William Pretorius Grave

William Pretorius Grave

A trade route found by Joao Albasini (ruins seen near Phabeni Gate) from Lydenburg to the coast ensured independence from Britan. Sent to investigate this such route was Karel Trichardt apart of the mission was a young companion called William Pretorius.

Leaving Lydenburg, they headed towards Delogoa Bay, taking the route past Pretoriuskop, down Voortrekker road past Ships mountain and towards the coast. It was near Ships mountain William Pretorius fell ill with malaria. It was decided that the mission would carry on and Pretorius would return with 2 Shangaans for medical assistance. Unfortunately the fever overcame him and he died under under the old Marula tree in 1848 near the current site of Pretoriuskop.

The 2 Shangaans hurried to Joao Albasini homestead to report what had happened and they returned and buried Pretorius. The peaked hill where Pretorius died became know at Pretoriuskop. And too this day arguments rage as to wether Pretoriuskop is named after William Pretorius who died under the Marula Tree, or after President Pretorius who visited in 1865. Guess we will never know and have the freedom of choice to believe which we want.

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