Norvals Pont got its name from John Norval's Ferry across the Orange River
The Norval’s were comb makers when they arrived in South Africa in 1817. John Norval (snr) purchased the farm ‘Dapperfontein’ from Petrus Brits around 1840. The farm was on the bank of the Orange River. There was an abundance of tortoises in the area. The tortoise shells made the finest combs.
Norvals Pont History
In 1848 a brief but bitter war broke out between the British and Boer Republics to the North of the river. Sir Harry Smith’s British army need to cross the river to fight the Boers.