Hobhouse, Free State

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Hobhouse, Dutch Reformed Church
Hobhouse, Dutch Reformed Church
Hobhouse is located in Free State (South African province)
Hobhouse is located in South Africa
Hobhouse is located in Africa
 Hobhouse shown within Free State
Coordinates: 29°32′S 27°09′E / 29.533°S 27.150°E / -29.533; 27.150Coordinates: 29°32′S 27°09′E / 29.533°S 27.150°E / -29.533; 27.150
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Thabo Mofutsanyane
Municipality Mantsopa
Established 1912
 • Total 12.6 km2 (4.9 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 3,980
 • Density 320/km2 (820/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 94.5%
 • Coloured 2.1%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 2.8%
 • Other 0.2%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Sotho 91.7%
 • Afrikaans 3.9%
 • English 1.7%
 • Sign language 1.4%
 • Other 1.3%
Postal code (street) 9740
PO box 9740
Area code 051

Hobhouse is a small farming town in the Free State province of South Africa, named after welfare campaigner Emily Hobhouse. Maize, wheat, cheese and livestock are produced here.


Town 32 km north-east of Wepener and 51 km south-west of Ladybrand, near the Lesotho border. It was laid out on the farm Poortjie in 1912 and attained municipal status in 1913. Named after Emily Hobhouse (1860-1926), author and philanthropist who brought to public notice abuses in concentration camps during the Anglo-Boer War.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Dipelaneng and Hobhouse from Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 212.