Kimberley/Kimberlies/ Kimberlys

Submitted: Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 12:48
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Its obvious I've little to do today.
But why do we say "The Kimberleys" when its Kimberly? We say "The Flinders" because its a range of mountains small but a range never the less. We don't say "We're going to the Simpsons or the Pilbaras.
See I told you I had little to do.
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Reply By: Rosco - Qld - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 13:01

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 13:01
I don't know Blackie, but whilst you're pondering that little conundrum, perhaps you could find out ..... Why is "bra" singular and "panties" plural ??

........ ;-))

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Reply By: Squizzy - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 13:07

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 13:07
Hey Blackie,

Slap me if I'm wrong, but there are the East and West Kimberley, there are the Northern, Central and Southern Flinders, and the official name for them is the Flinders Range. Named after Mathew Flinders.

But there is only one Simpson and one Pilbara that I am aware of.

Geoff.
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Reply By: The Explorer - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 13:08

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 13:08
Are you sure its not "The Kimberley"

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Follow Up By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 13:26

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 13:26
Yep, should be "The Kimberley"
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Reply By: Blackie - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 13:25

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 13:25
The maps that I've just looked at call it Kimberely no "The" and no plurals.
Ther's North Melbourne and South Melbourne too and I don't visit The Melbournes"
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Reply By: Trekkie (Member - WA) - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 14:15

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 14:15
Blackie
I own a Kimberley - If I owned two what would I have 2 Kimberley - 2 Kimberlies - 2 Kimberleys or just plain lucky.
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Follow Up By: Member - John L G - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 15:01

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 15:01
Really!!!!!!!!!!!!

Must be the last one in existence?????????.

I brought one new years ago and the bloke from the RAC reckoned that they made them so comfortable in the build so as to provide a nice waiting environment for the tow truck....................
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 18:06

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 18:06
My dad owned a Kimberley and he reckoned it was good and comfortable. I thought it drove like a slug.
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Reply By: Willem - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 14:34

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 14:34
Not sure where the name came from but there is a city in South Africa with the name of Kimberley. Named after the geological formation Kimberlite (which normally contains diamonds).

Go to Site Link for more info

The Kimberley is named so on the Hema Road Atlas so I take their word for it. Most likely also after Kimberlite as diamonds are mined in great quantity out there.

There used to be a bloke here on the forum a couple of years back who would go ape when someone mentioned 'The Kimberlies'......LOL
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Follow Up By: Blackie - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 16:21

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 16:21
Natmaps have it as Kimberley no "The". Other references have a "the " Kimberely no capital letter so I would gather not part of the name.
Kimberely as a girls name is old English for 'from the meadows"

I'll make sure I have a more productive day tomorrow.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 20:49

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 20:49
G'day Willem,

Have a good trip, back into the desert/s. Weather should be good, albeit cold.

Worked in the the Kimberley/s, in late 60's, early 70's, for about 6 years, and we always called them the Kimberleys. But we were only in our 20's then, and not politically correct, and probably foul-mouthed as well!

Yeah, remember that bloke on EO, think he was a doctor, but he did have some bloody good photos on his page.

Let us know how the trip goes, as you progress, Willem, if time permits. Linda and I are off to Kakadu, mid July to see the daughters, for a fortnight. Be good to see that country, at a different time of the year.

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Reply By: Member - Matt- Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 23:14

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 23:14
When reading some of the great books available about the West Australian gold fields and rushes,I've noticed some of the early prospectors would refer to places, for example; We were heading to Pilbara, or trying our luck in Kimberley. However other places like Cue were refered to as The Cue, or, "We were heading to The Southern Cross" I assume the latter examples are because the places were known as the rush name before it were a town. With regard to The Kimberley, I reckon it is an abrieviation of the phrase "The Kimberley Region" though I still think of it as plain old Kimberley
Thats my two cents worth...
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Nullagine) - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 13:32

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 13:32
Kimberleys as there is an east and west ame as you dont visit the goldfeild becase there is a eastern northern etc making it the goldfields
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Follow Up By: Blackie - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 14:44

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 14:44
Maps say "Kimberely"
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