Wolesley

Fruit growing and box making industry

History of Wolesley

Province: Western Cape
Winelands
Coordinates: 33°24′47″S 19°12′06″E
Area: 5.0 km2
Municipality: Witzenberg

The town of Wolesley was founded in 1875 on the farm Goedgevonden (Well found) and named after Sir Garnet Wolesley who was governor of Natal and supreme commander of the British forces at the time.

The first wool washery in the country was built in Wolesley and the first fruit cannery was built in 1936

Fruit industry in Wolesley

The Cape Orchard Company was begun in Wolesley by Leicester Dicey in the 1890s. He and his cousin built up a large fruit-growing industry along with supporting industries such as wooden crate building in the area. Tree nurseries were also established in order to grow strong trees. Railway lines were extended to Wolesley in order to transport the fruit to Cape Town.

Anglo-Boer war blockhouses

Stone blockhouses in the area were built by the British during the Anglo-Boer war in 1901 in order to protect Railway bridges. Many of these are in need of repair but the blockhouses in Wolesley are remarkably intact

The postcode for Wolesley is 6830.

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Useful Numbers in Wolesley

  • Police: 023 231 8000
  • Traffic department: Ceres 023 316 1997
  • Fire: 023 316 1997/8
  • Water: 023 3168547
  • Electricity; 023 3168540:
  • Ambulance: 10177 or Tulbagh-023 230 1326:
  • Post office; 023 231 0310
  • Library; 023 316 1854
  • Clinic; 023 231 1320
  • Pharmacy; Ceres-023 316 1233
  • S.P.C.A ;  Wellington-021 864 3726
  • Schools: Wolseley Secondary School-023 231 1120
    Witzenberg Primary School-023 231 0138
    Wolseley Primary School-023 231 0122
    W.F. Loots Primary School-023 231 0155
    Errie Moller Primary School-023 231 0382
  • Tourism; 082 835 7625

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