Hester Susanna Johanna Porter (c.1876 - d.)

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Nicknames: "Mrs. Johannes Philippus Joubert; Hester Joubert"
Death: (Date and location unknown)
Managed by: Lea Herbst
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About Hester Susanna Johanna Porter

Balmoral Refugee Camp 1900 – 1902

Personal Details

Name: Mrs Johannes Phillipus Joubert

Born in camp? No

Died in camp? No

Gender: female

Race: white

Marital status: married

Nationality: Transvaal

Unique ID: 60394

Camp History

Name: Balmoral RC

Age arrival: 25

Date arrival: 03/10/1901

Date departure: 28/04/1902

Reason departure: returned home

Destination: Nelspruit

Tent number: 619

Notes: RT 619

Farm History

Name: Hartbeestspruit / Hartebeestspruit

District: Middelburg

Relationships

Mrs Johannes Phillipus Joubert

is the wife of Mr Johannes Phillipus Joubert

Sources

Title: DBC 46 Balmoral CR

Type: Index camp register

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: DBC 46

Notes: J 07

Title: DBC 47 Balmoral CR

Type: Camp register

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: DBC 47

Notes: 0619

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Hester Susanna Johanna Porter's Timeline

1876
1876
1897
1897
Age 21
1898
1898
Age 22
1898
Age 22
1900
1900
- 1902
Age 24
South Africa

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.

Balmoral camp was established relatively late, on 25 July 1901, coming into use a week later – a remarkably short time in which to set up a camp. It was created to take the overflow from the Middelburg and Belfast camps and was divided into the districts from which most of the inmates came – Balmoral, Lydenburg and, later, Ermelo. The move from Middelburg had been precipitated by the poor health in that very large camp and the people arrived unwell. Later arrivals included fugitives from the Bronkhorstspruit district, who were starving and exhausted. By November 1901 they were coming in from the Lydenburg and Barberton districts, in a very bedraggled state, it was noted, because they had been out on the veld for some time. Although by the end of 1901 Kitchener had ordered that no more families should be sent to the camps, his instructions were often ignored and some continued to trickle in. On 27 April 1902 125 people arrived, half of them men, in a pitiful state. ‘They were literally in rags and it was hard to discern the original material of the men’s clothing. When compared with the inmates of the camp they looked a very unkempt lot’, the superintendent noted.

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

1907
July 19, 1907
Age 31
1917
May 28, 1917
Age 41
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