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1878 in South Africa

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1878 in South Africa

Events

March
  • 12 – Commander R.C. Dryer takes possession of the area surrounding Walvis Bay.
  • May
  • 14 – Paul Kruger leads a second deputation to the United Kingdom to demand the freedom of the South African Republic.
  • July
  • 17 – Nqwiliso, tribal chief of western Mpondoland and eldest son of the warrior Chief Ndamase, ceded sovereign rights of Umzimvubu River mouth to the Cape Colony
  • December
  • 11 – The British present an ultimatum to the Zulu king Cetshwayo, triggering the Anglo-Zulu War.
  • Unknown date
  • The 9th Cape Frontier War ends.
  • The first telephones are set up in the Cape.
  • The telegraph service between Natal and Transvaal is opened.
  • The British suspend the elected Cape Government and assume direct control, after escalating disagreements on confederation and frontier policy.
  • The last confirmed Cape Lion dies.
  • Births

  • 14 March – Alexander du Toit, geologist. (d. 1948)
  • Railway lines opened

  • 25 May – Natal – Umgeni to Avoca, 4 miles 21 chains (6.9 kilometres).
  • 1 August – Cape Midland – Glenconnor to Mount Stewart, 48 miles 70 chains (78.7 kilometres).
  • 15 August – Cape Eastern – Kei Road to Döhne, 20 miles 45 chains (33.1 kilometres).
  • 15 August – Cape Eastern – East London to Landing Jetty, 1 mile 58 chains (2.8 kilometres).
  • 4 September – Natal – Durban to Pinetown, 17 miles 15 chains (27.7 kilometres).
  • 4 November – Cape Western – Kleinstraat to Grootfontein, 86 miles 49 chains (139.4 kilometres).
  • Locomotives

  • The Cape Government Railways places a second locomotive in service on construction work on the Kowie harbour project at Port Alfred, a 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) broad gauge 0-4-0 saddle-tank engine named Aid.
  • References

    1878 in South Africa Wikipedia


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