Whittlesea, Eastern Cape

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Whittlesea is located in Eastern Cape
 Whittlesea shown within Eastern Cape
Coordinates: 32°10′S 26°49′E / 32.167°S 26.817°E / -32.167; 26.817Coordinates: 32°10′S 26°49′E / 32.167°S 26.817°E / -32.167; 26.817
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Chris Hani
Municipality Lukanji
Established 1847
 • Total 15.37 km2 (5.93 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 14,756
 • Density 960/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 99.1%
 • Coloured 0.2%
 • Indian/Asian 0.2%
 • White 0.1%
 • Other 0.4%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Xhosa 93.3%
 • English 2.5%
 • Other 4.2%
Postal code (street) 5360
PO box 5360

Whittlesea (formerly known as Bulhoek) is a settlement situated 37km south of Queenstown, Eastern Cape Province. Whittlesea now lays claim to the first registered wine estate in the Eastern Cape.

The infrastructure include a post office, police station, education college, magistrate's court, two filling stations and numerous retail outlets, not the least the Spar and other supermarkets, also hosting the major bank ATM's.

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.[2]


Whittlesea has two notable townships, Dongwe and Sada.


Some of the villages surrounding Whittlesea include;


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Whittlesea". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 474.