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DBCM Head Office on Stockdale Street with flag at half-mast in respect for Rhodes

TODAY IN KIMBERLEY’S HISTORY 27 MARCH

UPDATED: 27/03/2024

27 March 1902, Flags fly at half-mast in respect of the late Cecil John Rhodes.
27 March 1955, Johnny Nevin wins the Golf Club Championship for the fifth time.
27 March 2020, Unprecedented National Lockdown against Corona Virus begins at 00h01.

Pictured is the Death Mask of Cecil Rhodes, believed to made by the sculptor John Tweed. This original mask was stolen from the cottage at Muizenburg. Also pictured is the DBCM Head Office on Stockdale Street with flag at half-mast in respect for Rhodes.

KIMBERLEY IN MOURNING

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Cecil John Rhodes

Cecil Rhodes’ death at his Muizenburg cottage on 26 March 1902 stunned Kimberley, despite the regular bulletins issued daily on his deteriorating health. The simple announcement that ‘Rhodes is dead’ in the late afternoon of the 26th spread from the Kimberley Club to all the suburbs, the compounds, and the mines. That night “…Kimberley slept, uneasily with the sense of great disaster and of gloom heavily upon the city…the loss of Mr Rhodes was an irreparable one,” said the Mayor, H.A. Oliver.

George Green, editor of the Diamond Fields Advertiser, wrote that “The thoughts of all of us today are centred upon the man whom we knew so well…it creates a blank on the Diamond Fields which it is beyond the power of the pen to describe, but which is felt by every living soul.”

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Cecil John Rhodes Death Mask

“At the Club a group of men had gathered around the entrance gates. One took the telegram, opened it and nodded, with lifted eyebrows, to the others. Very quietly they all went into the lounge and swiftly the whisper spread. The shift coming off duty at the various mines stood shocked before the simple notice. As daylight broke, [on the 27th] work upon the towering headgears ceased, the endless procession of little trucks came to a standstill, the roar of the loading skips, the screams of the shift whistles, died away; the iron tongued clatter of the machinery ceased; shops were shuttered; flags hung half mast, listless and weary; slowly the buildings of the town commenced to wrap themselves in purple trappings of woe. Seldom in the history of Empire has the death of a great man been more honestly and whole-heartedly mourned than the death of Rhodes was mourned upon the diamond fields.”

UPDATED: 27/03/2023

27 March 1902, Flags fly at half-mast in respect of the late Cecil John Rhodes.
27 March 1955, Johnny Nevin (pictured) wins the Golf Club Championship for the fifth time.
27 March 2020, Unprecedented National Lockdown against Corona Virus begins at 00h01.

Nevin becomes the Golf Club Champion for the fifth time.

Johnny Nevin won the Kimberley Golf Club championship for the fifth time (fourth year in succession) over 36 holes. He returned a gross 156 for the day’s play.

It did look as though Nevin might lose his title when Murray Gardner finished the first 18 holes with a score of 77. Nevin was home in 80. Gardner could do no better than a gross 82 in the afternoon and Nevin, carding a score of 76, made sure of retaining his title. Gardner was runner up with an aggregate of 159 – three strokes behind the champion. Third was John Mullineaux with 163.

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Johnny Nevin

The B Section of the Championship was keenly contested and EM Lardner-Burke and LE McNamara tied for the title in this division. They both returned 169. They will play off later.

There was also a tie for runner-up between EH Cilliers, J Milne and J Tidbury with scores of 170. Cilliers returned the best afternoon score and won.

Owen Hendler, last year’s junior champion, won the C Division title with a score of 196. This was the same score that he returned last year. Clive Brown (194) and E Heubner (195) were runner-up and third respectively.

Generally this year, the scores were not as good as last year. Nevin took six more strokes to retain his title than he did last year.

Mrs Welham, wife of the captain of the men’s section, presented the prizes.

Best net morning: J Tidbury; runner-up: EM Lardner-Burke 68; best net afternoon, J Mullineaux 70; runner up EH Cilliers 71; best net all day, D Henderson 139; runner-up J Tidbury 144; third J Mullineaux 145.

Players who holes out in two were: J Tidbury, AE Weatherby, DA Harrison, J Atkinson, C Timlin and CP Timlin.

(Diamond Fields Advertiser Monday 29 March 1955)

 

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