Gertruida Catharina Johanna Herbst (1890 - 1976)

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Nicknames: "Gertruida Catharina Johanna Els"
Death: Died
Managed by: Lea Herbst
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About Gertruida Catharina Johanna Herbst

Heilbron Refugee Camp

Personal Details

Name: Miss Gertruida Herbst

Born in camp? No

Died in camp? No

Gender: female

Race: white

Marital status: single

Nationality: Free State

Registration as child: Yes

Unique ID: 122375

Camp History

Name: Heilbron RC

Age arrival: 13

Date arrival: 08/08/1902

Date departure: 17/08/1902

Reason departure: returned home

Destination: Roodepoort

Farm History

Name: Roodepoort

District: Heilbron


Miss Gertruida Herbst

is the daughter of Mrs Gertruida Herbst


Title: SRC 81 Heilbron CR

Type: Camp register

Location: Free State Archives Repository

Reference No.: SRC 81

Notes: p.068

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Gertruida Catharina Johanna Herbst's Timeline

January 25, 1890
- 1902
Age 9
South Africa

Although it was a small camp, Heilbron was unusual in several respects. This area in the northern Free State might appear flat and uninteresting – the 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.

Heilbron district commissioner complained that nearby Viljoen’s Drift was ‘Just a lot of tin houses on both sides of the Railway the whole in the midst of a sandy desert’ - but it was the heart of the maize growing area. Coal mining took place at nearby Viljoen’s Drift and the Vereeniging Estates included relatively prosperous black tenant farmers. In July 1900 the newly-appointed assistant district commissioner reported that there were about five hundred Africans employed on the mines as well. They were ‘unruly’, he complained. Uneasiness about the black population continued with reports of ‘impertinence’ towards unprotected women; some farm labourers were unwilling to work, it was said.

August 31, 1909
Age 19
South Africa
July 21, 1910
Age 20
March 5, 1913
Age 23
March 9, 1976
Age 86