DutchShow more Dutch request application (the modern form being rekwest).
1.An application for a grant of land; the certificate serving as a title deed to land granted on ‘request’.
1827G. ThompsonTrav. 157A boor, upon discovering water on a sufficient quantity of unoccupied land, forwards, through the secretary of his district, what he terms a ‘request’ for a place, — that is, a memorial, asking for a grant of 6000 acres.
1912Diamond Fields Advertiser 2 Sept. 7 (Pettman)On the purchase of these lands from the natives of the O.F.S. Government issued titles to those who had acquired them in the form of requests or ‘certificates’.
2.In the phrasesrequest farm, request place [translation of Dutch requestplaats ‘application farm’, see placenoun1] a grant of land (not exceeding 3000 morgen) for which any qualified burgher was allowed to make application.
Request farms were granted under Dutch rule at the Cape and later in the Orange Free State and South African Republic.
1831S. Afr. Almanac & Dir. 197The Rents hitherto received by the Colonial Government have not yet exceeded a third of the sum likely to accrue to the Revenue when the survey of the numerous ‘Request Farms’ now in progress shall have been completed and the occupiers put in possession of their title deeds.
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 398Request Farm, In the early days in the Orange Free State and South African Republic, farms not exceeding 3000 morgen were granted to applicants who signed their names in the Field Cornet’s Register and undertook to remain permanently in the country. The application or ‘rekwest’ being registered the applicant could choose a vacant site, and at the next meeting of the Land Commission the grant would be confirmed. Farms granted thus were known as Request Farms.
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