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How Darling Got its Name

Posted Wed, 19 Aug 2009 (5 years ago)

In another episode in our How the Dorp Got its Name series, we look at the origins of the name of Darling, a West Coast dorp.

The village is set in a beautiful part of South Africa - the West Coast enjoys exquisite wild flower displays in spring each year.

 

 

But today Darling is best-known for being the location of South Africa's own darling of the stage, Pieter Dirk Uys's theatre, Evita se Perron.

 

Pieter Dirk Uys (left) is South Africa's original satirist and a well-known AIDS activist,  also known as his alter ego Evita Bezuidenhout (right). The quaint and unusual theatre at Darling Station is a fascinating place to visit even if you can't fit in dinner and a show (though you really should!) - filled with cats reclining on every over-stuffed sofa, an eclectic mishmash of boer parafinalia, and old apartheid era signs throughout the bizarre garden.

 

But, however well the name Darling seems to fit the extreme luvvie-ness of all that it is now,  this otherwise quiet West Coast village name pre-dates Piter / Evita by some years...

 

According to Wikipedia:

 

"Darling is a small town in a farming area on the west coast region of the Western Cape, about 75km from Cape Town.

 

By the beginning of the 18th century about 29 farmers lived in an area called Groenkloof and on one of these farms, Langfontein, Darling was founded in 1853. It was named after Sir Charles Henry Darling who came in 1851 to the Cape as Lieutenant Governor."

 

So now you know!

 

Contact Portfolio for divine Darling accommodation and other benchmarked holiday accommodation on the West Coast.

 

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