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1860 in South Africa

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1860 in South Africa


  • 1 – The seat of the South African Republic (ZAR) government is officially transferred from Potchefstroom to Pretoria.
  • 4 – The Orange Free State signs a peace treaty with Moshoeshoe I at Wittebergen, near Winburg, ending the first Basuto War.
  • June
  • 26 – The Natal Railway Company officially opens the first revenue-earning railway line in South Africa, a 2 miles (3.2 kilometres) line from Market Square in Durban to the newly built Point station at Durban Harbour.
  • September
  • 17 – The Alfred Dock in Table Bay, Cape Town is officially opened by sixteen-year-old Prince Alfred, second son of Queen Victoria.
  • Unknown date
  • The first indenture of Indian workers arrive in Natal to work in the sugar industry.
  • The first telegraph service in South Africa starts operating between Cape Town and Simonstown.
  • The penny post is started in Cape Town.
  • Boer republics north of the Vaal River unite as the South African Republic (ZAR).
  • Births

  • 29 April – John Robinson Royston, soldier and farmer, is born in Durban.
  • Railway lines opened

  • 26 June – Natal – Durban to Point, 2 miles (3.2 kilometres).
  • Locomotives

  • 20 March – The Cape Town Railway and Dock Company takes delivery of eight broad gauge 0-4-2 tender locomotives for service on the Cape Town-Wellington line, which is still under construction.
  • 13 May – The Natal Railway Company’s first locomotive, the broad gauge engine "Natal", is landed at Durban.
  • References

    1860 in South Africa Wikipedia

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