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TODAY IN KIMBERLEY’S HISTORY – 17 DECEMBER

17 December 1871, The diggers at New Rush go on a rampage, rioting and looting.
17 December 1934, Tony Harris (pictured) scores 114* on debut for GW vs OFS, 1934

Tony Harris Griqualand West Cricketer

Tony Harris

DID YOU KNOW

In 1916 the Green Point suburb (then known as a location) was described as follows.

“The location lies near the racecourse, between the Cape main line and the railway line to Bloemfontein. Present census in this location is 3000 natives, who are accommodated on 522 stands. In addition there are six shops, six recognised churches, and three recognised schools. The location is in three areas, which are known as Green Point, Mankarane and Flenters. Improvements include the planting of trees around the latrines, the fencing of the old and new cemeteries, and the introduction of a water purchase system at a tariff that amounts to halfpenny for from 4-6 gallons. Aside from the many tin and sack-roofed dwellings there is also a large number of mud-brick and corrugated iron dwellings. Some of the Houses are of a substantial character, roomily designed, and the tenants take pride in their appearance, as is evidenced by the little flower gardens and the stoeps adorned with the ubiquitous paraffin tin flower ‘pot’ Here and there a pepper tree, a cactus plant or a bed of mealies breaks the monotony.”

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