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1919 in South Africa

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1919 in South Africa


  • 23 – The Potchefstroom Teachers' College opens its doors.
  • September
  • 3 – Jan Smuts becomes the 2nd Prime Minister of South Africa.
  • 17 – German South West Africa is placed under South African administration.
  • November
  • 7 – Inspired by Cape Town's daily Noon Gun Three Minute Pause, King George V institutes the Two Minute Silence, to be observed annually at the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month.
  • Births

  • 3 March – Peter Abrahams, South African-born Jamaican novelist and journalist. (d. 2017)
  • 8 December – Mary Benson, activist and author, is born in Pretoria. (d. 2000)
  • Deaths

  • 19 March – Jack Hindon dies in Pretoria at the age of 44. (b. 1874)
  • 27 August – Louis Botha, Boer general, Afrikaner statesman, first Prime Minister of South Africa. (b. 1862)
  • Railway lines opened

  • 9 January – Natal – Deviation from Umlaas Road to Pentrich, 19 miles 19 chains (31.0 kilometres).
  • Locomotives

    Two new Cape gauge and one narrow gauge locomotive types enter service on the South African Railways (SAR):


  • The first of sixty-seven Class 12A 4-8-2 Mountain type locomotives.
  • The first ten Class 16C 4-6-2 Pacific type passenger steam locomotives.
  • Three Class NG G11 2-6-0+0-6-2 Garratt articulated steam locomotives on the Avontuur narrow gauge line through the Langkloof, the first Garratt locomotives to enter service in South Africa.
  • References

    1919 in South Africa Wikipedia