Tulbagh, Western Cape

Founded: 1795

Named after Ryk Tulbagh, governor at the Cape.


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Laid out in 1795, the town was named after Ryk Tulbagh (1699-1771), Governor of the Cape from 1751-1771. The region was originally Land van Waveren, and this section, as a district, was named Tulbagh by JW Janssens in 1804. Tulbagh attained municipal status in 1861.

On 29 September 1969 a severe earthquake seriously damaged a number of buildings, including historic houses in Church Street. With financial support from various bodies, the Tulbagh Restoration Committee restored the historic buildings in this street and acquired many of the properties in order to restore and preserve the street scene as well. The houses are mostly in the Cape Dutch and Victorian styles, and date from the late eighteenth to the late nineteenth centuries.

[Richardson Deidré, 2001. Historic Sites of South Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers. p, 156.]

List of references:

Burrows, Edmund Hartford . 1994. Overberg Odyssey : people, roads and early days. Swellendam: Privately printed in co-operation with the Swellendam Trust. pp 6, 8, 40, 148
Drostdy Museum. s. a. [1974?]. De Oude Drostdy Tulbagh. Tulbagh: Drostdy Museum. pp All
Fagan, Gawie & Fagan, Gwen. 1975. Church Street in the Land of Waveren. Cape Town: Tulbagh Restoration Committee. pp All
Fransen, Hans. 2004. The old buildings of the Cape. A survey of extant architecture from before c1910 in the area of Cape Town - Calvinia - Colesberg - Uitenhage. Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball Publishers. pp 367-375
Fransen, Hans. 2006. Old towns and villages of the Cape. A survey of the origin and development of towns, villages and hamlets at the Cape of Good Hope. With particular reference to their physical planning and historical landscape. Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball. pp 83-87
Greig, Doreen. 1971. A Guide to Architecture in South Africa. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pp 221-222
Maeder, GA & Zinn, C. 1917. Ons kerk album van Hollandsche kerken en leeraren. Capetown: Cape Times. pp 30
Oberholster, JJ. 1972. The historical monuments of South Africa. Cape Town: Rembrandt Van Rijn Foundation for Culture at the request of the National Monuments Council. pp 96-97
Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1989. Historical Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: Struikhof Publishers. pp 75-77
Richardson, Deirdré. 2001. Historic Sites of South Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers. pp 156-160

List of structures:

Algemene handelaarswinkel: n.d..
Blockhouse: c1901.
Bokerk, Die: n.d..
Church Street 17: n.d..
Church Street 21: 1853.
Church Street 23 - Paddagang: n.d. : 1972-3.
Church Street 25: n.d..
Church Street 27: c1900.
Church Street 36 - Mon Bijou: n.d..
Church Street 42: n.d. : 1970.
Church Street 43 - Ballotina: 1814.
Drostdy: 1804 : 1934 : 1973-1974.
Drostdy Hotel: pre 1979.
Erf 255: n.d..
Erf 56: n.d..
Geboortehuis van H A Fagan: n.d..
House Bongi and Deane: 2015.
House Krone: 1979.
Kruis Valley Church: 1871.
Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk: 1973.
Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk: 1878.
Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk: 1927.
Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk - Now Museum: 1748 : 1795.
Nuwekloof Pass: 1860.
Old Gaol: n.d..
Old Mission Church: 1846.
Onderkerk, Die: n.d..
Parsonage, Old: 1765 : 1769.
Public school hostel: 1931.
Railway Bridge: n.d..
Roodezand Pass (also Roodesand, Tulbagh Kloof, Nuwekloof): 1859-1860.
Schools - Primary and High: pre 1910.
St Peter's Anglican Mission Union Church: n.d..