Herbert Rhodes (1845-1879) managed a cotton plantation in Natal, c1870, at first alone, then with his brother Cecil. Shortly afterwards, the discovery of diamonds at Kimberley, Griqualand West, north of Cape Colony, led the brothers to abandon their interest in cotton and take up prospecting instead. However, Herbert had already developed an active interest in pioneering, and in 1871 he gave over his part in the claim to Cecil. He was eventually killed in a shooting accident whilst pioneering in the Lake Nyasa area.
Typescript notes, with photographs, describing the grave of Herbert Rhodes, by V.L. Bosazza, 1978.
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