Background to
"Children of the Mist, the lost tribe of South Africa"

In 1978 Scott Balson worked in the Barclays Bank agency at Umzikhulu while based at Ixopo in southern Natal. While there he heard about the Strachan and Co trade tokens - his interest in numismatics resulted in the publication in his first book "Kence, the trade tokens of Strachan and Co".

His interest in the Griqua people grew through his work at Barclays in Umzimkhulu and his interest in the token coins they had once used in the 1870s. This interest is reflected in the twist at the end of the book.

Over the last 30 years Scott has continued to collect books, documents, artefacts and coins relating the Griqua people while studying their history in great detail.

Image right: The original photo used for the cover of the book. Scott Balson met this Griqua while in Cape Town in the 1980s and told him that he would make him famous one day. The photo was taken in front of a bank with marbled walls and adapted by Scott for the cover of the book. Quest to find the mystery Griqua.

Through his extensive collection of over 150 books directly related to the Griqua he has been able, through groundbreaking research, been able to put together a comprehensive history of the people - filling in many of the gaps left before and clarifying some of the misreported claims that have become accepted fact.

In September 2006 Scott Balson, the author, presented a small number of presentation copies of "Children of the Mist" to key museums, family and friends. During this trip Scott recorded his historic visit and traced back the history of the Griqua people through their legacies - Griquatown, Kokstad, Kuruman, Danielskuil and Campbell.

As a result of his trip and feedback received from various museums he has been able to tweak the book which will now be released for sale in S Africa in October 2007.

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