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From: "Marielle Ford" <>
Subject: Re: [ZA-IB] Rowan brick wall....
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2004 16:42:40 +0200
Something tells me it might be Komati not Kemati, and lo and behold, google
offers us this: http://www.sntc.org.sz/sdphotos/1880s2.html
I also think it would be Steynsdorp not Steynsdorfe - translates as Steyns
town, STEYN being an well-known Afrikaans surname.
Also found this: "In the afternoon, a few miles beyond the Komati, they met
some people who had come from Steynsdorp,...." on
Lastly, "Pigg's Peak Early gold-mining centre, named after Willam Pigg
(1831 - 1902), English prospector and miner. He discovered a payable quartz
reef in 1884, on a mountain named after him. Today half a dozen disused
mines can be visited, plus ore-crushing plant etc. Town's economy based on
pine plantations since 1950s, currently boosted by construction of Maguga
Dam, 10 kilometres to the south. Nearby Barberton was founded on gold in
1885. Steynsdorp was named after Commandant Piet Steyn in 1886. It is
visible from Ngwenya Mines." from
Think that narrows down the location for you at least.
RESEARCHING: FORD, STRANSHAM, HAYTER, COPELAND, BRADFIELD, TARR, WILSON,
MALLEN, LINDORES, MARÉ, PHILLIPS, MIDDLEMAS, HOGG
----- Original Message -----
From: "Andy Boyd" <>
Sent: 11 December 2004 15:05 PM
Subject: [ZA-IB] Rowan brick wall....
> Hi all,
> Further to my previous investigations into my gggrandfather
Alexander Rowan I have now come across more information (another brick from
the wall has been removed...) on his whereabouts.
> According to records Alexander maintains he was a manager of a gold field
in South Africa, I have recently discovered that he was at Kemati Gold
Fields, Steynsdorfe, Pretoria from early 1883 til 1890 when he returned to
> Could anyone give me any information on this gold field? or the area
> I have tried Google etc to no avail.
> Many thanks