The Commonwealth of
South Africa
The Wimberley's of South Africa
     After the British seized the Cape of Good Hope area in 1806, many of the Dutch settlers (the Boers) trekked north to found their own republics. The discovery of diamonds (1867) and gold (1886) spurred wealth and immigration and intensified the subjugation of the native inhabitants. The Boers resisted British encroachments, but were defeated in the Boer War (1899-1902). The resulting Union of South Africa operated under a policy of apartheid - the separate development of the races. The 1990s brought an end to apartheid politically and ushered in black majority rule.
     The Wimberley family immigrated to South Africa from England in the late 1800's. Capt. Douglas Wimberley of the 51st Highlanders of Scotland was stationed in South Africa and India in the 1800's and his descendants are currently living in South Africa.