Helena Magdalena Joubert (c.1896 - d.)

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About Helena Magdalena Joubert

Middelburg Refugee Camp 1901 – 1902

Personal Details

Name: Miss Helena Magdalena Joubert

Born in camp? No

Died in camp? No

Gender: female

Race: white

Marital status: single

Nationality: Transvaal

Registration as child: Yes

Unique ID: 86777

Camp History

Name: Middelburg RC

Age arrival: 5

Date arrival: 26/07/1901

Date departure: 24/09/1902

Destination: Left for farm

Farm History

Name: Rooikop

District: Middelburg

Relationships

Miss Helena Magdalena Joubert is the daughter of Mr Jacobus Francois Joubert

Sources

Title: DBC 84 Middelburg CR

Type: Camp register

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: DBC 84

Notes: p. 189

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Helena Magdalena Joubert's Timeline

1896
1896
1901
1901
- 1902
Age 5
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.

http://www2.lib.uct.ac.za/mss/bccd/Histories/Middelburg/

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