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Johannesburg, Witwatersrand, Transvaal, 1886 - 1887

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/82

Scope and Contents

192 x 125 mm. Showing the city of Johannesburg in its early stages, with single-storey buildings and tents on the Witwatersrand ridge. A photograph probably taken in 1886-7 during the first year of the city's life. Surface gold was discovered on the Witwatersrand in 1884 but it was not officially declared an open mining area until 1886.


  • Creation: 1886 - 1887


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Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition.

Existence and Location of Copies

CN 1927.



Finding aid date

2004-07-26 11:40:12+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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