Herschel, Eastern Cape

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Herschel
Herschel is located in South Africa
Herschel
Herschel
 Herschel shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 30°36′54″S 27°9′43″E / 30.61500°S 27.16194°E / -30.61500; 27.16194Coordinates: 30°36′54″S 27°9′43″E / 30.61500°S 27.16194°E / -30.61500; 27.16194
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Joe Gqabi
Municipality Senqu
Established 1879
Area[1]
 • Total 4.48 km2 (1.73 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 2,189
 • Density 490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 99.9%
 • Coloured 0.1%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Xhosa 87.5%
 • Sotho 10.1%
 • Other 2.3%
Postal code (street) 9756
PO box 9756
Area code 05552

Herschel is a settlement in Joe Gqabi District Municipality in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

The village is situated 19 km north of Lady Grey, due east of Aliwal North. Founded in 1879, it was named after the astronomer Sir John Frederick W Herschel who worked in the Cape Province from 1834 to 1838, inter alia making observations of Halley’s Comet.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Herschel". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ Raper, P. E. (1989). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers. p. 207. ISBN 978-0-947464-04-2 – via Internet Archive.