Imbiza Mission station
|• Total||10.93 km2 (4.22 sq mi)|
|• Density||150/km2 (380/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||25.6%|
|First languages (2011)|
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.
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.
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