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1909 in South Africa

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1909 in South Africa


  • 25 – Mahatma Gandhi is arrested at Volksrust for failure to produce a registration certificate and is sentenced to 3 months imprisonment.
  • June
  • 15 – Representatives from England, Australia and South Africa meet at Lord's Cricket Ground and form the Imperial Cricket Conference (ICC).
  • Mahatma Gandhi embarks in Cape Town for Southampton, England.
  • November
  • 30 – Mahatma Gandhi and the Transvaal Indian Deputation arrive back in Cape Town.
  • December
  • 28 – The first manned heavier-than-air powered flight in South Africa is made by French aviator Albert Kimmerling by taking off from the Nahoon Racecourse at East London in a Voisin 1907 biplane.
  • Unknown date
  • South Africa becomes the first non-European country to join FIFA.
  • Births

  • 19 March – Louis Hayward, South African-born actor. (d. 1985)
  • 5 September – Yusuf Dadoo, doctor and politician. (d. 1983)
  • 5 December – Bobbie Heine Miller, South African tennis player. (d. 2016)
  • Deaths

  • 13 April – Sir Donald Currie GCMG, shipping magnate and donor of the Currie Cups for rugby and cricket. (b. 1825)
  • Railway lines opened

  • 4 February – Natal – Creighton to Riverside (Cape), 12 miles 3 chains (19.4 kilometres).
  • 1 April – Natal – Vryheid East to Hlobane, 17 miles (27.4 kilometres).
  • 18 May – Cape Midland – Barkly Bridge to Alexandria, 54 miles 20 chains (87.3 kilometres).
  • Locomotives

  • Two new Cape gauge locomotive types enter service on the Natal Government Railways (NGR):
  • The first five of thirty 4-8-2 tender locomotives, the world’s first true Mountain type locomotive. In 1912 it will be designated Class B on the South African Railways (SAR).
  • A single 2-6-6-0 Mallet articulated compound steam locomotive, the first Mallet type to enter service in South Africa. In 1912 it will be designated Class MA on the SAR.
  • The NGR begins to modify some of its Class C 4-10-2T Reid Tenwheeler locomotives to a 4-8-2T wheel arrangement to make them suitable for yard work without the risk of derailing as a result of the long ten-coupled wheelbase. In 1912 these will be designated Class H2 on the SAR.
  • References

    1909 in South Africa Wikipedia

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