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Camperdown is a settlement in Umgungundlovu District Municipality in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. Town some 60km by road north-west of Durban (20km south-east of Pietermaritzburg). Laid out in 1865 on the farm Camperdown, named to commemorate the victory of the British navy under Admiral Adam Duncan over the Dutch fleet under Admiral Jan Willem de Winter in October 1797.


Economy


In the early 1840s, John Vanderplank's ship, the ''Louisa'', arrived in Durban. The ship was named after his fiancée who refused to leave England to live as a married couple in Tasmania. He planted black wattle as a windbreak but they flourished to the point where they were trees rather than shrubs. After the discovery of tannic acid for use in the tanning industry, the wattle industry grew. Wattle wood was also later found suitable for pulp and paper manufacturing.


Sources


* Erasmus, B.P.J. (1995). ''Op Pad in Suid-Afrika''. Jonathan Ball Uitgewers. . * Rosenthal, Eric (1967). ''Ensiklopedie van Suidelike Afrika''.

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{{Authority control Category:Populated places established in 1865 Category:Populated places in the Mkhambathini Local Municipality