1881 in South Africa

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1881 in South Africa
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List of years in South Africa


  • The Government of Cape Prime Minister Gordon Sprigg falls due to ruinous war expenses. Scanlen and Molteno form the Scanlen Government and begin moves to secure peace on the frontier and stabilise finances.
Unknown date
  • The Tshwana-Kora wars break out with white mercenary involvement.
  • The town of Roburnia is established as the capital of the Republic of New Scotland. It was renamed to Amsterdam in 1882.
  • Gold is discovered in the Barberton area.




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Railway lines opened[edit]


  • Two 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) Cape gauge 0-4-0 saddle-tank locomotives are placed in service by Teague and Company on Teague’s Tramway at the Kimberley diamond mine.[5]


  1. ^ The South African Railways - Historical Survey. Editor George Hart, Publisher Bill Hart, Sponsored by Dorbyl Ltd., Published c. 1978.
  2. ^ Heritage Portal: The Port Alfred to Grahamstown Railway
  3. ^ Report for year ending 31 December 1909, Cape Government Railways, Section VIII - Dates of Opening and the Length of the different Sections in the Cape Colony, from the Year 1873 to 31st December, 1909.
  4. ^ Holland, D.F. (1971). Steam Locomotives of the South African Railways, Volume 1: 1859-1910 (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. pp. 25–26. ISBN 978-0-7153-5382-0. 
  5. ^ a b Holland, D.F. (1972). Steam Locomotives of the South African Railways, Volume 2: 1910-1955 (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. ISBN 978-0-7153-5427-8. 
  6. ^ Paxton, Leith; Bourne, David (1985). Locomotives of the South African Railways (1st ed.). Cape Town: Struik. ISBN 0869772112. 
  7. ^ Table Bay Harbour locomotives by Black, Hawthorn & Chapman and Furneaux