History of Elgin

Province: Western Cape
Coordinates:34.1486111 S- 19.0427778E
Municipality; Theewaterskloof

Elgin was named after Elgine Herold who sadly died from a snake bite when she was bitten somewhere near the Palmiet River. The farm Glen Elgin was bought in 1903 by the Italian/South African Molteno brothers who grew vegetables in the area. They later began growing deciduous fruit, this became a huge enterprise that dominated the fruit industry. In the 1950s they left their enormous network of farms in trust for the benefit of the workers.   James Molteno was rather forward-thinking, he also launched a movement to give the vote to women of all races.
Elgin was an outspan on the Kaapse Wapad to Caledon. The railway line was extended to Elgin when a suitable piece of land was found on which to build the station. For many years, this railway line was the main way used for produce from Elgin to reach consumers. Elgin has 3apple picking/packing co-operatives. picking season is from January to May.   Appletizer, the first apple juice free of additives and preservatives was launched in 1966The postal code in Elgin is 7180 (boxes only)


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Useful Numbers in Elgin

  • Police: Grabouw, 021 859 7700
  • Municipality; Grabouw-021 859 2507
  • Traffic department: Helderberg Traffic Department, Strand-021 865 4521
  • Fire: Grabouw Fire Station-021 859 5525
  • Water: 021 859 2507
  • Electricity: 021 859 2507
  • Ambulance:Grabouw Ambulance Services-028 212 9111
  • Post office; Grabouw-021 859 7700
  • Post agency; 0218593354
  • Library: Pineview Public Library; Grabouw-021 859 2507
  • Closest hospital;Elgin Medical Centre-021 859 2850
  • Pharmacy;Grabouw C H C Pharmacy-021 859 1301
  • SPCA: Grabouw Animal Welfare Society-076 549 6601
  • Museum ; 021 859 2042
  • Ratepayers association 0827839267
  • Schools; Closest schools are in Grabouw

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