Kitchin, Joseph (1861–1932)
In 1888 Kitchin joined the staff of the Financial News as a compiler of statistics, with particular reference to the South African goldfields. In May 1897 he took up a business career in the South African mining industry. As a businessman Kitchin established a wide reputation for his statistical compilations and came to be regarded as a leading authority on the statistics of precious metals. He produced numerous articles on the theme and provided evidence before the Indian Currency Commission (1926), the Committee on Finance and Industry (1930) and the Gold Delegation of the Financial Committee of the League of Nations (1930).