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Standerton was founded in 1878 on a farm called Grootverlangen. It was named after its owner Commandant Adriaan H. Stander. Standerson was granted municipal status in 1903.
During the First Boer War, a British unit was besieged by Boer forces who shelled them from a nearby hill. The besieged held out until the end of the war in February 1881.
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