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Papers of the Central Mining and Investment Corporation Limited


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Correspondence, share registers, reports, etc. relating to the activities of the Central Mining and Investment Corporation Limited in Northern Rhodesia, Southern Rhodesia, Kenya, Ethiopia, British East Africa, French Madagascar, Portuguese Africa (Angola and Mozambique), the Sahara, the Sudan, Bechuanaland, South Africa, Canada, Burma, China, Indo-China , Iran, Turkey, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Barbados, British Guiana, Trinidad, United Kingdom, Australia and Fiji.

Also, papers relating to other companies including the Magadi Sodo Company; the British South Africa Company; Wernher, Beit & Company; Rand Mines; and the Transvaal Consolidated Land & Exploration Company.


  • 1890-1966


84 boxes

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 412].
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MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 412

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 1165

Biographical / Historical

The Central Mining and Investment Corporation Limited was formed on the 9 May 1905. It was established by Wernher Beit & Company who, with their Johannesburg associates H. Eckstein & Company, had played a great part in the development of the goldfield discovered on the Witwatersrand, South Africa, in 1886.

The first Chairman of the Corporation was Sir Julius Wernher (Chairman, 1905-1912) and his colleagues included Alfred Beit (Director, 1905-1906) and Sir Friedrich Eckstein (Chairman, 1912-1915).

The Corporation, which was later called Charter Consolidated Limited, owned mining, industrial and commercial enterprises worldwide.


The records are arranged geographically: Africa, Canada, Far East, Middle East, South America, West Indies, United Kingdom, Pacific.

Other Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room and a handlist is also available for this collection.

Listed as no. 333 in Manuscript Collections (excluding Africana) in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, Supplement, compiled by Louis B. Frewer (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1971).
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom