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1871    The first Private Postal Delivery Service
1877    The first professional training of nurses
1880’s The first rugby touring teams
1880    The first drive in bar
1882    The first city in the Southern Hemisphere to install electric street lighting on 2 September 1882. The Electric lights of Kimberley came on before those of London.
1883    The first Stock Exchange in South Africa.
1883    The first loose collar joints (wrought iron pipes) used.
1883    The first attempt to navigate the Vaal River
1883    The first industrial strike
1883    The first SA Permanent Building Society meeting and constitution.
1887    The first hospital chapel
1888    The first Professional meeting of nurses.
1889    The first modal village for employees.
1889    The first hotel with electricity.
1889    The first international rugby tournament in South Africa.
1889    The first meeting of newly constituted ruby board.
1889    The first president of the SA Rugby Board.
1889    The first to win the Rugby Currie Cup.
1889    The first to win the Cricket Currie Cup
1889    The first bowler to master the over arm off break.
1890    The first camera club.
1890    The first century in Currie Cup cricket.
1890    The first Cricket Association constituted.
1890    The first training college for Salvation Army officers.
1890    The first Seventh Day Adventist Church.
1891    The first in the world: State Registration of Nurses.
1891    The first matron of the new Kimberley Hospital: Henrietta Stockdale.
1891    The first touch judges introduces in rugby.
1892    The first international exhibition.
1892    The first electric tram
1892    The first Rugby Currie Cup Tournament.
1892    The first mayoral conference.
1892    The first registered nurse.
1893    The first medical Conference.
1894    The first registered nurse midwifery teacher.
1896    The first School of Mines in South Africa.
1897    The first successful Rinderpest serum developed by Dr R Koch.
1903    The first institute for part time technical instruction for apprentice.
 ?         The first city in South Africa to switch on an automatic telephone exchange.
1904    The first city or town to manufacture compressed bricks and terracotta ornaments
1904    The first conference of the newly constituted Poultry Association.
1908    The first use of the word “Africana” meaning things pertaining to Africa only.
190?    The first betram dyer of the Kimberley public library.
1911    The first public flight in the first South African built aircraft.
1912    First Woman trained as a pilot.
1913    The first flying school
1913    The first airplane accident.
1913    The first airplane purchased by the South African Government.
1913    The first ten pilots in the South Africa Defence Force.
1913    The first pilots in the South African Aviation Corps.
1926    The first industrial Council.
1928    The first diamond cutting factory.
1929    The first woman to play tennis without stockings at Wimbledon.
1931    The first official airport safety regulations.
1931    The first airport to install lighting equipment.
1931    The first night landing by a pilot.
1931    The first airport to offer 24 hour services.
1932    The first Municipal rest house an aero dome in Africa.
1934    The first National Air Rally.
1936    The first South African museums Conference.
1936    The first South Africa museums Association constituted.
1940    The first female municipal traffic wardens.
1954    The first State School for paraplegics.
1954    The first state school for physically disabled.
1965    The first twelve year old to hold a world record in the World.
1967    The first commando training unit.
1967    The first nation wide direct dialling telephones.
1969    The first Woman judge: Miss Justice Leonora van de Heever.
1976    The first housing scheme, Ipopeng in Galeshewe, for black employ.
1977    The first remote controlled ore trains in underground operations.
1980    The first South African to be elected to the world swimming hall of fame – Karen Muir
1983    First elected black town council: Galeshewe in South Africa. (30/11/1983)
1983    The First coloured priest to become a Bishop
1983    The first manufacture of self propelled overhead irrigation pivots in South Africa.
1992    The First City council to amalgamate all group areas.

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