Hester Magdalena Jacoba Joubert (1897 - 1901)

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Birthplace: Ermelo, South Africa
Death: Died in South Africa
Cause of death: Measles and Bronchitis
Managed by: Lea Herbst
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About Hester Magdalena Jacoba Joubert

Middelburg Refugee Camp 1901 – 1902

Personal Details

Name: Miss Hester Magdalena Jacoba Joubert

Born in camp? No

Place of death: Middelburg RC

Age died: 3 years 11 months

Died in camp? Yes

Cause of death: measles & bronchitis

Gender: female

Race: white

Marital status: single

Nationality: Transvaal

Registration as child: Yes

Unique ID: 86653

Camp History

Name: Middelburg RC

Age arrival: 4

Date arrival: 25/06/1901

Date departure: 19/08/1901

Reason departure: Death

Tent number: 838/ Block B

Farm History

Name: Joubert family

Town: Ermelo

Name: Ferreira

District: New Scotland

Relationships

Miss Hester Magdalena Jacoba Joubert is the daughter of Mrs Pieter Gabriel Joubert

Sources

Title: RS 26 Transvaal DL

Type: Death lists

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: 26

Origin: Goldman

Notes: p.178

Title: TKP 102 Tvl Government Gazette

Type: Transvaal Government Gazette

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: TKP 102

Dates: Jul-Dec 1901

Notes: 11/9/1901, p.1362

Title: DBC 84 Middelburg CR

Type: Camp register

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: DBC 84

Notes: p. 182

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Hester Magdalena Jacoba Joubert's Timeline

1897
September 14, 1897
South Africa
November 7, 1897
Ermelo, South Africa
1901
August 19, 1901
Age 3
South Africa
1901
- 1902
Age 3
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/

1901
Age 3
South Africa