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Electricity/Public Works(044) 203 3159
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Animal Pound(044) 203 3957
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Electricity/Public Works (044) 203 3159
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Traffic / Driving Licenses (044) 203 3162 / 3934
Cleansing Services / Law Enforcement (044) 203 3993 / 3990 / 3910
Animal Pound (044) 203 3957
Housing (044) 203 3900
Municipal Switchboard / Control Room (044) 203 3000 / 3121 / 3134 / 3147
Roads/Storm Water Services (044) 203 3174/3165

History of Oudtshoorn

First Ostrich Boom

The main reason for the large rise in prosperity was the ostrich, whose feathers had become extremely popular as fashion accessories in Europe; they were especially popular for use on hats. Between 1875 and 1880, ostrich prices reached up to GBP1,000 a pair. The farmers of the region, realising that ostriches were far more profitable than any other activity, ripped out their other crops and planted lucerne, which was used as feed for the ostriches. The rising wealth also finally allowed for the completion of the Dutch Reformed Church - it was opened on 7 June 1879.

First Ostrich Boom
The main reason for the large rise in prosperity was the ostrich, whose
feathers had become extremely popular as fashion accessories in
Europe; they were especially popular for use on hats.
Between 1875 and 1880, ostrich prices reached up to GBP1,000 a
pair. The farmers of the region, realising that ostriches were far more
profitable than any other activity, ripped out their other crops and
planted lucerne, which was used as feed for the ostriches. The rising
wealth also finally allowed for the completion of the Dutch Reformed
Church - it was opened on 7 June 1879.
Owing to overproduction, the ostrich industry experienced a sudden
slump in fortunes in 1885; the town’s misery was compounded when it
was hit by severe flooding during the same year, which washed away the
nearby Victoria Bridge, which had been built over the Olifants River only
the year before.

Last published 12 April 2016