Discover The Looted Gold Book

of Wellington Boer War volunteer, Thomas Watson Brown

The above painting of Thomas Brown is housed in the Archives New Zealand among 1500 other artworks as part of its national collection of war art.

'Soldier in a Landscape' is the only painting in the Archives New Zealand collection from the Boer War, and was painted by Wellington poster painter J McMaster in 1901

Introduction to Looted Gold

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Looted Gold explodes the myth of the missing Kruger millions with startling evidence that exposes for the first time the committed plundering of the Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR) by the political elite over a period of years.

The disappearance of the paltry amount of gold that left Pretoria in mid-1900 as President Paul Kruger retreated down the railway line towards Portuguese East Africa is placed in a context not considered in over 100 years. That gold has wrongly become known as the missing Kruger millions.

No one will ever be able to establish exactly how much gold and other treasure was siphoned out of the ZAR illegally during the turbulent period leading up to the declaration of war in 1899. Without doubt, the missing treasure amounts to billions of US dollars at today’s values.

For the first time, Looted Gold lays bare the role played by the Eloff family, key figures in Kruger’s extended family. New Zealand combatant Thomas Brown exposed the Eloff complicity in the seizure of illicit gold. His eye witness accounts are included in his unpublished memoirs and in Looted Gold.

The diligent gathering of scarce information from numerous sources will leave readers with little doubt that dark forces swirled around the tiny ZAR nation, the impacts of which are still felt to this day.

While the unstoppable brute force of British imperialism finally overcame Kruger’s oligarchic rule, other countries adopted a less confrontational and far more circuitous approach to entrenching themselves in the ZAR (and later South African) gold industry.

Switzerland implemented a clandestine strategy by insinuated seasoned gold experts into the ZAR with a single end game in mind: to set up Switzerland as the world’s foremost traders of gold. Read how did they set about achieving this goal?

Many highly relevant questions remain unanswered. Secrets abound. What was the value of illicit funds flowing out of the ZAR to secret bank accounts? Was that accumulation of wealth simply for personal gain or were funds channelled into the achievement of political stratagems? Who continues more than a century later to hide the enormous wealth gained by underhand means during Kruger’s reign?

As late as March 2021 a collection of 910 historical Kruger ponds and half ponds was bought by the South Africa Mint. Will more gold from the Kruger era emerge from hidden vaults in years to come? Who has kept that gold hidden for over a century?

The story that unfolds in Looted Gold will provide you with facts that have not been available until now. History is being rewritten. We invite you to read on and draw your own conclusions.

Chapter Title Pages, browse through some examples by clicking on book cover below.

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Chapter Headings

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Maps of the 1900's

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