1.In full outspan place:a.historical. In the days of waggon transport: land near a public road, set aside for public use, on which travellers broke their journey or camped while allowing their draught-animals to rest and graze.b.transferred sensecommonage.c.figurative.Any place at which one may break a journey (see Prance quot. at 1937).d.In recent times: any piece of land formerly designated as an outspan place. Also attributive. In all senses formerly also called uitspannoun.
[1812A. Plumptretr. ofH. Lichtenstein’s Trav. in Sn Afr. (1928) I. 19One of the many stations to which the name of Auspannplatze was given, because they ‘were established by the Government for the benefit of travellers as resting-places.’]
1821C.I. LatrobeJrnl of Visit 167A team or set of oxen or horses put to a waggon, is called by the Dutch a Spann, and those places in the wilderness, where halt is made and the oxen unyoked, an Outspann-place.
1822W.J. BurchellTrav.I. 92These uitspan or outspan places, are, in fact, the caravanserays of the Cape.
1827G. ThompsonTrav. 100Found another Bushman family at our outspann.
1827G. ThompsonTrav. 304The cattle are grazed on the outspann places set aside for public use.
1835A. SmithDiary (1940) II. 61Went up to the front wagons and led them to a spot fixed as an outspan.
1884G.C. Cato inNatal Mercury (letter)I must leave out a lot of matter that took place between the Surveyor-General and myself about roads, outspans, seaboards, reserves.
1898W.C. ScullyVendetta 129Its owner’s intention being to wait for his travelling companion at the next outspan place, where water and pasturage were known to be good.
1903E.F. KnightS. Afr. after War 162According to the old Free State law, each farm has to provide a public outspan where sheep and cattle can graze and water when travelling.
1910Act 11 inStat. of Union (1911) 202It shall not be lawful for any tick-infested cattle to be upon..any public outspan or commonage.
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 355At intervals along the roads in South Africa spaces are beaconed off, some public, others private, where animals may be allowed to be outspanned and allowed to graze; these spaces are known as ‘outspans’.
1948George & Knysna Herald 21 May 8Several more outspans falling under the control of the Divisional Council are to be advertised for lease.
1951L.G. GreenGrow Lovely 206The old outspans are appreciated by picnic and braaivleis parties. If you have travelled not less than five miles you are legally entitled to outspan facilities, including the right to pitch a tent for twenty-four hours.
1952B. DavidsonReport on Sn Afr. 58Along the roadside at frequent intervals, now, there were crescent-shaped notices set on posts with the word outspan written on the crescent — the traditional camping sites for trek wagons.
1958F.G. Butler inR.M. MacnabPoets in S. Afr. 12I stopped at the outspan place to watch..A little fire leaping near a wagon.
1961D. BeeChildren of Yesterday 2Back at their outspan the Swazi was asleep in a few minutes, wrapped in his single blanket beneath the jeep.
1970S. Afr. Panorama June 31The transport-riders gradually disappeared from the scene and with them the game at the outspan places also disappeared.
1971Grocott’s Mail 11 June 3Letting of Outspans. Notice is hereby given that in terms of Section 168 of Ordinance No. 15 of 1952 that it is the intention of the Divisional Council of Albany to let by Public Auction..the grazing rights of the Outspans hereunder described for a period of five years...(1) Fletchers Outspan, in extent 176.2022 Hectares situated alongside the Fort Beaufort Trunk Road, approximately 18 miles from Grahamstown.
1971Grocott’s Mail 27 July 3The days of the voortrekkers are gone, and divisional councils no longer need outspans.
1975Friend 25 June 8There were many places along those roads — mostly outspans — where transport riders could rest awhile before proceeding on their long journeys.
1982E. Prov. Herald 23 June 3Three outspans in the eastern sector of the Dias Divisional Council are to be turned into nature reserves.
1985S. Afr. Panorama Feb. 33The two caravan parks were formerly outspans for grazing horses and cattle.
1824S. Afr. JrnlNo.1, 28The ennui of a dreary journey or an evening outspann in the interior.
1838J.E. AlexanderExped. into Int.I. 18We journeyed onward,..enjoying our gipsy outspan in the middle of the day.
1871W.G. Atherstone inA.M.L. RobinsonSel. Articles from Cape Monthly Mag. (1978) 94An old track..led us all right until dark, when we lost it again, and wandered away till prudence suggested an outspan.
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