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1887 in South Africa

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1887 in South Africa

Events

June
  • 21 – The Nederlandsche-Zuid-Afrikaansche Spoorweg-Maatschappij (NZASM) is floated.
  • 21 – Zululand becomes a British colony.
  • Unknown date
  • The town of Boksburg is laid out to serve the surrounding gold mines.
  • The Stellenbosch Gymnasium, later to become the Stellenbosch University, changes its name to Victoria College, after Queen Victoria.
  • Deaths

  • 29 May – Xhosa chief Sandile is killed in Denge Forest in a skirmish with the Fingos under the command of Captain J. Lonsdale.
  • New lines

  • Construction begins on the Delagoa Bay-Pretoria line.
  • Railway lines opened

  • October – Cape Central – Worcester to Roodewal, 42 miles (67.6 kilometres).
  • Locomotives

  • The Lourenco Marques, Delagoa Bay and East Africa Railway in Mozambique places two 4-6-0 tank locomotives in service, one of which will become the Portuguese Tank on the Pretoria-Pietersburg Railway in 1897.
  • References

    1887 in South Africa Wikipedia


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