diamond fields, plural noun phrase

In historical contexts. Formerly with initial capitals. The diamond fields: The area near the confluence of the Vaal and Orange rivers, within the region previously known as Griqualand West, where diamonds were first discovered in 1866; the Fields, see field sense 2 a. Also attributive.
1871 The Jrnl 9 Jan.The Diamond-fields are, it is to be inferred, made British.
1873 Standard & Mail 4Rostoll’s Pont is now the best on the Orange River. It is nearest to Hope Town and the most Direct Road to the Diamond-Fields and the Transvaal.
1882 J. Nixon Among Boers 106The Free State has been better off by being deprived of the right of sovereignty. It could never have dealt with the unruly population at the Diamond Fields.
1896 Purvis & Biggs S. Afr. 143The ‘dry’ diggings were discovered, and the foundations of what have since become widely known as ‘The Diamond Fields’ were definitely laid.
1911 L. Cohen Reminisc. of Kimberley 17I caught..my first sight of the Diamond Fields.
1933 W.H.S. Bell Bygone Days 83The discovery of the Diamond Fields in Griqualand West in 1870 and their marvellous richness had made a vast difference in the prospects of the Colony.
1958 A. Jackson Trader on Veld 13The intimate link between ‘The Bay’ and the Diamond Fields, in the opening of which Port Elizabeth had led the way.
1973 S. Afr. Panorama Aug. 27The railway between Cape Town and the diamond fields was completed in 1885 and extended to the Witwatersrand in 1895.
1989 Personality 13 Mar. 38His brother had left for the diamond fields and he followed, full of hope for the future.
The diamond fields: The area near the confluence of the Vaal and Orange rivers, within the region previously known as Griqualand West, where diamonds were first discovered in 1866; the Fields, see field2 a. Also attributive.
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Hence diamond fielder noun phrase, one living and working on the diamond fields.
1911 L. Cohen Reminisc. of Kimberley 231In these early times Diamond Fielders, no matter their social position, were very independent and all white men on an equality.

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