Louis Pedrotti was born in England in 1863. He was married to Annie Pedrotti (1880-1936). He was a photographer living in Bulawayo in the Williams Buildings.
In 1902 his photos appeared in Ancient Monuments of Rhodesia. He also took a number of photos from the funeral of Cecil J Rhodes of which twelve plates appeared in The Late Right Honourable Cecil John Rhodes: A Chronicle of the Funeral Ceremonies from Muizenberg to the Matopos (Cape Times, 1905) and also The Graphic (1902). Further photos appeared in publications by John Muir, naturalist and champion of preserving the wilderness, around 1904.
In 1905 his photographs of Victoria Falls were featured in the Royal Geographical Society of London’s The Physical History of the Victoria Falls. Nine photographs were on display at the Society’s office in London between January-June 1905, presented by A J C Molyneux, a geologist with the British South Africa Company that visited Rhodesia between 1894-1900.
In the same year the photos also appear in the National Geographic. Philpott & Collins, either as sellers or publishers, a selection of postcards featuring these images. He also self-published his own albums. In 1914 his photos were published in Guide to Rhodesia: For the Use of Tourists & Settlers.
He died 18 September 1932 of liver cancer, his wife dying of breast cancer in 25 February 1936.
- Geographical Journal, Vol 18, 1901
- Geographical Journal, Vol 15, 1905
- National Geographic, No.16, 1905
Blue Gum Mine
Blue Gum Mine was located on the farm of Zhombe. The Blue Gum Mine was first worked in 1913 and 1914, when 243 ounces of gold were extracted from 1,250 tons of ore.
In 1939 a radio telephone was installed at the mine which was of benefit, particularly when the Umniati River flooded.
The Telegraph Office was in operation during the construction of the dam on the Ngondoma River, 5 miles (9-km) NW of Empress Mine in the Gokwe area.
- 1941.11.17 – Opened as Telegraph Office.
- 1962.01.12 – Closed.
No postmarks have been seen.
- Reports of the Chief Mining Engineer, 1939
- Rhodesia Geological Survey, Volumes 22-39, 1927
West Nicholson Gold Mining Co Ltd
The West Nicholson Gold Mining Co Ltd was registered 14 April 1898 to acquire 112 gold reef claims that formed the West Nicholson and Olympus Mines in the Gwanda District of Rhodesia, together with all timber, agricultural, water and grassing rights.
In 1905 the undertakings were acquired by East Gwanda Mines Ltd.
East Gwanda Mines Ltd
East Gwanda Mines Ltd was registerd 18 January 1905 to acquire the undertakings of the Geelong, Eagle-Venture, Jessie and West Nicholson Gold Mining Co Ltd. The property was comprised of 285 claims (gold, silver, copper) and machinery site of ten acres in the Gwanda District.
The principal properties were:
Work was concentrated on West Nicholson, Jessie and Valley, with the remaining three as tributes.
It was court ordered to windup in November 1912.
West Nicholson Mine
West Nicholson is named after Andy Nicholson, an early prospector who entered the country with the Pioneer Column and was responsible for mining exploration in the area. The gold mine is 7 miles (11-km) SE of Geelong on the banks of the Umzingwane River.
In 1898 the West Nicholson Gold Mining Co Ltd was registered acquired 112 gold reef claims that formed the West Nicholson-Olympus Mines. During 1902, Mr Huntley, a mining engineer, took over development of the mine and it was revealed the existence of three parallel reefs and the prospects of the mine were regarded as being in every way satisfactory.
On 31st October, 1902 it was estimated that there were 70,000 tons of ore in sight, valued at from 8 to 12 dwts. per ton, besides a vast tonnage of lower grade ore. Fifty extra stamps were ordered to be added to the existing 10-stamp mill.
In 1905, East Gwanda Mines Ltd acquired the undertakings of the mine from the West Nicholson Gold Mining Co Ltd. The railway line from Gwanda to West Nicholson line was completed in the same year. Mine milled ores were shipped by train from the Geelong and Jessie mines.
By 1908 it was a 60-stamp mill. There were about a hundred Europeans there, a resident doctor, a native hospital, and a hotel. The mine closed in 1911.
Forbes Rhodesia Syndicate Ltd
Forbes Rhodesia Syndicate Ltd was registered 21 February 1895 in London. In 1903, it floated the Dumbleton Gold Mining Co Ltd.
It was reconstructed under the same name in Rhodesia 8 March 1906 to acquire licences and rights granted to volunteers and others in Mashonaland and Matabeleland. In 1908 the undertaking of the Rhodesia Tributing Syndicate Ltd.
By 1911, the company owned three town stands in Bulawayo (one with house erected), and shares in mining companies and interests in mining claims in Victoria, Selukwe, Balla Balla and Bulawayo. A five stamp Chilian mill and cyanide plant were erected on the Veracity Mine.
The Antenior (Matabele) Gold Mines Ltd
The Antenior (Matabele) Gold Mines Ltd company was registered 2 March 1899. The company was created to work Antenior Mine and began doing so in 1901
On 26 January 1910 it was resolved to wind the company up voluntarily.
The Holton Land and Mining Co Ltd
The Holton Land and Mining Co Ltd was established in April 1895. The company was been formed for the purpose of acquiring 550 gold mining claims and 212,000 acres of land (known as Holton Estate) in Mashonaland and to develop the same for flotation by means of subsidiary Companies.
Holton Consolidated Co Ltd was later formed to take over all the properties, cash in hand, and assets of the company and amalgamate the company with the Mount Darwin Syndicate Ltd and Mount Cornwall Gold Reefs and Estates Co Ltd.
- African Review, Volume 19
- London Standard Newspaper (Monday, April 08, 1895)
- South African Mines 1895-96
- Truth, Volume 45
Rose of Sharon and Shamrock Gold Mines Ltd
The Rose of Sharon and Shamrock Gold Mines Ltd was registered 22 October 1900 to acquire two groups of mining claims, 139 in all, located on the Mavin gold belt in the Gwelo District known as the Rose of Sharon and Shamrock Gold Mines held by the Bulawayo Exploration Co Ltd.
In November 1900, 80,000 shares were offered for public subscription by the Bulawayo Exploration Co Ltd.
The company went into voluntary liquidation in 1911.
- Mining Year Book, 1911
- Register of Defunct and Other Companies Removed from the Stock Exchage Official Year-book 1973