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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 and phil...
  • Sir Ernest Oppenheimer, SV/PROG (1880 - 1957)
    describes re Ernest: "His first wife, May Pollack, with whom he had two sons, died in 1934, and his son Frank died after a swimming accident in Madeira in 1935. He underwent a spiritual crisi...
  • Harry Frederick Oppenheimer (1908 - 2000)
    Harry Oppenheimer (1908–2000) Born 28 October 1908 and died at age 91 on 19 August 2000, Harry Oppenheimer was a leading South African businessman and one of the richest men in the world. His father ...

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

Mining Greats


(1906) Online version.]

  • 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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