Whittlesea, Eastern Cape
|• Total||15.37 km2 (5.93 sq mi)|
|• Density||960/km2 (2,500/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||99.1%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Postal code (street)||5360|
Whittlesea (formerly known as Bulhoek) is a settlement situated 37km south of Queenstown, Eastern Cape Province. It includes the townships of Dongwe and Sada. Whittlesea now lays claim to the first registered wine estate in the Eastern Cape.
Hewu Hospital (formerly operated by Lifecare, but provincialized since 2010) is to be found only 4 km on the road to Ekuphumleni Township.
It was founded in 1849 and became a defence outpost in the Frontier War of 1850-1853. Named after Whittlesea in Cambridgeshire, birthplace of Sir Harry Smith (1787-1860), Governor of the Cape Colony from 1847 to 1852.
Some of the villages surrounding Whittlesea include;
- Lower Didimana
- Upper Didimana
- Lower Hukuwa
- Upper Hukuwa
- Ekuphumleni (Dongwe)
- Hekeni (Hackney)
- Long dry
- "Main Place Whittlesea". Census 2011.
- "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 474.
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