Leliefontein, Northern Cape

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Methodist Mission Church, Leliefontein
Methodist Mission Church, Leliefontein
Leliefontein is located in Northern Cape
Leliefontein is located in South Africa
Leliefontein is located in Africa
 Leliefontein shown within Northern Cape
Coordinates: 30°18′00″S 18°05′00″E / 30.3°S 18.083333°E / -30.3; 18.083333Coordinates: 30°18′00″S 18°05′00″E / 30.3°S 18.083333°E / -30.3; 18.083333
Country South Africa
Province Northern Cape
District Namakwa
Municipality Kamiesberg
 • Total 0.67 km2 (0.26 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 616
 • Density 920/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 0.3%
 • Coloured 99.2%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • Other 0.2%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 95.8%
 • English 2.8%
 • Tswana 1.1%
 • Other 0.3%

Leliefontein is a settlement in Namakwa District Municipality in the Northern Cape province of South Africa.

A village in the Kamiesberg Mountains, 18 miles (29 km) south-east of Kamieskroon, Leliefontein was established in 1816 by Reverend Barnabus Shaw, a Wesleyan missionary.[2] The mission was established on a farm awarded to the Namaquas by the Dutch governor Rijk Tulbagh.[3] It is probably named after the many white Lilies found in the area.[2]

It was the site of the 1902 Leliefontein massacre, during the final stages of the Second Anglo-Boer War.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Leliefontein". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Leliefontein". Tracks4Africa Padkos. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Sandra Olivier (2005). Touring in South Africa. Struik. p. 169. ISBN 978-1-77007-142-1. 
  4. ^ "Leliefontein". Karoo Space. Retrieved 10 January 2014.