Cookhouse

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Cookhouse
Cookhouse station name board
Cookhouse station name board
Cookhouse is located in South Africa
Cookhouse
Cookhouse
 Cookhouse shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 32°45′S 25°49′E / 32.750°S 25.817°E / -32.750; 25.817Coordinates: 32°45′S 25°49′E / 32.750°S 25.817°E / -32.750; 25.817
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Cacadu
Municipality Blue Crane Route
Government
 • Type Ward 01
 • Councillor Ntombentsha Glenda Mjikelo (ANC)
Area[1]
 • Total 50.98 km2 (19.68 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 5,707
 • Density 110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 80.7%
 • Coloured 16.0%
 • Indian/Asian 0.2%
 • White 2.8%
 • Other 0.4%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Xhosa 75.4%
 • Afrikaans 19.7%
 • English 2.5%
 • Other 2.4%
Postal code (street) 5820
PO box 5820
Area code 042

Cookhouse is a small village located in Eastern Cape province, South Africa, some 170km north of Port Elizabeth and 24km east of Somerset East, on the west bank of the Great Fish River, which formed the eastern boundary of the Cape Colony until 1819.

It is said to take its name from a small stone house used for shelter and cooking by troops camping on the bank of this river. Another explanation links the name to the hot climate as experienced by the troops stationed there.[2]

In the 1870s, the government of Prime Minister John Molteno oversaw a massive expansion of the Cape Colony's railway system, and a route northwards to De Aar from Port Elizabeth and Port Alfred was chosen by the Cape Government Railways to pass through what is now Cookhouse. A station was built here the town formed around this connection. Cookhouse is now an important railway junction.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Cookhouse". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 121. 
  3. ^ Burman, Jose (1984). Early Railways at the Cape. Cape Town. Human & Rousseau, p.73. ISBN 0-7981-1760-5