Johanna Catharina Herbst (c.1879 - 1902)

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Birthplace: Kristal Kop, Kroonstad, South Africa
Death: Died in South Africa
Cause of death: Enteric
Managed by: Lea Herbst
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About Johanna Catharina Herbst

Vredefort Rd Refugee Camp

Personal Details

Name: Ms Johanna Cathrina Herbst

Born in camp? No

Place of death: Vredefort Road RC

Age died: 23 years

Died in camp? Yes

Cause of death: enteric

Gender: female

Race: white

Nationality: Free State

Unique ID: 26058

Camp History

Name: Vredefort Road RC

Farm History

Name: Kristalkop

District: Kroonstad


Title: RS 29 ORC DL

Type: Death lists

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: RS 29

Origin: Goldman

Notes: p.121

Title: Government Gazette of the Orange River Colony


Notes: 18/4/1902, p.266

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Johanna Catharina Herbst's Timeline

Kroonstad, South Africa
- 1902
Age 21
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.

Vredefort Road was the orphan of the camp system. It was located in the flat maizelands of the Free State highveld, at a station now known as Greenlands, on the railway line south of the town of Vredefort. It was popular neither with the camp authorities nor with later historians of the camps, and it was probably only established because the military did not know what to do with the hundreds of blacks and whites who congregated near the military encampment at the end of 1900. Inspector Daller described the place in May 1901 as ‘a bare stoney bleak spot on the slope of a hillside’, while George Brink, the superintendent’s son, noted that it was ‘laid out on a bare slope of a flint-stoned kopje in a notoriously bad hail belt. . . . Not a tree was in sight, and the nearest water supply was about three miles distant’.

April 18, 1902
Age 23
South Africa
Age 23
South Africa