Bloemhof railway station
|District||Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati|
|• Total||47.33 km2 (18.27 sq mi)|
|• Density||49/km2 (130/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||26.5%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (SAST)|
|Postal code (street)||2660|
It was founded in August 1864 when diamonds were discovered in the area. The town was established on the farm owned by John Barclay, who survived the HMS Birkenhead shipwreck in 1852. The place became known as Bloemhof (flower court) because of the lovely gardens that were planted by Barclay's daughter. In June 1869, the South African Republic's Volksraad created a new district called Bloemhof named after the town itself. Currently Bloemhof has a variety of social milieus; it has a township called Boitumelong and former coloured residence called Coverdale. Salamat is also a small residence formerly an Indian suburb which is situated in this town.
- "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20-26)" (PDF). pp. xlv–lii.
- "Main Place Bloemhof". Census 2011.
- Theal, George McCall (1889). History of South Africa: the republics and native territories from 1854 to 1872. London: S. Sonnenschein & co. p. 230.