which they kept cattle. Michelle came from a cheese-making family. The Galaun family sold cheese as well as milk to supplement their income from their butchery.

Many Jewish youths from Lithuania emigrated due to the military conscription, poverty and anti-semitism. Harry Galaun moved to South Africa where he established himself as an established property developer and owned a bottle store and land known as Halfway House. Harry eventually established the township of Vorna Valley in the 1970s.

Harry had one Son, Arnold, who died some 30 years ago and is survived by his widow Ruth Galaun and Daughter Renee and Son, Ivor. (Received from Michael Galaun, son of Abe Galaun in June 2016) Michael Cecil Galaun passed away on 23rd July 2016. Harry was a brother of Louise and Abe Galaun. Louise Galaun was not involved in the establishment of Vorna Valley.

The main arterial road was named after him, Harry Galaun. While other streets in the suburb were named after mainly South African artists, poets, writers, performers and influential people in the world of arts at that time.