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How Bosman's Crossing got its Name

Bosman’s Crossing is possibly best-known today for the Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market that takes place there every Saturday. It is an historical entrance into Stellenbosch, located under the slopes of the Onderpapegaaiberg area on the Plankenberg River.

In 1961 a bridge was built here leading into the village – the first public works project undertaken in the area.

In 1881 a gentleman by the name of Daniel Bosman was running a not entirely legal (so the story goes) brandy distillery on the site. At his request a single railway track link-up with the Stellenbosch station was built so that he could load his casks of spirits more easily on to the railway trucks. Other distilleries along the Plankenburg River also made use of the siding which was first known as Bosman’s Siding and later became Bosman’s Crossing.

Another interesting fact about the place is that Sir Donald Currie (donor of the renowned Rugby Currie Cup) was welcomed here in 1889 by the Stellenbosch townsfolk.

As for Papegaaiberg which looms above Bosman’s Crossing, this mountain got its name from a Dutch custom back in the 14th Century of marksmen who used a wooden ‘parrot’ (papegaai in Afrikaans) covered in metal sheeting and attached on to a long wooden post, as a target. This was set up on the flat stretch of land and muskets were fired in the direction of the ‘berg’.


So now you know!


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