Hutchinson, Northern Cape

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Hutchinson
Hutchinson is located in South Africa
Hutchinson
Hutchinson
 Hutchinson shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 31°29′51″S 23°11′21″E / 31.49750°S 23.18917°E / -31.49750; 23.18917Coordinates: 31°29′51″S 23°11′21″E / 31.49750°S 23.18917°E / -31.49750; 23.18917
Country South Africa
Province Northern Cape
District Pixley ka Seme
Municipality Ubuntu
Area[1]
 • Total 1.98 km2 (0.76 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 367
 • Density 190/km2 (480/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 13.4%
 • Coloured 84.2%
 • Indian/Asian 1.4%
 • White 1.1%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 89.1%
 • Xhosa 7.4%
 • English 1.9%
 • Sotho 1.1%
 • Other 0.5%
Area code 053612

Hutchinson is a village and former railway junction in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. It is located 12 kilometres (7 mi) south-east of Victoria West, on the Cape TownKimberley railway line. According to the 2011 census it has 367 residents.

Hutchinson was founded on the arrival of the railway line from Cape Town in 1883, as a station named Victoria West Road. In 1901 it was renamed after Sir Walter Hely-Hutchinson, then Governor of the Cape Colony. In 1905 Hutchinson became a junction when a branch line to Victoria West and Carnarvon was opened. This line was extended in 1915 to Williston and in 1918 to Calvinia. It was closed in 2001, but passenger trains on the main line still stop at Hutchinson to serve Victoria West.

Hutchinson is located in the Ubuntu Local Municipality, which is part of the Pixley ka Seme District Municipality. It is situated just off the R63 regional route.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Hutchinson". Census 2011.