In 1828, Harry Smith and his wife came to South Africa where he eventually served as governor of Queen Adelaide province in the Eastern Cape, becoming popular with both Xhosa and Boer in the area. He was moved to India and fought in the First Anglo-Sikh War of 1845-46. After victory over the Sikhs at the town of Aliwal, Smith was knighted and became Sir Harry Smith, and he was appointed governor of the Cape in 1847.
The town of Whittlesea was mis-named after Sir Harry Smith's birthplace of Whittlesey in England.
Today, thanks to people like Ronnie and Janet Verhornvineyards near Whittlesea are not only offering the future prospects of their fruit producing wines for the Eastern Cape for the first time, but also giving hope to a vision of the empowerment of locals and development of the area.
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