1872 in South Africa

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The following lists events that happened during 1872 in South Africa.



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  • The Cape Government Railways is established under Cape Act 10 and takes over the operation of all private railways in the Colony, consisting of altogether 63 miles 26 chains (101.9 kilometres) of track from Cape Town via Stellenbosch to Wellington and from Salt River to Wynberg.[4][5]
  • The Cape Colony Government protests against the British annexation of Griqualand West, which is incorporated as a separate British colony.
  • The Voluntary Bill is passed in the Cape, abolishing state subsidies for the Anglican Church.




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  1. ^ Archontology.org: A Guide for Study of Historical Offices, Orange Free State: Heads of State: 1854-1902 (Accessed on 14 April 2017)
  2. ^ a b c Archontology.org: A Guide for Study of Historical Offices, South African Republic (Transvaal): Heads of State: 1857-1877 (Accessed on 14 April 2017)
  3. ^ a b First Cape Cabinet Formed - John Molteno Premier (Accessed on 16 April 2017)
  4. ^ Holland, D.F. (1971). Steam Locomotives of the South African Railways. 1: 1859–1910 (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. ISBN 978-0-7153-5382-0. 
  5. ^ Report for year ending 31 December 1909, Cape Government Railways, Section VIII - Dates of Opening and the Length of the different Sections in the Cape Colony, from the Year 1873 to 31st December, 1909.
  6. ^ Pioneer, Little Bess & Mliss