1873 in South Africa
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- 1 – The use of Dutch is officially allowed in the Cape Colony's parliament.
- 14 – The Ohrigstad area in the Lydenburg district of Transvaal is proclaimed as a public gold field after the discovery of gold in the Selati River.
- 5 – New Rush is renamed Kimberley.
- 20 – Prime Minister John Molteno begins construction of the new Cape Eastern railway line from East London.
- 4 – The HMS Challenger, on its worldwide marine research expedition, is officially welcomed in Cape Town.
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- Griqualand West is established as a separate British colony
- In the Cape Colony, a massive increase in public works leads to a large and sustained influx of immigrant labour over the ensuing years.
- The University of South Africa is founded in Cape Town, as the University of the Cape of Good Hope.
- The Cape Government establishes the first district boarding schools to educate children from rural areas. Education is also standardised at the Cape and moved away from purely rote learning.
- The town of East London is officially established through the proclaimed merger of the three settlements of Panmure, East London and East London East.
- Warmbad is established as Hartingsburg at the hot springs north of Pretoria.
- 13 August – Cornelis Jacobus Langenhoven, playwright, poet, journalist, politician and author of the South African anthem "Die Stem van Suid-Afrika", is born near Ladismith in the Cape Colony. (d. 1932)
- 20 August – William Henry Bell, musician, composer and first director of the South African College of Music, is born in St Albans, southern Hertfordshire, England. (d. 1946)
- 10 September – Daniël de Waal, judge president of the Transvaal, is born in Stellenbosch.
Railway lines opened
- Two Cape gauge 0-4-0 saddle tank locomotives enter service at Port Elizabeth on the Midland System of the Cape Government Railways. They are the first Cape gauge locomotives to enter service in South Africa.:117-118:6
- East London's first steam locomotive is landed at East London Harbour, a 7 ft 1⁄4 in (2,140 mm) Brunel gauge 0-4-0 vertical boiler engine acquired for work on breakwater construction.
- Amersfoort Legacy Timeline 1658-present
- Bagshawe, Peter (2012). Locomotives of the Namaqualand Railway and Copper Mines (1st ed.). Stenvalls. ISBN 978-91-7266-179-0.
- Holland, D.F. (1972). Steam Locomotives of the South African Railways, Volume 2: 1910-1955 (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. ISBN 978-0-7153-5427-8.
- C.G.R. Numbering Revised, Article by Dave Littley, SA Rail May–June 1993, pp. 94-95.
- Paxton, Leith; Bourne, David (1985). Locomotives of the South African Railways (1st ed.). Cape Town: Struik. ISBN 0869772112.
- Holland, D.F. (1971). Steam Locomotives of the South African Railways, Volume 1: 1859-1910 (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-7153-5382-0.