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About David Johannes Joubert

f2 Frederik Jacobus * 10.10.1826 = Graaff-Reinet 26.12.1826 † 5.10.1886 x Maria Magdalena SCHEEPERS * 3.4.1829 † 10.12.1889

g9 David Johannes * 24.11.1870 † 19.7.1945

Middelburg Refugee Camp 1901 – 1902

Personal Details

Name: Mr David Johannes Joubert

Born in camp? No

Died in camp? No

Gender: male

Race: white

Marital status: married

Nationality: Transvaal

Unique ID: 86859

Camp History

Name: Middelburg RC

Age arrival: 31

Date arrival: 27/02/1902

Tent number: 2018/ Block F

Farm History

Name: Doornkop

District: Lydenburg

Notes: Own 1/7


Type: Surrendered

Notes: 26 Feb 1902 at Wonderfontein. Of Lydenburg commando


Title: DBC 84 Middelburg CR

Type: Camp register

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: DBC 84

Notes: p. 195

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David Johannes Joubert's Timeline

November 24, 1870
March 19, 1871
South Africa
August 13, 1895
Age 24
July 8, 1898
Age 27
- 1902
Age 30
South Africa

Middelburg camp presents a problem in trying to understand why so many people died in the camps. It was the largest camp in the Transvaal system, reaching over 7,000 inmates at one point, and the reports of Dr Kendal Franks and the Ladies Committee suggest that it was very badly run. Dr Franks was critical of the layout of the camp and complained that the administration was ‘lax’, while the Ladies Committee thought it ‘one of the most unsatisfactory we have seen’.1 An intake of over 3,000 in May 1901 brought in desperately impoverished and debilitated people, which precipitated disease. By all these criteria the mortality in Middelburg ought to have been amongst the worst in the system, yet this was not the case, as a comparison with Mafeking camp shows. Indeed, apart from the May peak (a pattern which appeared in almost all the camps) mortality was little worse than the camp average, which was a record few camps achieved.


May 13, 1904
Age 33
November 15, 1912
Age 41
November 23, 1914
Age 43
July 19, 1945
Age 74
Age 74
South Africa