In 1880 a syndicate purchased the farm on which Warrenton stands today to produce vegetables to supply the Kimberley diamond diggings.
The farm lay on the banks of the Vaal River and was suitable for irrigation and vegetables which were in great demand by the diggers.
Diamonds were found in the gravels of the river in 1888 and there was a rush to the place. Mining continues today.
Created: Tuesday, March 3, 2009; Last updated: Sunday, November 1, 2015
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