Observatory, Gauteng

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Observatory is located in Gauteng
 Observatory shown within Gauteng
Location within Greater Johannesburg
Observatory is located in Greater Johannesburg
Observatory is located in South Africa
Observatory (South Africa)
Observatory is located in Africa
Observatory (Africa)
Coordinates: 26°10′34″S 28°04′55″E / 26.176°S 28.082°E / -26.176; 28.082Coordinates: 26°10′34″S 28°04′55″E / 26.176°S 28.082°E / -26.176; 28.082
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
Municipality City of Johannesburg
Main Place Johannesburg
 • Total 0.66 km2 (0.25 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 490
 • Density 740/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 32.9%
 • Coloured 1.8%
 • Indian/Asian 4.3%
 • White 60.6%
 • Other 0.4%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 71.0%
 • Zulu 6.9%
 • Afrikaans 3.9%
 • Tswana 3.1%
 • Other 15.1%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street) 7925
PO box 7935

Observatory is a Suburb in Johannesburg's east and is located in Region E of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality; it borders the suburbs of Houghton Estate, Cyrildene, Linksfield, Bellevue, Bellevue East and Dewetshof.


It is named for the Union Observatory established in early 1903 (today's Johannesburg Observatory), sited on Observatory Ridge, the city's highest point. The suburb is situated on part of an old Witwatersrand farm called Doornfontein.[2] It was established in 1903.[2]

It is a well-established suburb: Observatory Girls' Primary was founded in 1918, and Observatory Golf Course (1912) is the oldest golf club in Johannesburg still operating from its original ground. The suburb also houses the Yeshivah Gedolah of Johannesburg.


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Observatory". Census 2011.
  2. ^ a b Raper, Peter E.; Moller, Lucie A.; du Plessis, Theodorus L. (2014). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers. p. 1412. ISBN 9781868425501.

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