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Barkly West

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Barkly West
The Diamond Fields Region

Barkly West

The discovery of diamonds at Klipdrift on the Vaal River in 1869 drew thousands of prospectors. The area was renamed Barkly West in 1873 after becoming part of the Crown Colony of Griqualand West.

Renowned writer Sarah Gertrude Millin grew up in the district. Her father opened and operated a shop in Barkly West. One of the first towns to be affected by the diamond rush, the district’s economy is driven by stock and irrigation farming and mining.

 

What's On in Barkly West


Kelrn MTB Classic and Koeistal Christmas market.

Date: 07 December 2013

Kelrn Vervoer will be hosting the Kelrn MTB Classic on the 7th of December 2013 as a charity event for the benefit of the Jannie Roux Children’s Home. The route will consist of three distances of 12km, 30km and 60km. There will also be a 12km hiking trail to the Vaal River.

 

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Dams and Rivers

The Gariep Dam (previously known as the Hendrick Verwoerd Dam) is the large...