|• Type||Ward 4|
|• Councillor||Nomvulazana Judith Stuurman|
|• Total||39.6 km2 (15.3 sq mi)|
|• Density||92/km2 (240/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||65.1%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Postal code (street)||9970|
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The London Missionary Society (LMS) founded Philippolis in 1823 as a mission station for the local Khoi people. The town takes its name from the LMS representative John Phillip. The early establishment makes it the oldest settlement in the Free State.
Adam Kok II, a Griqua leader, settled here with his people in 1826 and became the protector of the mission station. (Kok's son Adam Kok III and his followers later migrated across the Drakensberg mountains to settle in Kokstad in Griqualand East.)
As of 2014[update], the town has started to become a popular tourist-destination because of its historical value, architecture and rural lifestyle.
- "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20-26)" (PDF). pp. xlv–lii.
- Sum of the Main Places Philippolis and Poding-Tse-Rolo from Census 2011.
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