This collection consists of photographs and various printed items. The majority of the photographs were taken by William Berry, date mainly from 1905-1922 and document many aspects of his life in Kimberley. Topics covered include shots of his home, the De Beer workshops, his voyages to England, his neighbours and trips to local sights. He regularly sent photographs back to his family in England and therefore many are annotated.
This catalogue was produced with the support of the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives.
William Berry (1864-1941) was born in Cornwall and his father was a tin and copper miner. William trained as an engineer in Birmingham before getting a position in South Africa. From c.1892 he worked for De Beers in Kimberley as Workshop Superintendent in charge of the mine's workshops. He was involved in the siege of Kimberley during the Boer War and directed the building of the Long Cecil gun. He was also a keen gardener, aviarist, and photographer. After retiring back to Cornwall about 1927, William died in 1941 at Looe.
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