Christoffel Johannes Herbst (1877 - 1948)

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Birthplace: Roodepoort, Heilbron, South Africa
Death: Died
Occupation: Farmer; Veeboer
Managed by: Pieter Johannes Taljaard
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About Christoffel Johannes Herbst

Heilbron Refugee Camp

Personal Details

Name: Mr Christoffel Herbst

Born in camp? No

Died in camp? No

Gender: male

Race: white

Marital status: married

Nationality: Free State

Occupation: squatter

Registration as head of family: Yes

Unique ID: 122371

Camp History

Name: Heilbron RC

Age arrival: 25

Date arrival: 08/08/1902

Date departure: 17/08/1902

Reason departure: returned home

Destination: Roodepoort

Stock into camp: Yes

Farm History

Name: Roodepoort

District: Heilbron


Type: no oath of neutrality


Mr Christoffel Herbst

is the husband of Mrs Magdelena Herbst


Title: SRC 81 Heilbron CR

Type: Camp register

Location: Free State Archives Repository

Reference No.: SRC 81

Notes: p.068

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Christoffel Johannes Herbst's Timeline

August 8, 1877
Heilbron, South Africa
August 25, 1896
Age 19
South Africa
Age 19
Heilbron, South Africa
July, 1899
Age 21
- 1902
Age 22
South Africa

Although it was a small camp, Heilbron was unusual in several respects. This area in the northern Free State might appear flat and uninteresting – the The camps were formed by the British army to house the residents of the two Boer republics of the South African Republic and the Orange Free State. They were established towards the end of 1900, after Britain had invaded the Boer republics. This database was designed to investigate mortality and morbidity in the camps during the war. Although it will include everyone listed in the registers during the war, it usually excludes returning prisoners-of-war and men who came back from commando at the end of the war, as well as the considerable movement of people which took place after 31 May 1902, when families were repatriated to their homes.

Heilbron district commissioner complained that nearby Viljoen’s Drift was ‘Just a lot of tin houses on both sides of the Railway the whole in the midst of a sandy desert’ - but it was the heart of the maize growing area. Coal mining took place at nearby Viljoen’s Drift and the Vereeniging Estates included relatively prosperous black tenant farmers. In July 1900 the newly-appointed assistant district commissioner reported that there were about five hundred Africans employed on the mines as well. They were ‘unruly’, he complained. Uneasiness about the black population continued with reports of ‘impertinence’ towards unprotected women; some farm labourers were unwilling to work, it was said.

October 21, 1948
Age 71
Age 70
South Africa