Williston, Northern Cape

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Williston
Williston
Williston
Williston is located in Northern Cape
Williston
Williston
Williston is located in South Africa
Williston
Williston
Williston is located in Africa
Williston
Williston
 Williston shown within Northern Cape
Coordinates: 31°21′S 20°55′E / 31.350°S 20.917°E / -31.350; 20.917Coordinates: 31°21′S 20°55′E / 31.350°S 20.917°E / -31.350; 20.917
Country South Africa
Province Northern Cape
District Namakwa
Municipality Karoo Hoogland
 • Councillor (ANC)
Area[1]
 • Total 77.95 km2 (30.10 sq mi)
Elevation 1,070 m (3,510 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 3,368
 • Density 43/km2 (110/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 5.6%
 • Coloured 83.6%
 • Indian/Asian 0.8%
 • White 9.4%
 • Other 0.7%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 96.2%
 • Xhosa 1.3%
 • English 1.2%
 • Other 1.3%
Postal code (street) 8920
PO box 8920
Area code 053

Williston is a town in Northern Cape, South Africa. Town 103 km north-east of Calvinia and 140 km south-west of Carnarvon.

History[edit]

Williston was originally known as Amandelboom (literally "almond tree") due to the presence of a large almond tree planted in 1768 by Johan Abraham Nel to honour his son's birth. By the time a station was founded at the site by Rhenish mission under Johann Heinrich Lutz in[2] 1845 the tree had grown into a significant landmark in the dry and largely treeless area. A town grew around the station and it was declared a municipality in 1881. It was renamed in 1919 after Colonel Hampden Willis, Colonial Secretary in 1883.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Williston". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Williston". Northern Cape Tourism Authority. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 475. 
  4. ^ "Sutherland Karoo South Africa". Sutherland Information. Retrieved 2007-03-12.