13/08/2022

1892-3, Kimberley ZA – South African and International Exhibition

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1892 Kimberley

Name:South African and International Exhibition
Dates:8 Sep 1892 – 20 Jan 1893
Days:134 days
Venue:Public Gardens – 12 ha (30 acres)
Theme:
Exhibitors:
Awards:
Visitors:c400,000
Legacy:Lost £14,195 – which was covered by Rhodes.

Cecil Rhodes, the then Prime Minister of the Cape Colony, decided that the exhibition should be held in Kimberley, Griqualand West. It was held in the Public Gardens of Kimberley (now Queen’s Park).

1892 Kimberley venue
– on rear of silver medal

It was on a12 ha (30 acre) site, the event held in corrugated iron buildings.

The event was formally opened by Sir Henry Loch, High Commissioner for Southern Africa.

1892 Gold medal
– front featuring Henry Loch

There were art displays including paintings from the Royal Collection, mineral displays of diamonds, coal, crocidolite, diamonds, gold and silver, mining machinery, and sheep shearing equipment. Rhodes’ company De Beers Consolidated Minesco-owned presented an attractive display, which was later transported to the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition.

1892 guide

The event lost £14,195, but this was covered by Rhodes. The Fine Art Hall was used by the Kimberley Rifles and later used as a typhoid hospital during the Boer War.

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