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TODAY IN KIMBERLEY’S HISTORY 01 APRIL

UPDATED: 01/04/2019

1 April 1898, Rhodes becomes a shareholder in the Diamond Fields Advertiser.
1 April 1914, De Beers Director Robert English dies.
1 April 1989, Hugh Baiocchi (pictured) sets a new course record of 63 at the Kimberley golf course.

DID YOU KNOW

Hugh John Baiocchi (born Johannesburg 17 August 1946) is a South African professional golfer who has won more than twenty professional tournaments around the world.

After winning the SA Amateur in 1970, he turned professional in 1971 and spent his regular career playing mainly in Europe. He was a member of the European Tour from its first season in 1972 until 1993 and made the top one hundred on the Order of Merit for the Tour’s first nineteen seasons, including three top ten placings: 1973 (3rd); 1975 (6th) and 1977 (2nd). He won six official money events on the tour. He also competed regularly on the Southern Africa Tour during the Northern Hemisphere winter, winning several tournaments there and winning the Order of Merit in 1973/74 and 1978/79. He won the SA Open Championship in 1979.

As a senior (over 50) golfer, Baiocchi played mainly on the U.S.-based Champions Tour, where he has three wins.
Married to wife Joan and with two children (Lauren and Justin), he lives in Palm Springs, California. His daughter, Lauren, is married to well-known retired baseball player Johnny Bench.

He also designed many golf courses such as the Legend Course at the Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort in Mauritius, venue of the 2011 MCB Tour Championship.

(mostly from Wikipedia).

1 April 1898, Rhodes becomes a shareholder in the Diamond Fields Advertiser.
1 April 1914, De Beers Director Robert English dies.
1 April 1989, Hugh Baiocchi sets a new course record of 63 at the Kimberley course.

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Golf icon Hugh Baiocchi and his wife, Joan

DID YOU KNOW

The settlement of Modder River was begun shortly after the railway line reached there in 1885 and by the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War there were at least six hotels at what had become a weekend destination for Kimberley citizens. The Crown and Royal Hotel (pictured) is the sole surviving hotel.

One of the big battles of the Anglo-Boer War was also fought at the junction of the Modder and Riet rivers on 28 November 1899 – the Battle of Modder River, or as the Boers called it, the Battle of Two Rivers (Tweeriviere). It was at this battle that General Koos de la Rey introduced trenches into the Boer battle plans.

The British army of Lord Methuen camped in the Modder River/Ritchie region from 29 November 1899 until 16 February 1900, although it was used throughout the war as a British outpost.

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The Crown and Royal Hotel, Modder River

The village of Ritchie, a farming settlement, was originally called The Rosmead, possibly named after Lord Rosmead (Sir Hercules Robinson). In 1881 John Fraser offered plots for sale for the erection of buildings for what he termed “a retreat” for Kimberley folk, and by October 1889 it was called Rosmead Township. By 1912 the village had been renamed Ritchie – as there was already a Rosmead in the Cape – after the farmer who founded the town, one Hendrik Ritchie.

Both Modder River and Ritchie are incorporated into the Sol Plaatje Municipality.

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