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  Bowling alley at the Big Hole museum, Kimberley
by CatherineReichardt

One of the most fun activities that you can undertake in Kimberley is to have a go at bowling in an authentic skittle alley.

In Kimberley's early days, finding activities to keep bored miners occupied in their spare time was a real challenge, as the usual pursuits - drinking and womanising - simply contributed to an atmosphere of lawlessness. Thus, the opening of the skittle alley and Barney Barnato's boxing academy (which has also been relocated to the museum) served an important role is providing a recreational outlet for miners and defusing some of the 'Wild West' atmosphere.

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  • Updated Jun 16, 2011
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