Gert Louis Joubert (1894 - 1983)

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Nicknames: "Master Gerhard Lewis Joubert"
Death: Died
Managed by: Lea Herbst
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Immediate Family

About Gert Louis Joubert

Middelburg Refugee Camp

Personal Details

Name: Master Gerhard Lewis Joubert

Born in camp? No

Died in camp? No

Gender: male

Race: white

Marital status: single

Nationality: Transvaal

Registration as child: Yes

Unique ID: 79688

Camp History

Name: Middelburg RC

Age arrival: 7

Date arrival: 18/01/1901

Date departure: 20/05/1902

Reason departure: Took O/A

Tent number: I

Farm History

Name: Waaiehoek

District: Carolina

Notes: No 170


Master Gerhard Lewis Joubert

is the son of Mr Gerhard Lewis Joubert


Title: DBC 83 Middelburg CR

Type: Camp register

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: DBC 83

Notes: p. 14

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Gert Louis Joubert's Timeline

March 3, 1894
March 18, 1894
Ermelo, South Africa
- 1902
Age 6
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.

June 21, 1983
Age 89
Age 88
South Africa