Raadsaal, noun

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Also Raadzaal.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier South African Dutch raadzaal), raad council + saal hall.
historical
The council-chamber or parliament-house in which the legislative assemblies of the former Boer Republics sat; raad huis, see raad sense 3. Also attributive.
1893 Brown’s S. Afr. 184One of the first buildings erected in the town..has been a Church, a Raad Zaal and a Court House.
1899 D.S.F.A. Phillips S. Afr. Recollections 113I went over to Pretoria next day and visited the Raadzaal..and was accommodated with a seat.
1923 B. Ronan Forty S. Afr. Yrs 170When the Volksraad was sitting President Kruger always drove down to the Raadzaal about eight o’clock in the morning, accompanied by an escort of mounted police or Staats Artillerie.
1933 C.J. Uys In Era of Shepstone 311 (Swart)His sketch of the interior of the Raadsaal or Volksraad chamber, reminds the reader of Dickens’ description of an English bankruptcy court with its foul atmosphere and squalid appearance.
1948 H.V. Morton In Search of S. Afr. 238The harmony of Bloemfontein is in a great measure due to the buildings erected in the proper style for South Africa. The perfect little Raadsaal gave me great pleasure.
1955 A. Delius Young Trav. in S. Afr. 57The old Raadzaal, the Boer House of Parliament.
1972 S. Afr. Panorama Feb. 30The Appeal Court, the Town Hall, the Fourth Raadzaal (last home of the parliament of the old ‘Model Republiek’ and present seat of the Orange Free State Provincial Council).
1980 S. Afr. Panorama Aug. 26Some of the first newsreels ever filmed in South Africa showed top-hatted President Paul Kruger driving his State carriage to the Pretoria Raadzaal (Parliament), escorted by a body of smart ‘Zarps’ (cavalry police).
1989 Sunday Times 22 Oct. 28Tuks have set an example for a local city council that seems to believe that the clock on the Raadsaal tower stood still in the 19th century.
The council-chamber or parliament-house in which the legislative assemblies of the former Boer Republics sat; raad huis, see raad3. Also attributive.

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