History of Mouille Point

Province; western Cape
Coordinates; 33°54′03″S “18°24′20″E
Area; 0.34 km2
Municipality ; City of Cape Town

The name Mouille is French for anchoring ground

The name Mouille is French for anchoring ground. Many ships ran aground here in the early 1700s and the then-governor decided that a Mouille (breakwater) would help protect ships at anchor. The task began in 1743 when farmers, having delivered goods to the city, had to load up their wagons with stones and haul them off to Mouille point. Slaves and prisoners worked on the project but after 3 years of labouring only 100 metres had been completed and the project was abandoned due to high seas making it untenable. The French arrived in 1781 and they built a battery near the unsuccessful Mouille but still called this Mouille Point Battery.

A small suburb indeed

Mouille Point consists only of two roads and a lighthouse which was called Mouille Point lighthouse it was built in 1842 and was dismantled in the 1920s. The current lighthouse in Mouille Point is called Green Point lighthouse because of the tradition that a new lighthouse cannot take the same name as an old one.

The postcode for Mouille point is 8005

Things to see and do in Mouille point

  • The Mouille Point park is next to the lighthouse. It’s not enclosed but there are lots for children to do. Jungle gyms and a full mini racetrack. Bring toddler’s bikes with you.weather in mouille point today


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Useful Numbers in Mouille Point

Most services and amenities are in nearby Sea Point

  • Police: Sea Point-021 430 3700
  • Traffic department: Gallows Hill-0860 103 089
  • Fire: Sea Point 021 434 2020
  • Water: 0860 103 089
  • Electricity:0860 103 089
  • Ambulance: 10177
  • Post office; Sea Point-021 434 2315
  • Library: Sea Point -021 400 4184
  • Closest hospital; Somerset Hospital-021 402 6911
    Simunye Primary Health Care Sea Point – 021 439 7887
  • Pharmacy;Adelphi – 021 434 5888
  • SPCA:Cape of Good Hope SPCA-021 700 4140
  • Ratepayers Association:021 461 9101                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      [/vc_column_text]

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