This is Gold Fields Our history 1887-1902

Our history 1887 – 1902


Gold Fields of South Africa Limited is formed in London during Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee and an office is established at Doornfontein in Johannesburg.

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The company is renamed Consolidated Gold Fields of South Africa, with the purpose of mining the deep-level gold deposits of the Witwatersrand.

1894 – 1896

The Robinson Deep, Sub-Nigel and Simmer & Jack Gold Mines are opened, forming Gold Fields 'trinity' of mines, 'Faith, Hope and Charity'.


After an initial investment of £250,000 by Rhodes and Rudd, Consolidated Gold Fields is rated as the most valuable company in the world.

1899 – 1902

A number of Gold Fields' 'kommandos' support the Boers during the Anglo-Boer War, while the chairman, Lord Harris, is appointed assistant adjutant-general of the Imperial Yeomanry on the British side.


Cecil Rhodes dies leaving a £3 million estate.