STRIKE ALBUM, Johannesburg, July, 1913

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29pp. + 3pp. adverts, adverts on inside covers and back cover, illus., map, oblong paperback, cover soiled and torn at edges, inside pages worn, Johannesburg, (1913)


Includes "The Story of the Strike", "The Casualty List", (there were 21 deaths of miners and bystanders), Johannesburg central district map of the "area of disturbance" and 14 pages of contemporary black and white photographs. In May 1913, the white miners at the New Kleinfontein mine on the East Rand went on strike. Mine management ignored this small strike and refused to recognise the miners’ trade union. The government did not consider the strikers' complaints or attempt to curb their aggressive behaviour until rioters set fire to Johannesburg's railway station on 4 July. Shop fronts were smashed and looting began almost immediately, especially in jewellery and gunsmith shops. The strike was called off after sucessful negotiations with the Chamber of Mines, Generals Botha and Smuts.