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William Humphreys Art Gallery

TODAY IN KIMBERLEY’S HISTORY – 06 DECEMBER

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6 December 1890, First ever golf competition at the Kimberley Golf Club.
6 December 1890, Dr JE Mackenzie sets the first golf course record of 98.
6 December 1952, The William Humphreys Art Gallery opened by Harry Oppenheimer.

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Harry Oppenheimer

Mr Harry Oppenheimer opened, or laid many foundation stones of, many buildings in Kimberley and the Northern Cape. One of the most illustrious of these, apart from “Harry Oppenheimer House”, is the highest graded art museum in South Africa, the William Humphreys Art Gallery, which was officially opened by Harry Oppenheimer on 6 December 1952 in the new Kimberley Civic Centre area. 

He opened the building after receiving the key to the main door from the architect Mr Cliffie Timlin.

“In establishing this gallery, not only do we have to thank Mr Humphreys for his generosity, but for the beauty and culture that he has brought to Kimberley and to the Northern Cape”, said Mr Oppenheimer. “We want to make comparisons between other countries and also other centuries. In this gallery, we will have this opportunity.”

 

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Inside the William Humphreys Art Gallery

Mr Oppenheimer continued, saying it was important that there should be a gallery of this sort. In the field of art, South Africa was somewhat isolated from the rest of the world, and Kimberley was isolated in South

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William Humphreys

Africa. It was therefore important that the gallery be looked after, and he hoped that the people of Kimberley would take it to their hearts and increase the popularity and scope of the building. 

 

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