Jan Daniel Francois Joubert (1883 - d.)

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About Jan Daniel Francois Joubert

Middelburg Refugee Camp 1901 – 1902

Personal Details

Name: Mr Jan Daniel Francois Joubert

Born in camp? No

Died in camp? No

Gender: male

Race: white

Nationality: Transvaal

Unique ID: 86861

Camp History

Name: Middelburg RC

Age arrival: 18

Date arrival: 21/03/1902

Reason departure: National Scouts, Middelburg

Tent number: 2133/ Block F

Farm History

Name: Rietvlei

District: Middelburg

Status

Type: Surrendered

Notes: 20 Mar 1902 at Middelburg

Sources

Title: DBC 84 Middelburg CR

Type: Camp register

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: DBC 84

Notes: p. 196

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Jan Daniel Francois Joubert's Timeline

1883
November 3, 1883
December 16, 1883
South Africa
1901
1901
- 1902
Age 17
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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