GOLD MININGSOUTH AFRICA.
Album containing 236 photographs, collodion printing out paper, most 6 x 9 inches, but with several panoramas to 5 x 31 3/4 inches, all captioned in ink below, also included is a photographically-reproduced map, 17 x 14 1/2 inches, 1903-04, half brown morocco, upper cover lettered in gilt: "New Kleinfontein Company, Limited. / Photographic Views of Construction of Installation of 200 Stampmill, Crusher Station, Engine Room, Steaming Plant, Cyanide Works, Headgear etc. 1903-1904 / Edward I. Way, General Manager.". Photographs generally excellent, although a few not properly fixed, final panorama with creases, some leaves loose, binding worn.
The original plant had been destroyed by the Boers in 1900, according to a 1907 report to the English Civil Engineers Journal by Edward Way, the General Manager of the operation. It was decided to build a new plant in a different location. These photographs in an album owned by Way represent the development of construction and manning of the new plant. The entire operation is shown in great detail with a full series of images on all of the areas listed on the cover, but also including images of the miners at work, the Chinese laborers being transported in, at work, and at leisure, the workers' quarters, the company offices and staff, and even the general manager's home.