FLETCHER FAMILY ARCHIVE. The Jura, Scotland - Southern African branch. Data and research notes for a family website. A work in progress. Compiled by N.F. This revised version: (30 April 2013) Aspects of the History of Copper Mining in Namaqualand. 1846-1931. John M. Smalberger. G. Struik (Pty) Ltd. 1975. For a coverage of copper mining in the NW Cape Colony, and in particular for matters concerning the Messelpad, this small book is of great interest. It includes material on Patrick Fletcher, one of the many players in this first South African mining saga, and details the many conflicting political and social factors of the the times on that early frontier.. Extracts from Sculley and others enliven a picture of this social melting pot and of the harsh conditions under which its people survived a longer season than that of its famous daisies.
The 'Blue Mine' - First mine of any kind in S.A. (Graham Ross)