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1902 in South Africa

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1902 in South Africa


  • 27 – Breaker Morant and Peter Handcock are executed in Pretoria for the murder of Boer prisoners of war near Louis Trichardt.
  • March
  • 7 – The Burghers win their last battle over British forces, with the capture of a British general and 200 of his men.
  • April
  • 4 – The town Concordia in Namaqualand surrenders to Boer forces.
  • 8 – O'okiep is besieged by Boer forces under General Jan Smuts.
  • May
  • 1 – Commandos use the locomotive Pioneer to propel a truck-load of dynamite into the besieged O'okiep.
  • 4 – Boer General Jan Smuts meets with the British General Herbert Kitchener at Kroonstad.
  • 6 – Qulusi-Zulu chief Sokhobobo with a 300 strong impi attacks Field-cornet Potgieter and 70 Boers while sleeping, leaving 56 Burghers and 52 Zulus dead in the Holkrantz massacre.
  • 31 – The Second Boer War ends with the signing of the Treaty of Vereeniging at Melrose House in Pretoria.
  • December
  • Mahatma Gandhi arrives in Durban from Bombay.
  • Unknown date
  • James Stevenson-Hamilton is appointed the first warden of the Sabie Game Reserve.
  • Births

  • 1 January – Buster Nupen, South African cricketer. (d. 1977)
  • Deaths

  • 26 March – Cecil John Rhodes, businessman, mining magnate, imperialist and politician.
  • 2 May – Jan Stephanus de Villiers, composer and organist, dies in Paarl.
  • Railway lines opened

  • 1 May – Free State – Bloemfontein to Sannaspos, 21 miles 41 chains (34.6 kilometres).
  • 18 July – Natal – Tugela to Mhlatuze, 44 miles 22 chains (71.3 kilometres).
  • 1 August – Cape Midland – Cookhouse to Somerset East, 19 miles 35 chains (31.3 kilometres).
  • 1 August – Cape Midland – Klipplaat to Willowmore, 62 miles (99.8 kilometres).
  • 1 August – Cape Western – Sir Lowry's Pass Village to Caledon, 51 miles 75 chains (83.6 kilometres).
  • 15 November – Cape Western – Moorreesburg to Eendekuil, 49 miles 43 chains (79.7 kilometres).
  • Locomotives

  • Four new Cape gauge and three narrow gauge locomotive types enter service on the Cape Government Railways (CGR):
  • Fourteen 6th Class bar framed 4-6-0 passenger steam locomotives. In 1912 they will be designated Class 6J on the South African Railways (SAR).
  • The last ten 7th Class 4-8-0 Mastodon type locomotives on the Eastern System. In 1912 they will be designated Class 7C on the SAR.
  • The first thirteen of twenty-three 8th Class 4-8-0 Mastodon locomotives on the Western, Midland and Eastern Systems. In 1912 they will be designated Class 8 on the SAR.
  • A single experimental 2-8-0 "Consolidation" type tandem compound steam locomotive, in 1912 designated Class Experimental 2 on the SAR.
  • Three Type A 2-6-0 Mogul type steam locomotives, later to become Class NG7 on the SAR, on the Hopefield narrow gauge branchline that is being constructed from Kalbaskraal.
  • Two Type A 2-6-4T Adriatic type narrow gauge locomotives on construction service on the new Avontuur branch that is being built out of Port Elizabeth through the Langkloof.
  • A single Type C 0-4-0 narrow gauge tank steam locomotive named Midget on the Avontuur branch.
  • Two new Cape gauge locomotive types enter service with the East London and Table Bay Harbour Boards:
  • Two 0-6-0 saddle-tank locomotives enter shunting service at the East London Harbour.
  • Eleven 2-6-0 saddle-tank locomotives enter harbour shunting service in Table Bay Harbour.
  • Natal
  • The Natal Government Railways places ten Class F 4-6-4 Baltic type tank steam locomotives in service, the first known locomotive in the world to be designed and built as a Baltic. In 1912 they will be designated Class E on the SAR.
  • The Natal Harbours Department places a single saddle-tank locomotive named Congella in service as harbour shunter in Durban Harbour.
  • The Zululand Railway Company, contractors for the construction of the North Coast line from Verulam to the Tugela River, acquires two 2-6-0 Mogul type tender locomotives as construction engines, later to be designated Class I on the NGR.
  • Transvaal
  • The Imperial Military Railways places forty Cape 8th Class 4-8-0 Mastodon type steam locomotives in service. In 1912 they will be designated Class 8A on the SAR.
  • References

    1902 in South Africa Wikipedia

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