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1873 in South Africa

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1873 in South Africa


  • 1 – The use of Dutch is officially allowed in the Cape Colony's parliament.
  • 14 – The Ohrigstad area in the Lydenburg district of Transvaal is proclaimed as a public gold field after the discovery of gold in the Selati River.
  • June
  • 5 – New Rush is renamed Kimberley.
  • August
  • 20 – Prime Minister John Molteno begins construction of the new Cape Eastern railway line from East London.
  • December
  • 4 – The HMS Challenger, on its worldwide marine research expedition, is officially welcomed in Cape Town.
  • Unknown date
  • Griqualand West is established as a separate British colony
  • In the Cape Colony, a massive increase in public works leads to a large and sustained influx of immigrant labour over the ensuing years.
  • The University of South Africa is founded in Cape Town, as the University of the Cape of Good Hope.
  • The Cape Government establishes the first district boarding schools to educate children from rural areas. Education is also standardised at the Cape and moved away from purely rote learning.
  • The town of East London is officially established through the proclaimed merger of the three settlements of Panmure, East London and East London East.
  • Warmbad is established as Hartingsburg at the hot springs north of Pretoria.
  • Births

  • 13 August – Cornelis Jacobus Langenhoven, playwright, poet, journalist, politician and author of the South African anthem "Die Stem van Suid-Afrika", is born near Ladismith in the Cape Colony. (d. 1932)
  • 20 August – William Henry Bell, musician, composer and first director of the South African College of Music, is born in St Albans, southern Hertfordshire, England. (d. 1946)
  • 10 September – Daniël de Waal, judge president of the Transvaal, is born in Stellenbosch.
  • Deaths

  • 1 May – David Livingstone is found dead on his knees beside his bed at Lake Bangweolo.
  • Railway lines opened

  • Namaqualand – Muishondfontein to Kookfontein, 15 miles (24.1 kilometres).
  • Locomotives

  • Two Cape gauge 0-4-0 saddle tank locomotives enter service at Port Elizabeth on the Midland System of the Cape Government Railways. They are the first Cape gauge locomotives to enter service in South Africa.
  • East London's first steam locomotive is landed at East London Harbour, a 7 ft 14 in (2,140 mm) Brunel gauge 0-4-0 vertical boiler engine acquired for work on breakwater construction.
  • References

    1873 in South Africa Wikipedia

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