The first plots are sold in Mayfair on the West Rand

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Langlaagte Farm 1886

Monday, 24 August 1896

The Johannesburg suburb of Mayfair was laid out the farm Langlaagte No.258, the farm on which gold was discovered in the late 1800s.

The mineral rights of Langlaagte were bought by J.B Robinson in 1886, and the first plots were sold on 24 August 1896, after the land was surveyed by Government surveyor M.C. Vos.

The suburb is thought to have been named after the well-known London district.

References:
• Meiring,H, Van Der Waal, G-m., and Jonker, A., "Early Johannesburg, its buildings and its people", (early Johannesberg), pp 100
• Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds)(1970) Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, NASOU: Cape Town, v. 7, p. 258.

Last updated : 22-Aug-2013

This article was produced by South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011

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