1873 in South Africa
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- Governor of the Cape of Good Hope and High Commissioner for Southern Africa: Sir Henry Barkly.
- Lieutenant-governor of the Colony of Natal:
- State President of the Orange Free State: Jan Brand.
- State President of the South African Republic: Thomas François Burgers.
- Lieutenant-Governor of Griqualand West: Sir Richard Southey (from 17 July).
- Prime Minister of the Cape of Good Hope: Sir John Molteno.
- 30 – Thomas Milles becomes acting Lieutenant-governor of the Colony of Natal.
- 1 – The use of Dutch is officially allowed in the Cape of Good Hope's parliament.
- 14 – The Ohrigstad area is proclaimed a public gold field after gold is discovered in the Selati River.
- 5 – New Rush in Griqualand West is renamed Kimberley after John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley.
- 17 – Sir Richard Southey becomes the first Lieutenant-Governor of Griqualand West.
- 22 – Sir Benjamin Pine becomes Lieutenant-governor of the Colony of Natal.
- 20 – Prime Minister John Molteno authorises construction of the new Cape Eastern railway line from East London.
- 4 – The HMS Challenger, on its worldwide marine research expedition, is officially welcomed in Cape Town.
- Unknown date
- The University of South Africa is founded in Cape Town as the University of the Cape of Good Hope.
- The Cape Government establishes the first district boarding schools to educate children from rural areas while education is standardised at the Cape.
- The town of East London is officially established through the proclaimed merger of the three settlements of Panmure, East London and East London East.
- Warmbad is established as Hartingsburg at the hot springs north of Pretoria.
- 13 August – C.J. Langenhoven, playwright, poet, journalist, politician and author of Die Stem van Suid-Afrika. (d. 1932)
- 20 August – William Henry Bell, musician, composer and first director of the South African College of Music. (d. 1946)
Railway lines opened
- Two Cape gauge 0-4-0 saddle tank locomotives enter service at Port Elizabeth on the Midland System of the Cape Government Railways. They are the first Cape gauge locomotives to enter service in South Africa.:117–118:6
- East London's first steam locomotive is landed at East London Harbour, a 7 ft 1⁄4 in (2,140 mm) Brunel gauge 0-4-0 vertical boiler engine acquired for work on breakwater construction.
- Archontology.org: A Guide for Study of Historical Offices, Orange Free State: Heads of State: 1854-1902 (Accessed on 14 April 2017)
- Archontology.org: A Guide for Study of Historical Offices, South African Republic (Transvaal): Heads of State: 1857-1877 (Accessed on 14 April 2017)
- The British Empire: Griqualand West Administrators (Accessed on 16 April 2017)
- Roberts, Brian. 1976. Kimberley, turbulent city. Cape Town: David Philip, p 115
- Amersfoort Legacy Timeline 1658-present
- Bagshawe, Peter (2012). Locomotives of the Namaqualand Railway and Copper Mines (1st ed.). Stenvalls. ISBN 978-91-7266-179-0.
- Holland, D. F. (1972). Steam Locomotives of the South African Railways. 2: 1910-1955 (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. ISBN 978-0-7153-5427-8.
- C.G.R. Numbering Revised, Article by Dave Littley, SA Rail May–June 1993, pp. 94-95.
- Paxton, Leith; Bourne, David (1985). Locomotives of the South African Railways (1st ed.). Cape Town: Struik. ISBN 0869772112.
- Holland, D.F. (1971). Steam Locomotives of the South African Railways. 1: 1859–1910 (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-7153-5382-0.