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Historical sign at Ohrigstad
|• Total||99.24 km2 (38.32 sq mi)|
|• Density||5.2/km2 (14/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||48.6%|
|First languages (2011)|
|• Northern Sotho||35.7%|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (SAST)|
|Postal code (street)|
A fort was established by a group of Voortrekkers under the leadership of Andries Hendrik Potgieter with the help of a Dutch merchant Gregorius Ohrig. The settlers arrived in 1845 and were soon afterwards decimated by malaria and forced to abandon the area. Settlers only returned once the disease was under control. On the 14 May 1873, the area was proclaimed as a public gold field after the discovery of gold in the Selati River.
The Voortrekker, Pieter Willem Prinsloo, who left the Cape between 20 June 1837 and the end of March 1838, registered a farm Dorenhoek in the Ohrigstad area on 16 March 1846.
The Echo Caves are situated close to the town.
- "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20-26)" (PDF). pp. xlv–lii.
- "Main Place Ohrigstad". Census 2011.
- Nieuwoudt, C.F. (1964). Die Ontstaan en Ontwikkeling van die Uitvoerende Gesag in die Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek. Cape Town: Haum. p. 97.
- Visagie, Jan C. Voortrekkerstamouers 1835 - 1845. Protea Boekhuis. Pretoria. 2011. Page 406 - 407.
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