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About Gert Louis Joubert

f2 Marthinus Godfried = Swellendam 25.12.1805 x Swellendam 5.6.1825 Susanna Elizabeth ROSSOUW

g3 Gert Louis * 28.5.1830 = Somerset-Oos 22 Junie 1830 † Waaihoek, Ermelo 22.7.1907 x Lydenburg, Maria Magdalena Christina Wilhelmina REYNEKE † Waaihoek 8.11.1896 wed. v. Andries Johannes Joubert

Middelburg Refugee Camp 1901 – 1902

Personal Details

Name: Mr Gert Lewis Joubert

Born in camp? No

Died in camp? No

Gender: male

Race: white

Nationality: Transvaal

Unique ID: 84811

Camp History

Name: Middelburg RC

Age arrival: 71

Date arrival: 03/06/1901

Date departure: 05/09/1902

Destination: Left for farm

Tent number: I 1132

Farm History

Name: Waaihoek

District: Ermelo

Notes: own a portion


Type: Surrendered

Notes: 1 Sep 1900


Title: DBC 83 Middelburg CR

Type: Camp register

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: DBC 83

Notes: p. 246

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Gert Louis Joubert's Timeline

May 28, 1830
June 22, 1830
Somerset East, EC, South Africa
Age 22
South Africa
January 4, 1854
Age 23
South Africa
July 11, 1858
Age 28
Age 29
Lydenburg, ZAR, South Africa
April 14, 1864
Age 33
November 23, 1866
Age 36
Age 39
- 1902
Age 70
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.