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1895 Opening of the Delagoa Bay railway bronze medallion

1895 Opening of the Delagoa Bay railway bronze medallion

1800s  Boer
1 was available / Secondhand
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Joined 12 Oct 2009
Cape Town
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1895 Opening of the Delagoa Bay railway medallion

  • Diameter : 44mm
  • Bronze
  • Violet/Olive toning on the Paul Kruger side.

The opening of the DELAGOA BAAI RAILWAY, 1895. These pieces were issued at the official opening occassion of this railway on the 8th -10th july 1895, although the railway was operational from the beginning of the year.

 Thomas Selby Tancred, 8th Baronet (1840–1910), a mining and railway engineer who was a contractor for the Pretoria-Delagoa Bay railway. Hectorspruit the town and stream, is named after a dog belonging to S de Kock, chief surveyor of the Pretoria - Delagoa Bay railway line. The town Machadodorp, grew around a station originally named Geluk, after the sheep farm it was built on, but in 1894 the name was changed to honour Major Joachim Machado, an engineer who had surveyed the land for the proposed Pretoria-Delagoa Bay railway line. 

The settlement became a capital for a few months from 5 June 1900, but was only declared a municipal town in 1904. This quirk in history happened during the Second Boer War when the Transvaal Volksraad made the town their temporary seat, using railway carriages as their offices and mint after they had to evacuate Pretoria in the face of a British invasion.

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