location, noun

Origin:
EnglishShow more Special senses of general English location place.
I. Rural.
1. Obsolete except in historical contexts A smallholding or farm. a. An area of land granted in 1820 to a group (or ‘party’) of British settlers on the eastern frontier of the Cape Colony, and divided up for individual possession; party sense 2. b. The farm granted to an individual settler (or settler family) from the party’s land.
1820 G. Barker Journal. 17 Apr.Mr Bailey’s party left the Bay for their location.
1988 P. Edgar in Personality 25 July 68The removing of all military protection from the Coombs Valley locations had allowed cattle theft to grow alarmingly.
c. transferred sense obs. A small area of land owned or occupied by any group or individual.
1828 J. Philip Researches II. 253An industrious Hottentot..possessed a small location in this vicinity.
1843 Cape of G.H. Almanac & Annual Register 344A tract of land situated on the S side of the town has been divided into 24 locations occupied chiefly by labourers of Hottentot descent.
d. historical. An area of land on a farm, set aside by the farmer for his labourers to occupy and cultivate. Also attributive.
1843 J.C. Chase Cape of G.H. 253One extensive wine-merchant possesses a good farm, several small locations, 2500 wool sheep, 150 cattle and two waggons.
1985 Platzky & Walker Surplus People 75Most of the Africans living on white farms were fulltime servants. Some were cash tenants or sharecroppers on what came to be known as ‘private locations’ — white-owned land given over entirely by its owner to African tenants.
2. Obsolete except in historical contexts Especially in Natal: reserve. Occasionally with qualifying word, rural location. Also attributive.
1846 Myson in Natal Witness 13 Mar.Presuming that it is the intention of the Government to appoint them spots for permanent locations.., a land tax will be..reasonable.
1989 Reader’s Digest Illust. Hist. of S. Afr. 155In 1846 a so-called Locations Commission was set up [in Natal] to explore a proposal..to establish ‘six or more locations, keeping them, if possible, a little way removed from the contaminating influence of the chief town and port’.
II. obsolescent. Urban.
3.
a. township sense 2 a. Also attributive.
Note:
Occasionally used of a residential area for any group which was not white (see quotations 1903, 1956, 1977). ‘Location’ is now avoided by many, being replaced by ‘township’.
1880 E.F. Sandeman Eight Months in Ox-Waggon 31At seven o’clock at night the ‘curfew’ bell tolls. After that every kaffir found in the town, or away from his location, is put in ‘trunk,’ as the goal is denominated throughout South Africa.
1990 Weekend Mail 14 Sept. 7The first townships, known then as ‘locations’, were given names that were memorials to people — Sophiatown outside Johannesburg after the wife of a land developer; Lady Selborne beyond Pretoria for the wife of a colonial master, and kwaMashu in Durban is the Zulu corruption of Marshal, the name of the farmer who previously owned the land.
b. In the phr. location in the sky, see quotation 1967.
1957 D. Rycroft in Afr. Music Vol.1 No.4, 33Any evening of the week in Johannesburg, small groups of Bombing enthusiasts are to be heard rehearsing in hostel rooms, on balconies, in back yards or in the servant’s quarters at the top of luxury blocks of flats (nicknamed ‘locations in the sky’).
1968 Cole & Flaherty House of Bondage 92In luxury apartment buildings the servant’s quarters are usually built atop the flat roof — a double row of connecting cell-like rooms humorously referred to as ‘locations in the sky’.
c. comb.
location boy rare, see quotation. See also tsotsi sense 1. Cf. boy sense 1 b .
1963 Wilson & Mafeje Langa 22The townees or tsotsis are also called ‘location boys’.
A smallholding or farm.
An area of land granted in 1820 to a group (or ‘party’) of British settlers on the eastern frontier of the Cape Colony, and divided up for individual possession; party2.
The farm granted to an individual settler (or settler family) from the party’s land.
A small area of land owned or occupied by any group or individual.
An area of land on a farm, set aside by the farmer for his labourers to occupy and cultivate. Also attributive.
reserve. Occasionally with qualifying word, rural location. Also attributive.
township2 a. Also attributive.
see quotation 1967.
see quotation.
Derivatives:
Hence locationized adjective nonce, placed in locations.
1971 Daily Dispatch 16 Oct. 8The Coloureds in the Kliptown-Eldorado are locationised with rows upon rows of bee-hive type homes, no sidewalks, dusty streets with dark streets.

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