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'Diamonds & Dust; Gold & Ganja' - Mining South Africa

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  • Stafford Parker (1833 - 1915)
    Stafford Parker was born in Maldon, Essex, England on 30 March 1833, the son of Stafford and Maria Parker. Before his move to South Africa, Parker appeared to have had an interesting life, being a sail...
  • James Benjamin Taylor (1860 - 1944)
    Born in Cape Town, J B Taylor was one of the Randlords who traveled to Kimberley after the discovery of diamonds, prospected in what was then the Eastern Transvaal, and was at the centre of events on t...
  • Dr Johannes Merensky (1871 - 1952)
    From Wikipedia ( ): 'Hans Merensky (16 March 1871 in Botshabelo – 21 October 1952 in Westfalia near Duiwelskloof) was a German South African geologist, prospector, scientist, conservationist a...
  • Henry Forbes Julian (1861 - 1912)
    Memorials of Henry Forbes Julian by his wife Hester Pengelly Name: Mr Henry Forbes Julian Born: Thursday 9th May 1861 Age: 50 years Last Residence: in Torquay Devon England Occupation: Me...
  • Barney Barnato (1851 - 1897)
    BARNEY BARNATO (21 February 1851 – 14 June 1897) Barnett Isaacs grew up in Whitechapel, the very poor East End of London in an area that was predominantly a Jewish neighborhood. The Isaacs f...

South Africa is mining country (it's also 'farming' country, but that's a different project :-)

Mining Greats


  • Wheatcroft, Geoffrey, 'The Rand Lords' The Men Who mAde SA, 1993
  • Roberts, Brian, 'Kimberley, Turbulent City,' 1976
  • Jackson, Stanley, 'The Great Barnato.' 1970
  • van Onselen, Charles, 'Masked Raiders', Irish Banditry in Southern Africa, 2010
  • online book "Diamond: Story of Man's Greatest Greed'
  • David Pallister, Sarah Stewart and Ian Lepper: 'South Africa Inc. The Oppenheimer Empire' *Epstein, Edward Jay, The Rise and Fall of Diamonds: The Shattering of a Brilliant Illusion, Simon & Schuster, 1982.
  • Gregory, Theodore, Ernest Oppenheimer and the Economic Development of Southern Africa, Oxford University Press, 1962.
  • Hocking, Anthony, Oppenheimer and Son, McGraw-Hill, 1973.
  • The Historical Monuments of South Africa
  • The Gold Miners of South Africa
  • The story of Barbeton

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