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1882 in South Africa

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1882 in South Africa

Events

May
  • 9 – Paul Kruger becomes President of the South African Republic.
  • 28 – Two ships, the Agnes (94 tonne) and the Christina (196 tonne), run ashore at Plettenberg Bay.
  • July
  • 26 – The Stellaland Republic is declared, founding Vryburg as capital.
  • September
  • 2 – Kimberley becomes the first town in the southern hemisphere to install electric street lighting.
  • 7 – W.H. Finlay of Cape Town's Royal Observatory is first to record observations of the Great Comet of 1882.
  • 29 – 229 Norwegians settle at the mouth of the Umzimkulu River, founding Port Shepstone.
  • November
  • 21 – The Goshen Republic is established with its capital Rooigrond near Mafeking.
  • Unknown date
  • Zulu king Cetshwayo returns to South Africa.
  • In the Cape Colony, the Dutch language is once again admitted as an official language alongside English.
  • Births

  • 24 February – Jan Gysbert Hugo Bosman aka Bosman de Ravelli, concert pianist and composer, is born in Piketberg.
  • Railway lines opened

  • 15 December – Cape Western – Wynberg to Muizenberg, 7 miles 31 chains (11.9 kilometres).
  • Locomotives

  • Three new Cape gauge locomotive types enter service on the Cape Government Railways (CGR):
  • Six 2nd Class 4-4-0 Wynberg Tank locomotives on suburban passenger trains out of Cape Town.
  • The first of 33 4th Class 4-6-0 tank-and-tender locomotives with Stephenson valve gear on the mainlines of all three systems.
  • The first of 35 4th Class 4-6-0 tank-and-tender locomotives with Joy valve gear on the mainlines of all three systems.
  • Two new 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) Cape gauge locomotive types enter service on the private Kowie Railway which is under construction from Port Alfred to Grahamstown:
  • Two 0-6-0 tank locomotives in goods service.
  • Two 4-4-0 tank locomotives in passenger service.
  • References

    1882 in South Africa Wikipedia


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