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Statue of Danie Theron

TODAY IN KIMBERLEY’S HISTORY 21 OCTOBER

21 October 1871, Gladstone suburb in use.
21 October 1968, Statue of Danie Theron unveiled at Alexandersfontein.

DID YOU KNOW

That the De Beers suburb was first named Gladstone after the English Prime Minister of the time, the name being in use as early as 21 October 1871. By 9 November that same year there were 100 stands on sale at a cost of £14 each, the owners of the township being Ebden and Partners who had bought the land from the De Beers brothers. When named Gladstone, there was a lovely story in the Cape newspaper, the Standard and Mail, where a play on words changed the meaning to “Glad-stone”, meaning “Happy-diamond”. The name Gladstone has fallen by the wayside, being replaced by the name “De Beers”. Gladstone was generally accepted as the section south/west of Warren Street, while De Beers was north/east of the street.

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