William Chads seems to have stepped straight out of Kipling. He was born in Australia where his father - a British army officer - was stationed. He followed his father into the army, served with distinction in the First World War, was wounded and awarded the Military Cross. After war service, Captain Chads began exploring a career in searching for mineral wealth. Gold in South America was followed by adventures in Africa. Here is a unique picture of European mineral exploration and a larger than life character - a story of survival away from official protection and sponsorship, where rugged individualism was key. Searching for African Prospects gives an important insight into a little studied facet of European economic imperialism.
Searching for African Prospects
Life as a Mining Engineer in Nigeria and Angola