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Alicedale Old Railway Station
Alicedale Old Railway Station
Alicedale is located in Eastern Cape
Alicedale is located in South Africa
Alicedale is located in Africa
 Alicedale shown within Eastern Cape
Coordinates: 33°19′0″S 26°5′0″E / 33.31667°S 26.08333°E / -33.31667; 26.08333Coordinates: 33°19′0″S 26°5′0″E / 33.31667°S 26.08333°E / -33.31667; 26.08333
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Sarah Baartman
Municipality Makana
 • Total 4.7 km2 (1.8 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 3,872
 • Density 820/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 57.1%
 • Coloured 40.9%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 1.2%
 • Other 0.5%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Xhosa 51.9%
 • Afrikaans 43.7%
 • English 2.2%
 • Other 2.1%
Postal code (street) 6135
PO box 6135
Area code 042

Alicedale is a small settlement in Sarah Baartman District Municipality in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, situated on the banks of the Bushmans River.

Railway History[edit]

Alicedale is a railway junction on the main railway line between Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. From here a branch line leads to Grahamstown. The town was a railway training facility during the previous two centuries, from there the historical red facebrick building that now houses the reception of the resort hotel. The town was named for Mrs. Alice Slessor,[a] the wife of the engineer in charge of construction of the railways.[3]

Buildings of interest[edit]

  • Bushmans River Sands Hotel in Alicedale has an 18-hole golf course.
  • St Barnabas Anglican Church was dedicated in 1887 and regular Anglican worship still takes place in the church.[4]

The nearest neighbouring towns are Riebeek East and Paterson, while Grahamstown lies 45 kilometres (28 mi) to the east.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ A number of sources including Raper assert that Alice Slessor's maiden name was Dale. This is incorrect, the record of their marriage at St John's Church in the Parish of Paddington, on 10 September 1867[2] clearly indicates that Alice's name was Malton and that she was a spinster at the time of her marriage.
  1. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Alicedale and KwaNonzwakazi from Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Frederick Slessor and Alice Malton". England & Wales marriages 1837-2008 Transcription. 1867. Retrieved 2014-10-08 – via Findmypast. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ Raper, P. E. (1989). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers. p. 56. ISBN 978-0-947464-04-2 – via Internet Archive. 
  4. ^ "St Barnabas's Church - Alicedale". Retrieved 2015-03-29.