Information on Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Conference Venues South Africa brings you information on Newcastle situated in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa including information on Facilities and Recreation, Climate, Founding, History Suburbs, Town Planning and Geography.
History of Newcastle
The town started off life as Post Halt Two on the journey between Durban and the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek and Johannesburg. The town was strategically placed in 1854 by the Surveyor General of the Natal Colony, Dr PC Sutherland. The town was later known as the Waterfall River Township because of the Ncandu River. In 1864, the town of Newcastle was founded on the site, becoming the fourth town to be established in Natal after Durban, Weenen and Pietermaritzburg. Newcastle was named after the British Colonial Secretary, the Duke of Newcastle. In 1870, the Fort Amiel was built to ward off the Zulus. In 1873, Newcastle became a separate electoral division. To commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee a sandstone construction of a town hall started in 1897, being completed two years later. The town was used as a depot by the British during both the First and Second Boer War. Newcastle functioned as a significant transport junction and popular stopover for wagons and post chaises during the late 1800s. British preparation work for the Pretoria Convention of 1881 was done at Newcastle. In 1890, the first train arrived in Newcastle. In 1891, Newcastle was declared a borough. The discovery of coal brought a new era of prosperity, and some ambitious construction projects were planned.
Towns and Suburbs of the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa
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