Home > Place > Groutville

Albert Luthuli Image source

A Mission Station South-West of Stanger in Natal, South Africa. Established in 1844 by Reverend A Grout (1803-1894), of the American Missionary Society and named after him. Formerly it was known as Umvoti. Luthuli was born in 1898 near Bulawayo in a Seventh Day Adventist mission. His father died when he was an infant, and when he was 10 years old, his mother sent him to the family's traditional home, at Groutville mission station, in Natal. Luthuli then lived for a period in the household of his uncle, Martin Luthuli, who was at that time the elected Chief of the Christian Zulus inhabiting Umvoti Mission Reserve, around Groutville.

• New Dictionary of South African Place Names by Peter E. Raper
Google map: 

Last updated : 18-Jul-2017

This article was produced by South African History Online on 16-Jan-2017

Support South African History Online

Dear friends of SAHO

South African History Online (SAHO) needs your support.

SAHO is one of the most visited websites in South Africa with over 6 million unique users a year. Our goal is to fulfill our mandate and continue to build, and make accessible, a new people’s history of South Africa and Africa.

Please help us deliver this by contributing upwards of $1.00 a month for the next 12 months.

Make a donation here and send us a message of support.