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Location: South-western Transvaal (View location on map)
Minerals Worked: Diamonds (alluvial)
Principal Mines: Various diggings in and around Christiana
In an attempt to control and alleviate land disputes over the diamond discoveries further down the Vaal River, the government of the Transvaal Republic established the township of Christiana on the farm Zoutpansdrift (salt pan ford). The new township took its name from that of Transvaal President's daughter. The first residential stands on the new township were sold in 1870. Two years later diamonds were discovered in the gravel of the Vaal River close by and an inevitable diamond rush followed. The productivity of Christiana's diamond bearing gravels was relatively short lived and after some time only a relatively few of the diggers claims were still being worked.
Postcard issues relating to this area include the following issues;
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|Card Ref. No.
|Diamond Diggings - Christiana
|Washing For Diamonds - River Diggings - Christiana
|Diamond Diggings, Christiana, Transvaal.
1) For further information and enlarged views of each postcard click on any one of the above images.
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