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Middelburg, Eastern Cape

Afrikaans name: Middelburg

Middelburg street

Middelburg street

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Eastern Cape

See also Middelburg in Mpumalanga province

The Eastern Cape town of Middelsburg takes its name from the fact that it is midway between Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth. It has a population of around 20,000 inhabitants and was established in 1852.

Middelburg owes its existence to sheep farming and the production of merino wool in particular. The Grootfontein Agricultural College, which was originally a British military camp, specialises in research and the training of people in the wool industry.

There are a number of old buildings that are of interest including those at the Grootfontein Agricultural College. The town has a museum that is in a building which once served as a school for the underpriveleged by the Dutch Reformed church.

Reformed Church

Above - Reformed Church (1862) - The oldest Reformed Church in South Africa

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Wardens house

Above - The house where the warden of the first prison stayed

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Middelburg scenery

Above - Beautiful scenery near Middelburg in the Eastern Cape

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Shop in Middelburg area

Above - Roadside shop near Middelburg

Photo © Johan van Zyl


References and further reading

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 131

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 129

Country Life - Issue 244 - Author: - Year Published: 2016 - Page: 24

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 310

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 148

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 287

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 60

Things ewe never kn'ewe about South African place names - Author: Ann Gadd - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 140

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