Kimberley - But which one?

@Inlemay (16490)
South Africa
August 11, 2016 6:34am CST
The name of a Town . . . Lets visit up North First . . . . Kimberley, Norfolk; Kimberley, Nottinghamshire. They are the only two found in United Kingdom. Canada hosts only ONE Kimberley in British Columbia! United States have the most Kimberley's in the world: Kimberly, Arkansas; Kimberly, Alabama; Kimberly, Idaho; Kimberly Township, Aitkin County, Minnesota; Kimberly, Nevada which is apparently a ghost town; Kimberly, Oregon, unincorporated community - Not sure what the means, maybe someone in Oregon can shed some light on "unincorporated community"? Kimberly, Utah not quite ghostly but just an abandoned town; Kimberly, Fayette County, West Virginia, unincorporated community - here is that use of words again? Kimberly, Monongalia County, West Virginia, unincorporated community; and lastly - Kimberly, Wisconsin! Kimberley's all the way down under in Western Australia . . . . then there is another one - Kimberley Warm Springs, Tasmania. Kimberley - South Africa - this is the one I shall be visiting this week-end: Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa. Some very interesting FACTS if you like to read on. "Kimberley was the first city in the Southern Hemisphere and the second in the WORLD after Philadelphia to integrate electric street lights into its infrastructure on Sept. 2, 1882. The first Stock Exchange in Africa was also built in Kimberley, as early as 1881" "Kimberley has had a profound effect on the course of history in Southern Africa. The discovery of diamonds there, more than a century ago, proved to be the first step in the transformation of South Africa from an agricultural into an industrial country. When gold and other minerals were later discovered to the north, there were already Kimberley men of vision and enterprise with the capital and technology to develop the new resources." - H.F. Oppenheimer, 1976 - Even the Oppenheimer's made their Fortune on the Diamond Fields in South Africa. Interesting fact is that the Oppenheimer's were of German decent - 'born in Friedberg, Germany . . . Sir Ernest Oppenheimer (22 May 1880 – 25 November 1957) was a diamond and gold mining entrepreneur, financier and philanthropist, who controlled De Beers and founded the Anglo American Corporation of South Africa.' His son . . Harry Oppenheimer's early life as wikipedia explains, is quite remarkable for someone in SA - "born to an assimilated Jewish family of German origins in Kimberley, the original centre for diamond mining in South Africa, and lived most of his life in Johannesburg. He converted to Christianity when he married his wife. After completing his primary schooling in Johannesburg, he attended Charterhouse School in England, before going on to study at Christ Church, Oxford University, graduating in 1931 in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. When he married his wife Bridget , he chose to enter the Anglican Church, but remained a supporter of Jewish causes during his entire life. He authorized the flow of diamonds to Israel's important diamond-sorting and diamond-cutting industry." He was said to be one of the RICHEST men in the world . . . we are aware that his son is now the richest man in South Africa. So just a little bit of the place I am going to visit this week-end - Full of history; museums and art works. We took the New Yorker there on our way to the Cape last year . . . He was impressed that it was the LARGEST MAN MADE HOLE in the WORLD! That's a FACT! This will be a great postcard sending opportunity for me so watch the mail box everyone - If you want to read about the wonder rescue of a DOG in the Big Hole follow the link:
Good Morning - I have this song buzzing in my head this morning 'Wake me up' by Avicii, BUT in actual fact I dont want anyone to wake me up quite yet as I am...
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@WorDazza (9888)
• Manchester, England
11 Aug 16
I take issue with the statement that the only Kimberleys in the UK are in Norfolk and Notts. I once spent a lovely weekend in a Kimberley in Newcastle. Oh hang on!! You're talking about places aren't you? Sorry!! As you were!!!
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@Inlemay (16490)
• South Africa
11 Aug 16
YOU are such a naught boy! in a Kimberley rather than with one - ai ai ai as we would say in Afrikaans - no holding you back!!
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@WorDazza (9888)
• Manchester, England
11 Aug 16
@Inlemay ai ai ai. I like that one. I think I'll start using that and claim I can speak Afrikaans.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
11 Aug 16
I know the Kimberley that you refer to and agree entirely.
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@BelleStarr (37092)
• Portland, Connecticut
11 Aug 16
It seems as though Kimberly is a great place to visit and that there are certainly a lot of them. I have never visited any Kimberlys ever!! lol
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@Inlemay (16490)
• South Africa
11 Aug 16
well you have the pick of the lot in the USA however some are very ghostly
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@BelleStarr (37092)
• Portland, Connecticut
11 Aug 16
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@Ceerios (4756)
• Goodfellow, Texas
11 Aug 16
@Inlemay - You are a real jewel. You write Kimberly so limberly.
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@Inlemay (16490)
• South Africa
18 Aug 16
the Kimberley I write is limberly written with Kimberly with an "e"
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@Ceerios (4756)
• Goodfellow, Texas
18 Aug 16
@Inlemay - Friend Inlemay - Someone likeLY told you that I was really o-l-d and easily confused.
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@Inlemay (16490)
• South Africa
18 Aug 16
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@simone10 (21670)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Aug 16
I never knew there were any cities/towns named Kimberly. That is my daughter-in-law's name so I will have to tell her about it.
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@Inlemay (16490)
• South Africa
11 Aug 16
I know many girls with the name Kimberley - now i know of many towns names that as well
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@simone10 (21670)
• Louisville, Kentucky
12 Aug 16
@Inlemay So do I! I love learning new things every day. That is why I love myLot so much.
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@just4him (110171)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
21 Aug 16
Unincorporated means that the town isn't large enough to have a governing body - mayor, police department and so forth. It's a very small town, no more than a few houses or streets. My mother grew up in Kimberly, Wisconsin. It's a nice sized city and very pretty. You have a lot of great info on Kimberley, SA. I had heard of the Oppenheimer's, but didn't know where they were from other than originating somewhere in Germany.
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@Inlemay (16490)
• South Africa
21 Aug 16
so glad I could share with you
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@Jessicalynnt (47790)
• Centralia, Missouri
12 Aug 16
often a 'town' not big enough to be a town, they have a name, an identity, but prob no post office, or city hall, etc
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@Inlemay (16490)
• South Africa
18 Aug 16
that makes sense
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@Tampa_girl7 (24922)
• United States
11 Aug 16
I have known a few folks named Kimberly, but have never been anywhere with that name
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@Inlemay (16490)
• South Africa
18 Aug 16
many a girl is called Kimberly here in SA as well, but the Kimberley town has been here longer and has a lot more fame
@Corbin5 (100138)
• United States
11 Aug 16
Off to take a look at that big hole! Thanks for the link.
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@Inlemay (16490)
• South Africa
18 Aug 16
enjoy watching the BIG HOLE
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• New Delhi, India
11 Aug 16
What is kimberley?
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@Inlemay (16490)
• South Africa
11 Aug 16
The name of a TOWN
@Raj7779 (2924)
• Ahmednagar, India
11 Aug 16
Nice one.so beautiful picture
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@SophieY (857)
• South Africa
23 Aug 16
Was there a few months ago - great viby place