Boland, noun

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Formerly also Bovenland.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier South African Dutch bovenland), bo upper + land land, region; an area of the Western Cape.
Usually attributive, designating places in and characteristic of the area of the Western Cape lying to the west of the Hex River Mountains.
[1822 W.J. Burchell Trav. I. 88Over the whole colony the words boven (upper), and boven-land, are used to signify those parts of it which are nearer to Cape Town, and often Cape Town itself; while onder (under), and onderveld, are the terms applied in contradistinction.]
1950 H.C. Bosman in S. Gray Makapan’s Caves (1987) 141I think of a little Boland dorp with white houses and water furrows at the side of the streets and oak-trees.
1968 H. Fransen in D.J. Opperman Spirit of Vine 200We arrive at the typical Boland wine cellar: a long thatched building..next to the homestead..grouped with the other outbuildings on the werf and provided with gables like the dwelling.
designating places in and characteristic of the area of the Western Cape lying to the west of the Hex River Mountains.
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Hence Bolander noun, one who lives in, or comes from, the Boland.
1934 G.G. Munnik Mem. of Senator 115The woman..said, ‘You dirty Bolander, do you beat my husband?’
1972 Sunday Times 15 Oct. (Mag. Sect.) 14They portray glimpses of farming practices, social usages and habits of life that set the Bolanders apart from the rest of Afrikanerdom.
1977 Cape Times 23 Dec. 8The Bolanders, the Kapenaars, too, one could say, have learnt to live with it for some ten generations now.
1985 S. Afr. Panorama May 7The Bolanders (uplanders) have been cultivating the vine for three centuries.
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