31 October 2023

History of Milnerton, Cape Town

The old Wooden Bridge (in daily use) - Woodbridge Island  (Circa 1977)

The Wooden Bridge (in daily use) - WoodBridge Island  (Circa 1977)
 From The History of Milnerton by Eric Rosenthal Page 59 (Photo: Johan Du Plessis)

Suburb of Milnerton, Cape Town
The Cape Town suburb of Milnerton was established in 1902 on the site of the old farm, Janbiesjeskraal, and was named in honour of Sir Alfred Milner, Cape Governor 1897-1901. The railway line from Milnerton Junction reached Milnerton on 22 September 1904.
Source: SA History Museum

Exploring Milnerton’s Rich History >> TableTalk

History of Milnerton by Eric Rosenthal (1980)

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Book / PDF Book Chapters

  • Township in the Wilderness 
  • Wartime Worries 
  • Sales Campaign 
  • The Coming of the Railway 
  • An Old Time Outing 
  • A Rugby 'Ground' and other Schemes 
  • A Racecourse is Born 
  • Travelling Salesmen 
  • Better Times 
  • Shaping a Community 
  • The First World War and After 
  • Housing Schemes 
  • The First Local Board 
  • The 'Winton' 
  • A Leap Forward 
  • Another World War 
  • Chances for Ex-Soldiers 
  • Scheme for a Municipality 
  • The New Town 
  • Municipal Advance 
  • Table View and other Expansion 
  • Residential Growth 
  • Civic Spirit 
  • Black, Brown and White 
  • Planning Ahead 
  • Milnerton – Today 

Published by the Milnerton Municipality

Design and Art Direction Credit: Bob Baker, Cape Town

Colour Photography (Image Credit): Johan du Plessis, Cape Town

Draft Plan (with Images) for The Milnerton Wooden Bridge, Woodbridge Island 2008
The Wooden Bridge (Erf 20315 Milnerton) Heritage Statement & Conservation Management Plan Prepared in Compliance with Section 27 of the National Heritage Resource Act Act (NHTA) June 2008 View Draft Plan >>

Milnerton, Cape Town Historical Society Facebook Group 

Image from The History of Milnerton by Eric Rosenthal (1980)
Historic Milnerton Map

Additional Facts about Milnerton, Cape Town
"Milnerton is a suburb located on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. It is situated along the Atlantic Ocean coastline, approximately 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) north of Cape Town's city centre. Milnerton is known for its beautiful beaches, stunning views of Table Mountain, and its proximity to various attractions.

Some notable features and attractions in Milnerton, Cape Town, include:

1. Milnerton Beach: This expansive sandy beach offers breathtaking views of Table Mountain and is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and beach sports. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the ocean scenery.

2. Milnerton Golf Club: As mentioned earlier, Milnerton Golf Club is one of the oldest golf courses in South Africa. It offers a challenging 18-hole course with stunning views of Table Mountain and the surrounding area.

3. Canal Walk Shopping Centre: Located adjacent to Milnerton, Canal Walk is one of Africa's largest shopping malls. It features a wide range of stores, boutiques, restaurants, and entertainment options, making it a popular destination for shopping and leisure activities.

4. Woodbridge Island: Woodbridge Island is a residential area situated in Milnerton, known for its scenic canals, beachfront homes, and views of Table Mountain. It is a peaceful and picturesque neighborhood worth exploring.

5. Rietvlei Wetland Reserve: Rietvlei is a nature reserve situated in the Milnerton area. It is home to various bird species and offers walking trails, bird hides, and picnic spots for visitors to enjoy the natural surroundings.

6. Milnerton Lighthouse: The iconic Milnerton Lighthouse, located on Woodbridge Island, is a historic landmark that adds to the charm of the area. It has been a navigation aid for ships entering Table Bay since 1960.

Milnerton is well-connected to Cape Town's city centre and other suburbs through major roadways, such as the N1 and N7 highways. It offers a mix of residential areas, commercial establishments, natural beauty, and recreational opportunities, making it an attractive destination for both residents and visitors in Cape Town." (Source: ChatGPT 2023)

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