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 Hondeklip Bay Chapter. 1 2 3 4 5

Early Images of Springbokfontein and Hondeklip Bay . 6 7

[Hondeklip Bay chapter, and images by kind permission of Struik Publishers.]

All original material copyright of its owners. Copyright © Neil Fletcher 2007-2013

The 'Blue Mine' - First mine of any kind in S.A. (Graham Ross)