1903 in South Africa

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1903
in
South Africa

Decades:
See also:

The following lists events that happened during 1903 in South Africa.

Incumbents[edit]

Events[edit]

February
March
  • 12 – Andries Dreyer, an archivist of the Dutch Reformed Church, is ordained as a missionary of the congregation for the Hanover Street area in Cape Town.
May
  • 21 – The first contingent of Chinese labourers leave China to work on the Witwatersrand gold mines.
June
  • 4 – The Indian Opinion is started by Mahatma Gandhi with Mansukhlal Nazar as editor.
Unknown date
  • The County of Pembroke, a British cargo ship, is shipwrecked near Port Elizabeth.

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

  • 13 March – General David Johannes Joubert (Ou Kat), a South African explorer to East Africa, dies of malaria near Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
  • 8 August – Adolf Schiel, German-born officer in Boer armed forces. (b. 1858)

Railways[edit]

Railway lines opened[edit]

  • 19 February – Cape Central – Swellendam to Riversdale, 64 miles (103.0 kilometres).[1]
  • 28 February – Cape Western – Kalbaskraal to Hopefield (Narrow gauge), 46 miles 79 chains (75.6 kilometres).[2]
  • 22 March – Free State – Sannaspos to Thaba 'Nchu, 17 miles 3 chains (27.4 kilometres).[1]
  • 1 April – Free State – Harrismith to Aberfeldy, 20 miles 60 chains (33.4 kilometres).[1]
  • 27 April – Transvaal – India Junction to Driehoek (avoiding line), 55 chains (1.1 kilometres).[1]
  • 17 September – Natal – Mhlatuze to Somkele, 55 miles 17 chains (88.9 kilometres).[1]
  • 1 November – Transvaal – India Junction to New Canada, 14 miles 31 chains (23.2 kilometres).[1]
  • 12 November – Natal – Talana to Lucas Meyer, 50 miles 64 chains (81.8 kilometres).[1]
  • 14 December – Cape Eastern – King William's Town to Middledrift, 33 miles (53.1 kilometres).[2]
  • 14 December – Cape Midland – Cookhouse to Adelaide, 42 miles 52 chains (68.6 kilometres).[2]
  • 14 December – Cape Midland – Willowmore to Le Roux, 75 miles 49 chains (121.7 kilometres).[2]

Locomotives[edit]

Cape
Transvaal

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Statement Showing, in Chronological Order, the Date of Opening and the Mileage of Each Section of Railway, Statement No. 19, p. 184, ref. no. 200954-13
  2. ^ a b c d 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.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Holland, D.F. (1971). Steam Locomotives of the South African Railways. 1: 1859–1910 (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. pp. 52–54, 56, 59–61, 63–65, 68–71, 127–128, 130–132. ISBN 978-0-7153-5382-0. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Paxton, Leith; Bourne, David (1985). Locomotives of the South African Railways (1st ed.). Cape Town: Struik. pp. 18, 32, 39, 45, 48–50, 56, 82–84, 98, 111–112, 157. ISBN 0869772112. 
  5. ^ a b c Classification of S.A.R. Engines with Renumbering Lists, issued by the Chief Mechanical Engineer’s Office, Pretoria, January 1912, pp. 9, 12, 15, 36 (Reprinted in April 1987 by SATS Museum, R.3125-6/9/11-1000)
  6. ^ a b c Holland, D. F. (1972). Steam Locomotives of the South African Railways. 2: 1910-1955 (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. pp. 130–131, 136, 140. ISBN 978-0-7153-5427-8. 
  7. ^ Espitalier, T.J.; Day, W.A.J. (1944). The Locomotive in South Africa - A Brief History of Railway Development. Chapter II - The Cape Government Railways (Continued). South African Railways and Harbours Magazine, April 1944. pp. 254-255.
  8. ^ a b Dulez, Jean A. (2012). Railways of Southern Africa 150 Years (Commemorating One Hundred and Fifty Years of Railways on the Sub-Continent – Complete Motive Power Classifications and Famous Trains – 1860–2011) (1st ed.). Garden View, Johannesburg, South Africa: Vidrail Productions. pp. 232–233. ISBN 9 780620 512282.