Greytown is a town situated on the banks of a tributary of the Umvoti River
in a richly fertile timber
-producing area of KwaZulu-Natal
, South Africa
Greytown was established in the 1850s and named after the governor of the Cape Colony
Sir George Edward Grey
who later became Premier of New Zealand
. A Lutheran
church was built in 1854. A church bell which was brought to the town for the Dutch Reformed Church
in 1861 to summon worshipers. The Dutch
congregations were the centre of a series of theological arguments and the church bell was stolen and buried, only to be found 74 years later upon the construction of some cottages near the old church. A strikingly designed Town Hall was opened in 1904. In 1906 following a poll tax and other oppressive measures imposed on the Zulus
, the Bambatha Rebellion
The final resting place of Sarie Marais
is at Greytown. Sarie was a legendary Voortrekker
woman who died, aged 37, with the birth of her 11th child and is immortalised by the eponymous
song, an indelible part of South African culture.
, the Second Boer War
General and first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa
, was born on a farm 5 km south of Greytown. The old farmhouse was destroyed by British Forces during search and destroy operations. Louis Botha led the Boer forces during their victory over the British at the Battle of Spion Kop
Artist Wonderboy Nxumalo
was born in Greytown, and died there in 2008."Wonderboy Nxumalo 33"
''South African Art Times'' (September 2008): 12.
Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg, a private school away from Greytown, offers a bus service for students who reside in Greytown.
Wembley College is also a private school in Greytown. It has boarding and does the Cambridge system.
" Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg. Retrieved on November 6, 2015.
Category:Populated places in the Umvoti Local Municipality
Category:1850s establishments in the British Empire