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Location: South-western Transvaal (View location on map)

Minerals Worked: Diamonds (alluvial)

Principal Mines: Various diggings in and around Christiana 

Background History:

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.

The Postcards

Postcard issues relating to this area include the following issues;

"Thumbnail" Images   (Note 1) Card Title or Description Card  Ref. No.
pc104.JPG (118669 bytes) Diamond Diggings - Christiana PC104
pc103.JPG (146680 bytes) Washing For Diamonds - River Diggings - Christiana  PC103
pc105.JPG (128898 bytes) Diamond Diggings, Christiana, Transvaal. PC105


1) For further information and enlarged views of each postcard click on any one of the above images.

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