1873 in South Africa

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1873 in South Africa
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Years in South Africa


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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.[1]
  • 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.




Railway lines opened[edit]

  • Namaqualand – Muishondfontein to Kookfontein, 15 miles (24.1 kilometres).[2]


  • East London's first steam locomotive is landed at East London Harbour, a 7 ft 14 in (2,140 mm) Brunel gauge 0-4-0 vertical boiler engine acquired for work on breakwater construction.[6]


  1. ^ Amersfoort Legacy Timeline 1658-present
  2. ^ Bagshawe, Peter (2012). Locomotives of the Namaqualand Railway and Copper Mines (1st ed.). Stenvalls. ISBN 978-91-7266-179-0. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ C.G.R. Numbering Revised, Article by Dave Littley, SA Rail May–June 1993, pp. 94-95.
  5. ^ Paxton, Leith; Bourne, David (1985). Locomotives of the South African Railways (1st ed.). Cape Town: Struik. ISBN 0869772112. 
  6. ^ 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.