Electric lights are installed in Adderley Street, Cape Town.


Present day Adderly Street in Cape Town - Source:www.southafrica-travel.net

Thursday, 13 October 1881

Adderly Street is possibly the most historically rich street in Cape Town. It gets its name from the man who vehemently opposed a proposal by the British to turn Cape Town into a convict colony, Charles B. Adderly. On 13 October 1881, the street got its first electric lights installed.

Today the street is a main attraction for tourists in Cape Town. It is in close proximity to other attractions like the Old Slave Lodge Museum, Groote Kerk (the oldest church in South Africa) and the Company Gardens. During Christmas, the street comes alive with light fixtures.



• Taj Cape Town, Adderly Street through the years, [online] Available at www.tajcapetown.co.za [Accessed:9 October 2013]
• Leeuwendaal D.,
 Bright Days In Our History, [online], Available at www.capetown.gov.za [Accessed: 9 October 2013]
• South African History Online, Adderley Street, [online], Available at 
www.sahistory.org.za [Accessed: 9 0ctober 2013]

Last updated : 09-Oct-2013

This article was produced for South African History Online on 10-Oct-2012