Aberdeen, Eastern Cape

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Street in Aberdeen
Street in Aberdeen
Aberdeen is located in South Africa
 Aberdeen shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 32°29′S 24°4′E / 32.483°S 24.067°E / -32.483; 24.067Coordinates: 32°29′S 24°4′E / 32.483°S 24.067°E / -32.483; 24.067
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Cacadu
Municipality Camdeboo
Established 1856[1]
 • Total 15.4 km2 (5.9 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 7,162
 • Density 470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 19.4%
 • Coloured 73.0%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 6.7%
 • Other 0.4%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • Afrikaans 80.7%
 • Xhosa 15.5%
 • English 2.2%
 • Other 1.6%
Postal code (street) 6270
PO box 6270
Area code 049

Aberdeen is a small town in the Cacadu District Municipality of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. With its numerous examples of Victorian architecture, it is one of the architectural conservation areas of the Karoo.

Town some 55 km south-east of Graaff-Reinet, 155 km east-south-east of Beaufort West, 32 km south of the Camdeboo Mountains. Laid out on the farm Brakkefontein as a settlement of the Dutch Reformed Church in 1856, it became a municipality in 1858. It is named after Aberdeen in Scotland, birthplace of the Reverend Andrew Murray of Graaff-Reinet, relieving minister.[3]

The Aberdeen Provincial Hospital is situated in Aberdeen.


  1. ^ "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20-26)". pp. xlv–lii. 
  2. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Aberdeen and Thembalesizwe from Census 2011.
  3. ^ Raper, Peter E. (1987). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Internet Archive. p. 51. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 

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