Barberton and Daisies

One Man's Opinion

Barberton. I spent a lot of time in that small town many, many years ago, visiting my Grandfather who worked on the mines.  Barberton is an interesting town from a historical point of view. As an adult I returned to that town often.

The flower is named after the town, obviously, but here are a few other interesting things about Barberton. The main attraction was…..Gold!

This is what put Barberton on the map.  James Murray and Ingram James first discovered gold in this area in 1882, pegging claims along the Noordkaap River. Soon the gold rush began, and eventually over 350 claims were pegged in the hills surrounding Barberton – including a sizeable gold nugget weighing 1.65kgs. The discovery of gold along the Greenstone Belt is the reason Barberton exists today.

In 1990 I joined a friend of mine that had just bought the Bougainvillea Hotel , renaming it…

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