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Afrikaans name: Barrydale


View of Barrydale

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Western Cape

The town of Barrydale is named after a rather interesting military surgeon who served in the British Army. James Miranda Stuart Barry lived his life as a man but actually declared to be female at birth and named Margaret Ann Bulkley. Barry worked hard to improve to improve army hospital conditions and provided assistance to the local natives. He was the first British surgeon to perform a successful caesarean section in Africa.

The area surrounding Barrydale is great for growing fruit trees including apples, oranges, pears, apricots, figs and grapes. The vineyards in the area produce good wine and brandy.

The mountains around the town are a paradise for nature lovers. Numerous mammals, birds and plants may be found. The Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve is located near the town.

Barrydale main street

Above - Barrydale main street

Photo © Johan van Zyl


References and further reading

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 108

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 94

Country Life - Issue 218 - Author: - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 43

Country Life - Issue 246 - Author: - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 23

Farm Stall to Farm Stall - Author: Jennifer Stern - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 34

Farm Stall to Farm Stall - Author: Jennifer Stern - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 36

Farm Stall to Farm Stall - Author: Jennifer Stern - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 37

Mooiloop! The Book - Author: SABC 2 - Year Published: 2016 - Page: 32

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 71

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 113

Road Tripping South Africa - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 56

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 129

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 45

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