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Afrikaans name: Sutherland

Observatory at Sutherland

Astronomical telescopes in Sutherland

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Northern Cape

Sutherland was originally founded in 1723 when the Dutch Reformed Church established a church in the area to serve the needs of local sheep farmers.

The town is perhaps best known as the site for the South African Astronomical Observatory which is located near the town. The night skies are often clear and dark making the area a good choice for astronomers.

Sutherland is the coldest town in South Africa (although folks in Memel dispute this) and snow is common in winter.

The main farming activity in the area is still sheep farming. There are also a number of commercial activities related to tourism as Sutherland has become a popular place to visit.

Sutherland weather



References and further reading

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 662 - Author: - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 16

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 662 - Author: - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 18

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 351

Getaway - Vol 32 No 2 - Author: - Year Published: 2020 - Page: 87

Of Hominins, Hunter-Gatherers and Heroes - Author: David Bristow - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 233

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 306

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 87

Road Tripping South Africa - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 19

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 49

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