Anna Maria Petronella Bester

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About Anna Maria Petronella Bester

The biograghy of Anna Maria Petronella Bester (nee de Wet), is one of sixty biographies of the typical woman who established their homes in the Rhodesia of 1897-1923, in one of the books, Down Memory Lane with Some Early Rhodesian Women, written by Madeline Heald.

Mrs. Anna Maria Petronella Bester (nee de Wet) was born at Heilbron, Orange Free State, on 27 July 1879 and married Bernardus Hermanus Bester in Heilbron on 2 February 1897.

The Bester family trekked to Rhodesia by mule-wagons, arriving in Enkeldoorn on 1 October 1908. Their eldest daughter, Johanna Sophia (now Mrs. de Wet) relates the following in a letter dated 10 June 1976:......

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Anna Maria Petronella Bester's Timeline

1879
July 27, 1879
OFS, South Africa
1897
February 2, 1897
Age 17
Heilbron, OFS, South Africa
1900
May 5, 1900
Age 20
Estcourt, Uthukela DC, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
1903
February 21, 1903
Age 23
Frankfort,OFS, South Africa
1912
December 23, 1912
Age 33
1915
October 20, 1915
Age 36
1917
August 20, 1917
Age 38
1919
August 22, 1919
Age 40
1940
March 5, 1940
Age 60
Enkeldoorn, Rhodesia
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