Talk:Kimberley (Western Australia)

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Definite Article[edit]

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)


The Kimberley was not named after the Kimberley Diamond fields in Africa. KHS Boab 09:35, 26 January 2012 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by KHS-Boab (talkcontribs)

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.[citation needed][disputed ] This was due to the two areas sharing a similar landscape.[1][unreliable source?][disputed ] The discovery of diamonds in the Kimberley region has subsequently added to the likeness.[citation needed][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)


  1. ^ Kennedy, Trevor (1982). Australia's Beautiful Coastline. Sydney, New South Wales: Australian Consolidated Press. p. 47. ISBN 0949892068. 

Save the Kimberley campaign[edit]

I have added a section on this campaign, as I believe that it has been a very significant development that involves the region.--Soulparadox (talk) 15:59, 6 October 2012 (UTC)

Kimberley Plan[edit]

In my opinion there should be some kind of reference for the Kimberley Plan. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:09, 6 May 2017 (UTC)

I've added it to the "See also" section, but feel free to add some appropriate text to the article. Mitch Ames (talk) 06:13, 7 May 2017 (UTC)