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Image from page 189 of “Natal province : descriptive guide and official hand-book” (1911)
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Identifier: natalprovincedes00tatl
Title: Natal province : descriptive guide and official hand-book
Year: 1911 (1910s)
Authors: Tatlow, A.H South African Railways. Publicity Dept
Subjects: Railroads
Publisher: Durban, Natal : South African Railways Printing Works
Contributing Library: Robarts – University of Toronto
Digitizing Sponsor: University of Toronto

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Text Appearing Before Image:
Weenen Light Railway of Weenen. Some of the views along this line are very choice. Some 20 yearsago the Government constructed a water furrow at Weenen, and placed a largearea under irrigation. This was so successful that another on a much largerscale, and at a much higher level, was constructed about five years ago. Thetwo furrows irrigate about 3,500 acres from which almost anything can begrown, the soil being so prolific that grain, roots, and tobacco grow well, whilefruits are plentiful. Large quantities of lucerne are now being grown, and thecultivation of this fodder is likely to considerably increase. Ostrich farming 168 is also extensively carried on. The land under irrigation is divided into plotsof from 50 to 70 acres each, on the majority of which houses have been built,giving the village a very comfortable appearance. The population of Weenenis about the same as that of Estcourt, but the larger portion of the inhabitantsare the descendants of early Dutch pioneers.

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Umkolumba There are evidences of limestone deposits in the valley, coal is knownto exist in the neighbourhood, and also around Estcourt. Near Weenen is theUmkolumba Mountain, which was used as a heliographic station throughoutthe Ladysmith siege. Weenen has a sad yet stirring history. In the year1837, during their homeless wanderings, a band of Dutch emigrants from the Cape terri-tory lookeddown fromthe heightsof the Drak-ensberg uponthe 1 ovelyplains ofNatal. Choosingas theirleaders PietRetief andGert Maritzthey cam ethrough thewild passesof the moun-tains to thisthen savageland, pitched

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