This is not really an oil painting most would choose to live with, yet for as long as I can remember it graced the walls of my parents’ lounge.
No-one really wanted it when our family home was no more – except me. It has always held a special place in my heart for the simple reason that my Dad was working at the Cullinan Diamond Mine (then still known as Premier Diamond Mine) when I was born. In the background are the heaps of blue ground – non-oxidised kimberlite, igneous rocks associated with diamond mining. Yes, this is where the famous 3 106 carat Cullinan Diamond was discovered in 1905. In the foreground are helmeted mine workers walking to or from their shifts underground. You can see the timber structure of a mine shaft on the right and, of course, the large excavation from open-pit mining in the centre. This scene was painted by Noel Scholtz in 1949.