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Town in the Victoria east district, on the Tyume River, some 120km north-west, of East London. It was named in 1847, according to some authorities, by the Governor, Sir Peregrine Maitland, after Princess Alice, the 2nd daughter of Queen Victoria; and according to other sources by Sir Henry George Wakelyn Smith, after his sister Mrs. Alice Sargent! Municipal status was attained in 1852.

• New Dictionary of South African Names by Peter E Raper
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Last updated : 30-Nov-2016

This article was produced by South African History Online on 20-Sep-2016