1874 in South Africa

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The following lists events that happened during 1874 in South Africa.



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  • Work begins on the Cape Parliamentary buildings (the current South African houses of Parliament).
  • The Cape Government passes legislation to begin government funding of education and colleges.[5]
  • The South African Teachers' Association is established in the Cape.
  • The railway line from Port Elizabeth to Uitenhage is partially opened.
  • Work is begun on the Verlatenkloof pass, connecting the town of Sutherland with the southern Cape.[6]
  • The Molteno Government of the Cape passes a parliamentary act to redraw the provincial boundaries of the Cape Colony, from two provinces (Eastern and Western Cape) to seven.
  • The Molteno Regulations establish the South African public library system.[7]
  • The Burgerspond, the South African Republic's first coin, is introduced.


  • 4 July? – Moloko Temo, South African supercentenarian. (d. 2009)





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  2. ^ Archontology.org: A Guide for Study of Historical Offices, South African Republic (Transvaal): Heads of State: 1857-1877 (Accessed on 14 April 2017)
  3. ^ The British Empire: Griqualand West Administrators (Accessed on 16 April 2017)
  4. ^ Geni: Kmdt. Gert Andries Jacobus Alberts, b1c5d3e1 (Accessed on 17 April 2017)
  5. ^ South African History Online: Amersfoort Legacy - History of education in South Africa (Accessed on 17 April 2017)
  6. ^ http://www.samountainpasses.co.za/Home/WesternCape/Passes/KAROO/GannagaPass/tabid/548/Default.aspx
  7. ^ Friis, T. 1962. The public library in South Africa - an evaluative study. Cape Town: Afrikaanse Pers-Boekhandel. p.69
  8. ^ C.G.R. Numbering Revised, Article by Dave Littley, SA Rail May–June 1993, pp. 94-95.
  9. ^ Holland, D. F. (1972). Steam Locomotives of the South African Railways. 2: 1910-1955 (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. ISBN 978-0-7153-5427-8.