Game and Gold
Much of this story comes from the recollections of Henry T. Glynn, founder of Sabie in Mpumalanga, taking us from Cape Town to Mashishing, spanning over five decades from the 1830’s. Along with this family of hunters and explorers, we travel to the diamond fields at Kimberley and the gold fields at what was then called Lydenburg. We hear tales of the laager at Kruger’s Post, the herds of eland at White River, Sekhukhuni and his account of wounded amaSwati making their way home after a battle with the Bapedi, adopting a young Vatsonga child, one of twins, on the insistence of the baby’s mother, a man called Albasini, the discovery of gold at Sabie and many more. Through these stories we get a glimpse of a country teeming with all kinds of wildlife, with all the danger and excitement this offered. We also see something of how the different peoples lived, how they interacted with other, and how they were affected by the discoveries of diamonds and gold.