This village was established in 1847 as a military outpost to protect white settlers. It was named after Whittlesea, the hometown of the then Governor of the Cape, Sir Harry Smith. A British officer fortified five houses during the War of Mlanjeni (1850 to 1853), when the Xhosas besieged the settlement. One of these, which now forms part of the Post Office Complex, is still standing.
Adventure And Sport
Water Sport: The Waterdown Dam, situated on the Klipplaat River can be reached by road from Whittlesea. It allows trout-fishing, canoeing, wind-surfing, skiing and sailing.
History And Architecture
Bulhoek Massacre Site: The Bulhoek massacre took place when members of an African religious sect called the “Israelites”, who insisted on independence from the government of the day, were mowed down by police.
Kamistone Mission: The mission station is situated not far from Whittlesea. The famous explorer and artist, Thomas Baines, designed the lovely old mission church.