Elizabeth Hendrina de Klerk

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Elizabeth Hendrina de Klerk

Also Known As: "Mrs. Christian Gerhardus Joubert"
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Wife of Christiaan Gerhardus Joubert
Mother of Cornelia Maria Joubert; Jacob de Klerk Joubert; Christiaan Gerhardus Joubert; Martha Sophia Joubert and Gideon Joubert

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About Elizabeth Hendrina de Klerk

Middelburg Refugee Camp 1901 – 1902

Personal Details

Name: Mrs Christian Gerhardus Joubert

Born in camp? No

Died in camp? No

Gender: female

Race: white

Marital status: married

Nationality: Transvaal

Registration as head of family: Yes

Unique ID: 86685

Camp History

Name: Middelburg RC

Age arrival: 34

Date arrival: 25/06/1901

Date departure: 18/04/1902

Destination: Wentworth, Natal

Tent number: 882/ Block B

Farm History

Name: Uitkyk

District: Carolina

Notes: own a portion

Name: Vlakfontein

District: Ermelo

Notes: 1300 morgen

Status of Husband

Type: On commando

Notes: Age: 44 - Farmer


Mrs Christian Gerhardus Joubert

is the mother of Master Jacob de Clerq Joubert

is the mother of Master Christian Gerhardus Joubert

is the mother of Master Gideon Joubert

is the mother of Miss Cornelia Maria Joubert

is the mother of Miss Martha Sofia Joubert


Title: DBC 84 Middelburg CR

Type: Camp register

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: DBC 84

Notes: p. 183

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Elizabeth Hendrina de Klerk's Timeline

April 30, 1883
Age 16
South Africa
September 4, 1888
Age 21
South Africa
June 11, 1891
Age 24
September 9, 1893
Age 26
Ermelo, South Africa
March 23, 1896
Age 29
Age 33
- 1902
Age 34
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.


Age 65