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1883 in South Africa

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1883 in South Africa

Events

April
  • 16 – Paul Kruger is re-elected president of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek.
  • May
  • 9 – Paul Kruger is sworn in as president of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek.
  • July
  • 22 – Zulu King Cetshwayo barely escapes with his life in a rebel attack.
  • August
  • 6 – The United States of Stellaland is established when the Republics of Stellaland and Goshen unite.
  • 12 – The last Quagga in the world dies in captivity at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam, making the species extinct.
  • Births

  • February – Zakea Dolphin Mangoaela, Basotho folklorist and writer. (d. 1963)
  • Deaths

  • 9 August – Robert Moffat, Scottish Congregationalist missionary. Dies in Leigh near Tunbridge Wells, England.
  • Railway lines opened

  • 5 May – Cape Western – Muizenberg to Kalkbaai, 1 mile 45 chains (2.5 kilometres).
  • 14 May – Cape Western – Beaufort West to Victoria West Road, 80 miles 41 chains (129.6 kilometres).
  • 15 October – Cape Eastern – Queenstown to Sterkstroom, 35 miles 28 chains (56.9 kilometres).
  • 16 October – Cape Midland – Cradock to Colesberg, 126 miles 19 chains (203.2 kilometres).
  • Locomotives

  • Eighteen 3rd Class 4-4-0 tender passenger locomotives are delivered to the Cape Government Railways from Neilson and Company and placed in passenger service out of Cape Town, East London and Port Elizabeth respectively.
  • References

    1883 in South Africa Wikipedia


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