Pilgrim's Rest by Elizabeth Kendall

Pilgrim’s Rest
Mpumalanga, SOUTH AFRICA.
Pilgrim’s Rest is a historical gold-mining town. In the year 1873, the digger Alec Patterson was roaming the densely forested hills, all the while pushing a wheelbarrow with his belongings. At a place later called “Pilgrim’s Creek” he got lucky. He saw big lumps of gold shimmering in the clear water. Full of joy he exclaimed “The pilgrim can rest!” Soon thereafter, the gold rush started. Diggers from all over the world flocked to Pilgrim’s Rest and settled along the river. The town developed rapidly.

Pilgrim’s and Sabie News:The first locally printed newspaper to be circulated on the Pilgrim’s Rest Goldfields was the ‘Gold News’ on 24 January 1874. Shortly after it was first published, an Irishman, W.J. Phelan, became the new editor and he changed its name to ‘Goldfields Mercury’. In 1910 the first ’Pilgrim’s and Sabie News’ was published with T.W.S. Craig as its editor. The original premises of the paper which was situated between the present building and the Pilgrim’s Hotel was totally destroyed by fire some time between 1916 and 1919. Subsequently the printing works was moved to its present site. This building was originally a private residence constructed during the late 19th century. (Pilgrims Rest History)

Pencil, pen and ink and waterpaint on Water colour Paper. Inspiration taken from Wilna Rautenbach, who sketched many old buildings in Pilgrim’s Rest.

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  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 4 years ago

    What a lovely story as to how the town’s name came about Liz! Fascinating! And a really beautiful sketch to go with it! Absolutely love the Blue gums in the back-ground!

  • Thanks Maree! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maureen Grobler
    Maureen Groblerover 4 years ago

    Beautiful! You sure are an artist…

  • Smile!! Thanks Maureen. x

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • LBrammer
    LBrammerover 4 years ago

    Great work Liz! :-)

  • Thanks so much Linda!!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 4 years ago

    This brings back memories of school trips. Great work.

  • Thanks Andrea for your lovely comment!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • craftloft
    craftloftover 4 years ago
  • Thanks Mariaan, I also love this place!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 4 years ago

    lovely done

  • Thanks so much Antanas, also for adding it to your favourites!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Helen-Marie Rust
    Helen-Marie Rustover 4 years ago

    Great work!

  • I appreciate your kind comment so much, thank you Helen!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Blended
    Blendedover 4 years ago

    in Hand Painted or Drawn Buildings and Architecture, Congratulations!

  • Thank you so much Blended!! ;-)))

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on this feature Liz! One of my favourite watercolours of yours!!

  • Thanks a million!! x

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • citywind
    citywindover 4 years ago

    Cute very cute…..in all sorts of way….and congrats on the feature!

  • Thank you so much!! Appreciation.

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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