Guest Column

2011

Snippets of a by-gone time, we share anecdotes and tales of early Johannesburg.

 

 

 

Joburg is ready for a raid

A motley crew joined Jameson on his ill-fated ride on Johannesburg. Instead of victory, the survivors were jailed. But they helped precipitate the war that overthrew the Boer Republic.

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Chasing gold: Three Georges and a lot of gold

Who really discovered the biggest gold reef in the world will forever be a mystery, writes Rod Kruger in the fourth part in a series on the story of the discovery of gold on the West Rand.

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Chasing gold: A girl with a dream

Edith Struben kept the home fires burning while her father and uncle mined the Reef for gold, writes Rod Kruger in the third part in a series on the story of the discovery of gold on the West Rand.

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Steam engine at Confidence

The mining display at the old Confidence Mine in the Kloofendal Nature Reserve is growing. An old steam engine has joined the stamp batteries, used for crushing rock in the search for gold ore.

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Chasing gold: Two brothers with confidence

They were so optimistic they had hit pay dirt, they named their mine Confidence Reef. It was not to be, but Fred and Harry Struben did not give up, writes Rod Kruger.

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Chasing gold: Archie Edgson’s wonderful store

On the way to find Dr Livingstone in deepest Africa, Archie Edgson was sidetracked by a flooding river and a beautiful woman. And the rest, as they say, is history, writes Rod Kruger.

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