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Douglas, Northern CapeDouglas is a town situated near the confluence of the Orange and Vaal Rivers in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. On this fertile soil nestles the town of Douglas. The town itself is a green patchwork of dramatic contrast - space for the solitary and activity for the energetic. Douglas is divided in three sections or locations named Bongani, Breipaal and Douglas.

Douglas lies about 120 km on the R357 road Southwest of Kimberley, the famous city of diamonds.

The town was founded in 1848 as a mission station on the farm Backhouse by the Reverend Isaac Hughes. In 1867, a group of Europeans from Griquatown signed an agreement giving them the right to establish a town. The town was named after General Sir Robert Percy Douglas, Lieutenant Governor of the Cape Colony.

 

This is probably the location of the action at Sunnyside Farm on 1 January, 1900, when Lt-Col Pilcher, commanding a mixed force of Australians, Canadians and Imperial troops from Maj-Gen Sir Elliott Wood's force at Belmont, surprised and routed a Boer commando. They then occupied the town of Douglas for one night before returning to Belmont. British casualties were 2 killed and 2 wounded; Boer losses are known to have been about 15 killed and 38 prisoners.

 

Douglas Weir is a dam on the Vaal River, near Douglas, Northern Cape. It was established in 1977.

 

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