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The city was founded in 1871 after a series of enormous diamonds were found in the area, creating a diamond rush.
Today, the city is best known as the location of the "Big Hole," an enormous diamond mine, as well as for other diamond mining ventures and businesses.
People Born in Kimberley
Kimberley in People's Lives
Rudyard Kipling: I traveled here in 1900 as a foreign war correspondant for a London newspaper, reporting on the outbreak of the Second Boer War. Though stationed in Bloemfontein, I traveled here to write an inscription for the Honoured Dead Memorial.