Lindley, Free State

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Lindley is located in Free State (South African province)
Lindley is located in South Africa
Lindley is located in Africa
 Lindley shown within Free State
Coordinates: 27°52′S 27°55′E / 27.867°S 27.917°E / -27.867; 27.917Coordinates: 27°52′S 27°55′E / 27.867°S 27.917°E / -27.867; 27.917
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Thabo Mofutsanyane
Municipality Nketoana
Established 1875[1]
 • Total 23.0 km2 (8.9 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 12,000
 • Density 520/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 95.6%
 • Coloured 0.3%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 3.6%
 • Other 0.2%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • Sotho 83.6%
 • Zulu 6.1%
 • Afrikaans 5.1%
 • Sign language 2.2%
 • Other 3.1%
Postal code (street) 9630
PO box 9630
Area code 058

Lindley is a small town situated on the banks of the Vals River in the eastern region of the Free State province of South Africa. It was established by an American missionary named Daniel Lindley, who was the first ordained minister to the Voortrekkers in Natal.[3]

The settlement of Lindley was laid out in 1875 on the farm Brandhoek and was proclaimed a town in 1878. The main route to the town is the R707. Lindley, together with its neighbouring towns of Reitz, Petrus Steyn and Arlington form the Nketoana Local Municipality.

Lindley has reestablished their proud rugby union in 2016, after having little success since being ranked first in the Free State in 1994.

Famous inhabitants[edit]

Tourist attractions[edit]

Tourist attractions in Lindley include a British memorial in the local cemetery to British soldiers who died on 31 May 1900 at Yeomanry Hills during the siege of Lindley, prehistoric stone huts of the original inhabitants of the area as well as a miniature replica of the Dutch Reformed Church that was erected in 1928 in memory of those who died during the Second Anglo-Boer War.


  1. ^ "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20-26)" (PDF). pp. xlv–lii. 
  2. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Ntha and Lindley from Census 2011.
  3. ^ "Daniel Lindley". Dictionary of African Christian Biography. Retrieved 10 August 2013.