Herbert Louis Krause, mining engineer, was the son of Professor Ferdinand Moritz Krause of the Ballarat School of Mines and Industries in Victoria, Australia. Herbert became an associate of that school, in the category mining engineering, in 1903. His father came to South Africa in 1901 and remained to his death in 1918. Herbert also came to South Africa, perhaps at the same time, and went to the Cape Colony. He passed the Survey Certificate examination of the University of the Cape of Good Hope in 1904. At that time he was already an associate of the Chemical, Metallurgical and Mining Society of South Africa. In 1905 he became a member of the Geological Society of South Africa and remained a member to at least 1919. He joined the South African Association for the Advancement of Science in 1916. In 1906 he resided in Roodepoort, but in 1912 prospected on the farm Mooifontein [presumably the Mooifontein diamond diggings near Bloemhof]. By 1914 he was associated with the New Rietfontein Estate and Gold Mining Company in Germiston, and in 1919 with the New Primrose Gold Mining Company, also in Germiston. During 1921-1951 he was involved in several court cases.
Krause participated in a discussion on Kimberlite dykes and pipes (Transactions of the Geological Society of South Africa, 1910, Vol. 13, pp. 49-53) and published "A contribution to the structural geology of the East Rand" (Ibid, 1912, Vol. 15, pp. 93-99).