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Attraction Name: First electric street lights in George
CATEGORY:: Cultural Attractions
Type: Anecdotes
Description of Attraction: George Town Council minutes of 1907 record: Lighting the streets: Resolved that the committee recommended six lamps with column stand posts fitted with 50 candle-power burners and three separate lamps with brackets be ordered for the purpose of lighting the streets and the lamps be erected on the main street corners.

The lamps cost £5 each and permission would have to be obtained from the ratepayers for more expenditure if more than nine lamps. Mr Gerber was against the expenditure on lamps. The council should spend the money on roads and open up some of the lanes in town. But it took until New Year’s Eve of 1925 when Mayor John Urban called ‘Let there be light’ and pressed a switch and lo and behold, the streets of George were flooded with electric lights for the first time.

The first telephone was installed in 1910.

Compiled by Lynne Thompson

For more information on the History of George & the surrounds, please contact the George Museum on 044 873 5343, 9 Courtenay Street, George, 6530
Town: George
Region: Garden Route, South Africa
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Registration Date: Sep 24, 2014
First Name: Garden Route Meander
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