Maritzburg, noun

colloquial. Shortened form of Pietermaritzburg, the capital city of the former province of Natal. See also Sleepy Hollow.
Note:
At time of writing (1994) the issue of the capital of the new province of KwaZulu-Natal had not yet been decided.
1846 A Correspondent in Natal Witness 26 JuneThey..bear the same relation to Maritzburg with regard to distance, as the districts of Tulbagh, Worcester, Swellendam, c., do to the Cape.
1852 C. Barter Dorp & Veld 26Maritzburg..an English town rising out of the ruins of a Dutch dorp or village.
1855 J.W. Colenso Ten Weeks in Natal 188I saw in a humble shed at Maritzburg handsome chairs of yellow-wood.
1887 A.A. Anderson 25 Yrs in Waggon I. 56We had a very narrow escape on our return journey from Maritzburg.
1893 Charlotte in Cape Illust. Mag. May 310I am going to live in Maritzburg, Miss Donnington.
1911 Farmer’s Weekly 11 Oct. 171Farmers are now able to inoculate their sheep with ‘blue-tongue’ virus prepared at the Government laboratories at Pretoria and Maritzburg.
1926 M. Nathan S. Afr. from Within 235They opened stores in Durban and Maritzburg, and acquired property.
1939 M. Verity in Outspan 6 Oct. 55She wondered if they would see anything of David in Natal. They themselves were going on to Maritzburg.
1980 A. Paton Towards Mountain 4We British shortened the name to ‘Maritzburg’, and pronounced it in English fashion.
1990 A. Goldstuck Rabbit in Thorn Tree 59Everyone in Maritzburg is scared and they’re watching their kids, especially ones under about the age of seven.
1992 J. Dunn in Drum Dec. (Then & Now) 75The Maritzburg-born weightlifter..left the country after refusing to accept apartheid.
Shortened form of Pietermaritzburg, the capital city of the former province of Natal.
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