Lindley, Free State
|• Total||23.0 km2 (8.9 sq mi)|
|• Density||520/km2 (1,400/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||95.6%|
|First languages (2011)|
|• Sign language||2.2%|
|Postal code (street)||9630|
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.
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.
- Stella Blakemore, popular youth author in Afrikaans, who wrote series such as Maasdorp and Keurboslaan, was born in Lindley in 1906.
- Danie Craven, the famous Springbok Rugby Union player, administrator and coach was born in this town on 11 October 1910.
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.
- "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20-26)" (PDF). pp. xlv–lii.
- Sum of the Main Places Ntha and Lindley from Census 2011.
- "Daniel Lindley". Dictionary of African Christian Biography. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
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