Southbroom

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Southbroom
Imbiza Mission station
Southbroom beach
Southbroom beach
Southbroom is located in KwaZulu-Natal
Southbroom
Southbroom
Southbroom is located in South Africa
Southbroom
Southbroom
Southbroom is located in Africa
Southbroom
Southbroom
 Southbroom shown within KwaZulu-Natal
Coordinates: 30°55′12″S 30°19′01″E / 30.920°S 30.317°E / -30.920; 30.317Coordinates: 30°55′12″S 30°19′01″E / 30.920°S 30.317°E / -30.920; 30.317
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District Ugu
Municipality Hibiscus Coast
Area[1]
 • Total 10.93 km2 (4.22 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,615
 • Density 150/km2 (380/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 25.6%
 • Coloured 0.5%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 73.1%
 • Other 0.4%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 54.2%
 • Afrikaans 24.6%
 • Zulu 11.3%
 • Xhosa 4.7%
 • Other 5.1%
PO box 4277
Area code 039

Southbroom is a coastal village in Ugu District Municipality in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. It is located 25 km south-west of Port Shepstone, 143 km south-west of Durban, and 213 km south of Pietermaritzburg.[2]

The village was officially founded in 1933,[3] and at the 2011 census had a population of 1,615 in 847 households.

History[edit]

In 1884, a pioneer named Alfred Eyles established a mission on the site of the present day Outlook Farm. This is the earliest recorded settlement of Southbroom. In 1895, The Fascadale was wrecked on rocks off Southbroom beach while en route to Lisbon, but the timely arrival of another vessel meant that only two lives were lost.

The name "Southbroom" was first associated with the area in 1908, when the Swedish Zulu Mission took over the mission from the Eyles family, who subsequently renamed their home "Southbroom"; a reference to a family home in their native England. Frank and Gilbert Eyles, the youngest sons of Alfred, proclaimed the township in 1933.

In 1935, the Southbroom Hotel opened, with its famous tidal pool (known as Granny's Pool) opening two years later. The now-famous golf course was first opened in 1939, before being extended to a full 18 holes in 1948.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Southbroom". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Google Maps - Location of Southbroom". Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Southbroom.org - Dates in time". Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Southbroom.org - Dates in time". Retrieved 1 February 2015.