Hobhouse, Free State

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Hobhouse
Hobhouse, Dutch Reformed Church
Hobhouse, Dutch Reformed Church
Hobhouse is located in South Africa
Hobhouse
Hobhouse
 Hobhouse shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 29°32′S 27°09′E / 29.533°S 27.150°E / -29.533; 27.150Coordinates: 29°32′S 27°09′E / 29.533°S 27.150°E / -29.533; 27.150
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Thabo Mofutsanyane
Municipality Mantsopa
Established 1912
Area[1]
 • Total 12.6 km2 (4.9 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 3,980
 • Density 320/km2 (820/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 94.5%
 • Coloured 2.1%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 2.8%
 • Other 0.2%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Sotho 91.7%
 • Afrikaans 3.9%
 • English 1.7%
 • Sign language 1.4%
 • Other 1.3%
Postal code (street) 9740
PO box 9740
Area code 051

Hobhouse is a small farming town in the Free State province of South Africa, named after welfare campaigner Emily Hobhouse. Maize, wheat, cheese and livestock are produced here.

Town 32 km north-east of Wepener and 51 km south-west of Ladybrand, near the Lesotho border. It was laid out on the farm Poortjie in 1912 and attained municipal status in 1913. Named after Emily Hobhouse (1860-1926), author and philanthropist who brought to public notice abuses in concentration camps during the Anglo-Boer War.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Dipelaneng and Hobhouse from Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 212.