General Christiaan Hendrik Muller (Chris)
He was born in 1865 and moved to the Transvaal in his teens and to the Rand in his twenties. He saw service during the Jameson Raid. He fought with distinction during the Boer War where he rose through the ranks. He succeeded General Ben Viljoen and, on his arrival at Pilgrim’s Rest, during March 1902, Field Cornet AEG Pienaar told him that the Commando was in possession of gold to the value of £500. He also informed the General of the possibility of manufacturing gold coins in the mine’s workshop. Muller was impressed and immediately took steps to obtain permission for this venture from the acting president of the ZAR, Schalk W Burger and the ZAR Executive Committee (Cabinet). General Muller gave the order that, in the meantime, more gold should be scraped. A small amount of alluvial gold, bought from local diggers, was also added. No bar-gold was used for the Veldpond. At Helvetia, he captured the gun called Lady Roberts. He was a Bitter Ender and took part in the peace negotiations. He worked in banking and joined the rebel cause in 1914 when he was wounded and sentenced to a goal term of 2 years.
He was elected to Parliament in 1920 and died in 1945.