A collective REPHOTO project
Dear Claude - delighted to see these enhanced pictures of the "New
Diamond Rush" as it was known from 1871 to about 1873 before becoming
DBCM under Rhodes' control. Question: Are the original pictures that you
have enhanced in sepia, but changed by you to black & white? I ask this
because I have a collection of original photos (now much
faded) in a folder that I bought on auction in Kimberley about 30 or 35
My photos are annotated in ink by the photographers, The Gray Brothers,
with dates. My collection of 15 photos is not complete with some missing
- according to the auctioneer at the time. A full Folio is to be seen in
the Kimberley Library archive.
I feel quite confident in saying that all three photos of yours when
compared with mine are of the New Rush mine at Colesberg Kopje, later to
become The Kimberley Mine same as the Big Hole. The other New Rush
digging took place over what was known as the De Beers Mine - this name
remained until the present time. This latter hole is the one being
filled with tailings from the re-treating the old De Beers' dumps. Your photos, by comparison with those of my collection can be almost certainly identified as being of The Big Hole in its earliest stages (1871 discovered).
I expect that the Kimberley Museum will confirm this. Any current day photographs will be unrecognisable compared to the original. I will try and obtain some from the area.