Johannes Nicolaas Rudolph Joubert (1888 - d.)

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About Johannes Nicolaas Rudolph Joubert

Middelburg Refugee Camp 1901 – 1902

Personal Details

Name: Master Johannes Nicolas Joubert

Born in camp? No

Died in camp? No

Gender: male

Race: white

Marital status: single

Nationality: Transvaal

Registration as child: Yes

Unique ID: 81775

Camp History

Name: Middelburg RC

Age arrival: 13

Date arrival: 25/04/1901

Tent number: I 690

Farm History

Name: Doornkop

District: Middelburg

Relationships

Master Johannes Nicolas Joubert is the son of Mr Cornelis Joubert

Sources

Title: DBC 83 Middelburg CR

Type: Camp register

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: DBC 8

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Johannes Nicolaas Rudolph Joubert's Timeline

1888
February 25, 1888
June 10, 1888
South Africa
1901
1901
- 1902
Age 12
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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