Marquard

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Marquard
Marquard is located in Free State (South African province)
Marquard
Marquard
Marquard is located in South Africa
Marquard
Marquard
Marquard is located in Africa
Marquard
Marquard
 Marquard shown within Free State
Coordinates: 28°40′S 27°26′E / 28.667°S 27.433°E / -28.667; 27.433Coordinates: 28°40′S 27°26′E / 28.667°S 27.433°E / -28.667; 27.433
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Thabo Mofutsanyane
Municipality Setsoto
Established 1905
Area[1]
 • Total 9.9 km2 (3.8 sq mi)
Population (2016)[1]
 • Total 22,502
 • Density 2,300/km2 (5,900/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2016)[1]
 • Black African 95.6%
 • Coloured 0.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.5%
 • White 3.2%
 • Other 0.3%
First languages (2016)[1]
 • Sotho 90.7%
 • Afrikaans 4.6%
 • English 1.7%
 • Sign language 1.4%
 • Other 1.6%
Postal code (street) 9610
PO box 9610
Area code 051
Website http://www.marquard.co.za/

Marquard is a small farming town in the Free State province of South Africa that serves Winburg in the northwest. The town was set up in 1905 by an influential Dutch Reform minister, JJ Marquard, with the help of Christoffel Cornelis Froneman, the commandant of the Orange Free State. It was established on the farm Varschfontein and attained municipal status in the same year.

Marquard is 169 kilometers east north-east of Bloemfontein and 45 kilometers south-west of Senekal. The town was named after J J T Marquard, minister of the Dutch Reformed Church in Winburg, who had pleaded for the establishment of the town.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Marquard and Moemaneng from Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 299.