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Wellington is a historic town that lies in a picturesque valley on the banks of the Kromme River. Wellington has a rich cultural, religious and educational history. Wellington is well known for its educational institutions, which stemmed from Scottish and American influence and was initiated by Dr. Andrew Murray.

Originally known as Limiet Valley (border or frontier valley), the area became known as Val Du Charron or Wagenmakersvallei (Valley of the Wagonmaker) towards the end of the 17th century when the French Huguenots settled here. After the eventual establishment of the town in 1840, the name was changed to Wellington in honour of the Duke of Wellington, renowned soldier and conqueror of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.

The Huguenot College offers training to students in social, youth and missionary work. The Cape Technikon: Wellington Campus is the only institution in the Western Cape to offer educational training for teachers in the medium of Afrikaans.

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