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Van Gogh’s Brother Worked Near Germiston – Excerpt from The Unknown Van Gogh by Chris Schoeman

The Unknown Van GoghDie onbekende Van GoghThe Unknown Van Gogh by Chris Schoeman tells the personal story of Vincent van Gogh’s brother, Cornelis aka Cor, the young uitlander who found a home in South Africa.

Aerodrome has shared an excerpt from The Unknown Van Gogh, which is also available in Afrikaans as Die onbekende Van Gogh.

In the extract, Cor arrives in Johannesburg and starts working at the Cornucopia Gold Mining Company south of Elandsfontein (today known as Germiston). The labour was tough and noisy, and he found it difficult to keep up correspondence with his family.

Read the excerpt:

The work was hard and strenuous, and Cor was on standby day and night in case repairs needed to be done to any of the crushers, pumps or other machinery. He experienced constant interruptions to his leisure time, even on Sundays – conditions that were far from conducive to corresponding with his family, causing him to take as long as three days to complete one letter. The work was also extremely noisy, with the constant rinsing and crushing of the quartz. A visitor to City & Suburban Mine complained about the ‘deafening’ noise in the crushing battery during the extraction process.

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