Talk:Kimberley (Western Australia)
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Why does this place name have the definite article in front of it when used? This is unusual for a place name, yet is not addressed anywhere in the article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2602:306:BC7C:CE20:31B1:E91F:DDDD:753E (talk) 16:17, 27 November 2013 (UTC)
Below was written on this page and AFAICT this is a total myth even though a reference (unreliable) has been cited.
The region was named after the Kimberley diamond fields in South Africa.[disputed ] This was due to the two areas sharing a similar landscape.[unreliable source?][disputed ] The discovery of diamonds in the Kimberley region has subsequently added to the likeness.[disputed ]
I have since found that this has been here since 2009 - added 17:32, 22 July 2009 User:Shiftchange (add named after, ref) (undo) - I know what good work Shiftchange does (so absolutely no offence intended) and understand he has cited a source, however, you can't believe everything you read! I will be placing further information on the page that backs up my claim that this is a false statement from a dubuiously sourced book/article. My idea is to possibly leave part of this and incorporate it into "One of the myths, surrounding the naming of the Kimberley is..." etc. Any comment welcome.
KHS-Boab 11:56, 26 January 2012 (UTC)
- I support the idea of illustrating the variant etymologies - with good WP:RS - rather than any one version taking precedence - unless it is obvious that a particular source for whatever reason carries more weight... SatuSuro 12:17, 26 January 2012 (UTC)
- It seems if you Google "Kimberley "Western Australia" origin name", the sixth search result is a Google Book page showing that on page 196 of "Placenames of the world: origins and meanings of the names for 6,600" the region was named after John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley. So my 2009 addition is probably false. - Shiftchange (talk) 12:29, 26 January 2012 (UTC)
- Thanks for the positive feedback on this guys and yes it was named after John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley - Many have said it was named by Alexander Forrest, however it would appear that too is not correct from evidence I have found. I have some interesting snippets I have found about its naming which I'll add soon. Thanks again for support on this and pleased that it is not going to raise an argument. - KHS-Boab 13:08, 26 January 2012 (UTC)