Louisa Johanna Swanepoel (1846 - d.)

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Nicknames: "Mrs Louisa Johanna Herbst"
Birthplace: Kareerand
Death: (Date and location unknown)
Managed by: Lea Herbst
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About Louisa Johanna Swanepoel

Louisa Johanna SWANEPOEL * 23.8.1846 Karreerand x Bloemfontein 7.12.1863, Willem Jacobus HERBST * Ca 1839


Kimberley Refugee Camp

Personal Details

Name: Mrs Louisa Johanna Herbst

Born in camp? No

Died in camp? No

Gender: female

Race: white

Marital status: married

Nationality: Free State

Unique ID: 74900

Camp History

Name: Kimberley RC

Age arrival: 55

Date arrival: 06/07/1901

Date departure: 30/07/1902

Reason departure: discharged

Tent number: 2448, 2452

Farm History

Name: Kustenkeur

District: Boshof


Mrs Louisa Johanna Herbst

is the wife of Mr William Jacobus Sn Herbst

is the mother of Mr William Jacobus Jn Herbst


Title: SRC 83 Kimberley CR

Type: Camp register

Location: Free State Archives Repository

Reference No.: SRC 83

Notes: p.068a, p.069a

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Louisa Johanna Swanepoel's Timeline

August 23, 1846
December 7, 1863
Age 17
Bloemfontein, Motheo, Free State, South Africa
Age 18
Age 19
August 20, 1869
Age 22
January 29, 1872
Age 25
- 1902
Age 53
South Africa

Kimberley camp was located in the Cape Colony on the Cape-ORC border but formed part of the ORC system. As one of the besieged towns, Kimberley had suffered severely from the war and there was little sympathy in the town for the camp inmates, especially the families of the Cape rebels who were housed there. Kimberley was a flat, hot town, always short of water and notoriously unhealthy. The camp itself, located on de Beers property in Newton, on the outskirts of the town, was inches deep in loose, sandy soil.

Some kind of camp probably came into being in the early stages of the war for relief had to be found for destitute Boers from Griqualand West as early as December 1899. The formal camp, however, was set up by the town commandant on 4 January 1901 and run by Major Wright and the men of the Kimberley Regiment. Emily Hobhouse was contemptuous of Wright, a colonial volunteer rather than a regular soldier, whom she described as a ‘coarse, lazy, indifferent old man’ who did no work and left his son to run the camp. The result was a dirty, smelly camp where whooping cough and measles were rife and there was almost no medical attention. ‘Undesirable’ Cape rebel families, who were ‘not refugees in the true acceptance of the term’, were mixed with people from the Free State, the Transvaal and Bechuanaland.