Magdalena Elizabeth Havenga (c.1867 - 1901)

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Nicknames: "Mrs Magdalena Elizabeth Herbst"
Death: Died in South Africa
Cause of death: Enteritis
Managed by: Lea Herbst
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About Magdalena Elizabeth Havenga

Kimberley Refugee Camp

Personal Details

Name: Mrs Magdalena Elizabeth Herbst

Born in camp? No

Place of death: Kimberley RC

Age died: 35 years 5 months

Died in camp? Yes

Cause of death: enteritis

Gender: female

Race: white

Marital status: married

Nationality: Free State

Unique ID: 74902

Camp History

Name: Kimberley RC

Age arrival: 35

Date arrival: 06/07/1901

Date departure: 05/12/1901

Reason departure: death

Tent number: 2449, 2453, 3827

Farm History

Name: Rustentreur

District: Boshof

Name: Herbst family

Town: Bloemfontein

Name: Kustenkeur

District: Boshof

Relationships

Mrs Magdalena Elizabeth Herbst

is the wife of Mr William Jacobus Jn Herbst

Sources

Title: RS 29 ORC DL

Type: Death lists

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: RS 29

Origin: Goldman

Notes: p.120

Title: Government Gazette of the Orange River Colony

Location:

Notes: 220/12/1901, p.743

Title: SRC 83 Kimberley CR

Type: Camp register

Location: Free State Archives Repository

Reference No.: SRC 83

Notes: p.069a

DEPOT VAB SOURCE MHG TYPE LEER VOLUME_NO 0 SYSTEM 01 REFERENCE H1120 PART 1 DESCRIPTION HERBST, MAGDALENA ELIZABETH. NOOIENSVAN HAVENGA. EGGENOOT WILLEM

          JACOBUS HERBST.                                                      

STARTING 19010000 ENDING 19010000

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Magdalena Elizabeth Havenga's Timeline

1867
1867
1887
January 17, 1887
Age 20
Bleomfontein, South Africa
1888
April 17, 1888
Age 21
1889
October 2, 1889
Age 22
1893
1893
Age 26
1900
1900
- 1902
Age 33
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.

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

1901
June 26, 1901
Age 34
December 5, 1901
Age 34
South Africa
1901
Age 34
South Africa