Gustav Imroth

29 June 1862 – 10 October 1946

Gustav Imroth was a minor Randlord who played a role in the development of the South African diamond-mining industry and sports.

He was born in Friedberg, Germany in 1862 into a Jewish banking family, travelled first to London in 1880, where he was naturalised British, and then in 1984 to South Africa.

Arriving in Kimberley, South Africa, he worked in the diamond industry for Dunkelsbuhler and Company alongside his cousins Louis Oppenheimer and Fredrich Hirschhorn. Gustav Imroth later represented Barnato Brothers in their dealings with the diamond syndicate (later De Beers), working closely with Solomon Joel and Imroth’s first cousin, Ernest Oppenheimer.

He helped found the Johannesburg Consolidated Investment Company Limited (“Johnnies”) and was its managing director from 1911 to 1920, after which he retired to London.

An amateur boxer, keen supporter of South African sports and founder member of the sss, Gustav Imroth was a boxing umpire in the 1908 London Olympics and served as chairman of the Olympic Games Committee.

The Wanderers Club

He married his maternal first cousin Florence Hirschhorne (1871-1974) in London in 1893. They had three children: Leslie (1896-1918), Freda (1899-1960) and Alice (1903-1992).

His eldest son, Lieutenant Leslie Imroth of the 11th Hampshire Regiment died in 1918 of wounds sustained during the Great War.

Gustav Imroth died on 10 October 1946 at the age of 84.

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