History

Province:Western Cape
Coordinates: 33.517°S 18.467°E
Area: 1.87 km2
Municipality; City of Cape Town

 Mamre, 17 kilometers away from Darling is a pretty mission settlement, with neat rows of whitewashed cottages, each one having its own little garden with stately oak trees. It was established in the late 1600s by Cape Governor, Simon van der Stel. Mamre was previously called Groenkloof. This outpost was established as a military and cattle post that would protect settlers and their cattle from the Khoikhoi. The military outpost was known as De Kleine Post and was established here in 1701.

The outpost served as a trading station until it was closed in 1791 It was then established as a mission by Kohrhammer and Schmitt, two Moravian missionaries from Germany. This was welcomed by Lord Caledon Cape governor In 1808.  The missionaries used abandoned military buildings and built a school and a church which are now national monuments. They also built a watermill, dated 1844. The Moravian Church founded its second mission station here in 1808. The town was named Mamre in 1854 after the biblical Mamre which means ‘fatness’. The settlement became a centre for education. Community members were trained in various skills.

There are several heritage buildings to see such as “Long House, farmhouse”. This served as barracks for the garrison between 1701 and 1791. The Parsonage was built in 1701 and the mission church with its Cape Dutch gable was built in 1814 The school, stables, bakery, packing shed, and water mill can still be seen today. The water mill built in 1844, is a museum. 33°30’28.86″ S 18°28’18.10 E This mill replaced the horse mill which had been built in 1830. The iron parts were obtained from a disused mill in Cape Town.

The oldest building in the village was built in1697 as a homestead but in the 18th century it was used as a barracks for the garrison that was stationed there to protect the farmers against stock thieves

The church in Mamre is still used for services.

Postal codes for Mamre (street) 7349. PO box. 7347

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Useful Numbers

  • Police: 021 576 0693
  • Traffic department: Atlantis Traffic Department-021 444 1330
  • Fire: Atlantis Fire Station-021 444 4260
  • Water: 0860 103 089
  • Electricity:0860 103 089
  • Ambulance: 10177
  • Post office;021 576 100
  • Closest hospital;Mamre Community Health Centre-021 576 1175
  • Mamre Community Centre/Paradise Lane Hall and Mamre Community hall:021 444 3605 
  • Library:021 576 1661
  • Pharmacy;Clicks – Atlantis-021 572 2492
  • SPCA: 021 700 4140
  • Schools:Mamre Primary School-021 576 1115                                                                                                                                                                                                                              [/vc_column_text]
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