17. MARSHALL'S BOOK114

Alex Marshall had a camera with which he took several photos of the Boers at Pilgrim's Rest. After the war he took his photos to Turnbull & Sons, Photographers, Jamaica Street, Glasgow in Scotland115 to be developed. He published it in a book, Photos of Boer Commandos taken at Pilgrim's Rest. One of the photos in the book is the well-known photo of the mint team posing at the small punching machine. The big machine that was mainly used was too heavy to be carried out into the sun for a photo.

 
PJ Kloppers; Sixpence an employee of the TGME; WG Reid; AEG Pienaar;
Dick Graham. Absent: MJ Cooney
 

The photo was presumably taken during the first week in June, after peace was declared. Cooney is not on the well-known photo of the members of the Field Mint, because he had had to flee before the British military police could arrest him on charges of spying on the British troops, giving a Boer named Kraemer an electric battery for firing dynamite and as he had made a bomb for General Viljoen with which the bridge over the Spekboomriver was blown up.116




114Marshall, Alex: Photos of Boer Commandos taken at Pilgrim's Rest during the war.

115Marshall Alex, letter addressed to Colonel Sergeant 13 November 1902.

116TAB SS R331/1900

 
  INDEX
   
1. Introduction
2. Background
3. Pilgrim's rest
4. Contemplating the making of gold pounds
5. Permission for establishing a government mint
6. ZAR field mint at Pilgrim's rest
7. Workshop and machines
8. Process of making veldpond
9. Cabinet ministers visited Pilgrim's rest
10. The mint commission
11. Final product
12. Medals awarded
13. Veldpond as a reminder
14. How many veldpond were minted?
15. Mining property left behind in excellent condition
16. The last time the dies were used
17. Marshall's book
18. Diorama of the field mint at the empire exhibition 1936
19. Conclusion
20. References