Great Brak River (town)
|Great Brak River
|• Total||22.06 km2 (8.52 sq mi)|
|• Density||480/km2 (1,200/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||5.3%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Postal code (street)||6525|
Great Brak River (Afrikaans: Groot-Brakrivier) is a coastal village in the Mossel Bay Local Municipality in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is a historic village built around the lagoon of the Great Brak River, 17 kilometres (11 mi) north-northeast of the town of Mossel Bay.
It was founded by the Searle family of Surrey, England, of which the elder brother, Richard (originally a labourer), emigrated to South Africa under a government-sponsored scheme in 1845. He arrived in Great Brak River to work for the Central Road Board in 1850. Richard's brother, Charles, and sister-in-law, Pamela, are credited with founding the village in 1859. The Searle family went on to become toll keepers (toll houses were operated by private contractors during the 1800s), and would establish shopping, accommodation, shoe-making and timber businesses in the village.
Today, Great Brak River is chiefly a holiday destination, with beaches and the lagoon providing the major attractions. The island residential area is linked to the mainland by a single lane bridge. Other highlights in Great Brak River include a local history museum, historic buildings built between 1852 and the mid-1930s, the Wolwedans Dam, and a restored power station dating back to the early 1900s. The 4-star Botlierskop Private Game Reserve is the biggest commercial attraction in the Great Brak area.
- "Main Place Great Brak River". Census 2011.
- The Story of Great Brak River, Margaret Franklin, 1975, reprinted 2009, C. Struik Publishers, Cape Town. ISBN 0-620-01619-1.
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