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Cornelia Johanna Dekker

Also Known As: "Cornelia Johanna Herbst"
Birthplace: Paardekop, Dundee, Natal, South Africa
Death: Died in South Africa
Cause of death: Measles & Pneumonia
Place of Burial: Volksrust Refugee Camp, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Johannes Hendrikus Dekker and Alida Maria Maria Gunter
Wife of Marthinus Johannes Hendrik Herbst, b3c5d7e2
Mother of Cornelia Johanna Herbst, b3c5d7e2f1

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About Cornelia Johanna Dekker

Volksrust Refugee Camp 28 June 1901 – 1902

Personal Details

Name: Ms Cornelia Johanna Herbst

Born in camp? No

Place of death: Volksrust RC

Age died: 26 years

Died in camp? Yes

Cause of death: measles & pneumonia

Gender: female

Race: white

Nationality: Transvaal

Unique ID: 11155

Camp History

Name: Volksrust RC

Farm History

Name: Hebron District: Piet Retief


Title: RS 25 Transvaal DL

Type: Death lists

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: 25

Notes: p.156

Title: TKP 102 Tvl Government Gazette

Type: Transvaal Government Gazette

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: TKP 102

Dates: Jul-Dec 1901

Notes: 2/10/1901, p.1458

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Cornelia Johanna Dekker's Timeline

June 1, 1876
South Africa
January 1901
- December 1902
Age 24
Volksrust, Eastvaal District Council, Mpumalanga, South Africa

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.

Volksrust camp was beautifully situated, in the shadow of Majuba mountain, on the border of Natal, where the Boers had defeated the British some twenty years before, reminding them of ‘the most glorious episode in their history’, as Dr Kendal Franks noted. But Elizabeth Neethling described the place as one of the most miserable in the Transvaal. For her, this was a bleak spot, enclosed by high barbed wire fences, with monotonous rows of bell tents. ‘Nothing bright, nothing pleasant, strikes the eye’. Even J.J. Carter, the first superintendent, shared her opinion. ‘Owing to the altitude of the place, and the unprotected nature of the situation, the cold is intense at night, and when a breeze is blowing the days are also very keen’, he wrote. This ‘bracing’ climate might be beneficial for the healthy but it affected the aged and very young severely, and it was hard on the families who came from the milder districts of Vryheid, Utrecht and Piet Retief.

August 12, 1901
Age 25
South Africa
September 30, 1901
Age 25
South Africa
Age 24
South Africa