Barkly West, Northern Cape

Barkly West is a town situated adjacent to Kimberley in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. It was established as "Klip Drift" in 1869, but after the discovery of diamonds, it was absorbed into the Colony of Griqualand West and changed its name to Barkly West. Like Barkly East, the town is named after Sir Henry Barkly, governor of Cape Colony from 1870-1877.

Renowned writer Sarah Gertrude Millin grew up in Barkly West and her father opened the first shop in town.

Cecil Rhodes held the seat of Barkly West in the House of Assembly of Cape Colony until his death in 1902.

ee also

*Barkly East

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