Mathers’ 1895 Railway Map of South AfricaSKU: 9250
Mathers’ 1895 Railway Map of South Africa
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57 x 76 cm sheet size
Sheet size 57 x 76 cm, map 44.5 x 48 cm, printed in colours, laid on archival tissue, blank verso. A railway map for 1895, published in a December 1894 issue of ‘South Africa: a weekly journal for all interested in South African and financial affairs’.
The map itself is credited to Stanford’s Geographical Establishment. The borders advertise steamship lines and equipment which would be useful to prospective ranchers, miners and other emigrants. The map shows proposed railway extensions north of Pretoria and to the west of boom-town Johannesburg, whose population had reached 100,000 within a decade of the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand (1884) and the founding of the town two years later. There is also a proposed extension to Salisbury (Harare, established by the British South Africa Company as a fort in 1890).