Upington (2508) on the north bank of the Orange, an agricultural centre, is the chief town in Gordonia, the western division of southern Bechuanaland.
Before Sir Charles Warren reached Africa, Sir Thomas Upington, the Cape premier, and Sir Gordon Sprigg, the treasurer-general, went to Bechuanaland and arranged a " settlement " which would have left the Boer filibusters in possession, but the imperial government refused to take notice of this " settlement."
Upington (2508) lies further west on the north bank of the Orange and is the largest town in the western part of Bechuanaland.
Mr Upington, a clever Irish barrister, was the man he selected, and under him was formed in 1884 what will always be known in Cape history as the " Warming-pan " ministry.
In 1886 Sir Gordon Sprigg succeeded Sir Thomas Upington as prime minister.