1853Friend 17 Sept.New dorp — Van Wyk’s Vley. The sale of Erven formerly advertised will positively be held on 19th October 1853 at Van Wyk’s Vley.
1878H.A. RocheOn Trek in TvlWe will fancy the ‘Dorp,’ or town where the ceremony is to be performed by their Dutch minister, or Predikant, to be Pretoria.
1898J.F. IngramStory of Afr. City 49By degrees the straggling Dorp began to assume shape, and the long open spaces of veldt..were built up or fenced off yard by yard.
1911P. GibbonMargaret Harding 134It was a small, stagnant veld dorp, in fact, one of hundreds that are littered over the face of the Colony, and have for their districts a more than metropolitan importance.
1920Contemp. Rev. (U.K.) Feb. 197In the dorps and the backveld, society, business, religion and politics are closely interwoven.
1938Rand Daily Mail 27 June 3If the chemists had not discovered how to extract low-grade ore cheaply..Johannesburg, instead of being a great vital city, would have been a dying, derelict dorp.
1948H.V. MortonIn Search of S. Afr. 248If you want to find out what pettymindedness is,..just come and live in a dorp like this.
1960C. HooperBrief Authority 25For most of my life I had dreaded the vacuous, depopulated, waste regions of South Africa, with their dreary little dorps, their occasional windmills, their dusty aridity, their ox-wagon mentality.
1966I. VaughanThese Were my Yesterdays 92If you go on living in a small country dorp your girls will grow up like pumpkins with no advantages.
1973Weekend Argus 21 Apr. 5I was depressed by the desperate ordinariness..of the average South African town or village. They really are just ‘dorps’ with everything the word connotes — one uninspiring main street in which filling station, hotel, church..intermingle with stereotyped shops and ‘kafees’.
1984L. Simpson inStyle July 109In South Africa the small hotels, the Centrals and Royals have always formed part of..dorp living.
1986R. BallenDorps 1What distinguishes these dorps from American or European villages is the sense of Africa and the presence of black people in these villages.
1991F.G. ButlerLocal Habitation 170As Professor Geoff Durrant remarked..: ‘White South Africans all know each other, or of each other. It’s an intellectual dorp.’
1992E. De Waal inChurch Times 13 Mar. 8We stop off at small dorps, towns where there may be no more than two or three streets dominated by a huge, white-painted Dutch Reformed Church.
1970E. StuartInformant, PinetownThe children from the onderdorp were a poorly dressed, ill-fed group, yet they seemed cheerful enough.
1914L.H. BrinkmanBreath of Karroo 264The mournful aspect that the little town of Victoria West presented for days after the flood still survives in the memories of the inhabitants...Almost every minister in the vicinity of each outdorp desired to take part in the funeral service.
A country town or village; sometimes derogatory, denoting a backward or unprogressive place; dorpie. Also attributive, and figurative.
Hence dorpdomnoun, the state of being a dorp; dorpenaarnoun/ˈdɔːpənɑː/, /ˈdɔrpənɑːr/ [Afrikaans, -enaar suffix denoting ‘an inhabitant of (a place)’], an inhabitant of a country village.
1928J.S. FranklinThis Union (1949) 121It is within the power of the ratepayers to decide and determine whether Bloemfontein is to go back to the humdrum existence of ‘dorpdom’ or..play a big and important part in the development of..this great sub-continent of ours.
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