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The History

On 5 July 2003 the city name of “Kimberley” will have been in use exactly 130 years as it was gazetted on that date in 1873, although diamonds were discovered in Beaconsfield in 1869 and in Kimberley in 1871. It is hoped that the name Kimberley will remain for at least another 130.

Kimberley was the first city in the Southern Hemisphere to install electric street lighting and the first in South Africa to switch to an automatic exchange, and that it housed the country's first Stock Exchange.

  • Last visit to Kimberley: Aug 2002
  • Intro Written Jul 12, 2003
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