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In the 1830s, a Boer Voortrekker named Daniel Elardus Erasmus left the Cape Colony and settled in the area near present-day Irene.Seeking economic and political independence in the hinterland, Erasmus built a farm that became known as Doornkloof.The current Scout grounds where donated by the van der Byls in 1958, at a time when they still owned most of the land in Irene.Irene lies within the town of Centurion; in 2000, along with the rest of Centurion, Irene was incorporated, into the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality.ISO 3166-2 Newsletter Number I-9 was published on 2007-11-28.It adds the names of the country, and of its divisions, in nine other South African languages. The City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality was created on 2000-12-05, by merging a number of smaller entities, including the Greater Pretoria Metropolitan Council.
The Pretoria City Council was downgraded to a local municipal council.
Nellmapius renamed the farm Irene Estate, after his daughter Irene Violet Nellmapius.
Irene is derived from the Greek word meaning peace.
In 1908, General Jan Christiaan Smuts—needing a home for his growing family—bought a third of the original Doornkloof farm.
He paid £300 for the wood and iron building which had served as the officers’ mess of the British forces in Middelburg during the Anglo-Boer War, and transported it to the site at Doornkloof.
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Irene was the site of one of the more than forty concentration camps where the British imprisoned the Boer (Afrikaner) women and children, whose homes had been destroyed as part of the British Army's 'scorched earth' policy during the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902).