sugar baron, noun phrase

A nickname given to a farmer (in KwaZulu-Natal) who has made his fortune from sugar cane. Also attributive.
1937 C. Birkby Zulu Journey 155Now you are in the land of the sugar barons, the old families famous throughout Natal as pioneers of planting and milling. Great wealth has been won from these silver-green fields that flash by below.
1951 O. Walker Shapeless Flame 191We are all masters of men here, whether one has a few borrowed pounds in one’s pocket, like me, or a sugar baron of which this town has a few.
1978 Sunday Times 5 Mar. 12Even sugar barons have to tighten their belts at the end of the month, it seems.
1982 Daily News 21 Apr. 1A member of one of Natal’s best-known sugar baron families.
1982 Pace Nov. 218Stanger..is the commercial centre of one of the richest farming communities in the world, built to serve the needs of the sugar barons and their employees.
1991 J. McClure Song Dog 63Natal farmers driving Rolls Royces...What did Grantham himself get out of this unusual liaison of the cop and the sugar baron?
A nickname given to a farmer (in KwaZulu-Natal) who has made his fortune from sugar cane. Also attributive.
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