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From: "Rosemary Dixon-Smith" <>
Subject: Re: Rowan brick wall....
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2004 20:28:06 +0200
From the South African Gold Fields Emigrant's Guide (Archive CD books)
"The Komati Fields are close to the Swazi border and take their name from
the Komati River. Steynsdorp, the chief centre of these fields and now a
township containing nearly 500 inhabitants, is situated about 45 miles south
west of Barberton. The fields were proclaimed in February 1887 but mining
operations had carried on in the neighbourhood for nearly 18 months before
that, the quest for alluvial preceding that for quartz. The companies
already formed are legion in number but few of them have so far got
batteries to work."
(from the 6th edition pub in 1890)
Natal Ancestry Research
www.genealogyworld.net Maritime pages, Byrne passenger lists & others, 1820
lists, more lists from Robin Griffiths etc. Free access.
----- Original Message -----
From: Andy Boyd <>
Sent: Saturday, December 11, 2004 3:05 PM
Subject: 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