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History of Stellaland, Vryburg, Kalahari, North-West Province.

The little-known area around Vryburg has an interesting history. In 1882 about 400 European mercenaries, mainly Dutch, were employed to help in a squabble between two local chiefs. In return they were given huge farms which, in August 1883, they declared a Republic with the name of Stellaland. It was named after the starry sky as they contemplated their future utopia around a campfire one night. The capital was called Vryburg, which means “Free Town”. Their independence was short-lived. In 1885 the British annexed it to the Bechuanaland Protectorate (Botswana) and sent the flag off to Queen Victoria who hung it in Windsor Castle with her other trophies. In 1934 King George returned it to Vryburg where it is now displayed in the museum. Vryburg is on the N14 east of Upington, which is at the intersection of the N14 with the N10. AIHistory

 

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Comment of M Plint Daughter of Asthore Galvin Born in Vryburg 29-06-1919:
To whom was it handed too. It would make for more interesting reading when names of people are used.
Added at: 2010-12-23 14:33