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Magdel Christina Grobler

Also Known As: "Magdel Christina Joubert"
Birthplace: Lydenburg, South Africa
Death: Died in South Africa
Cause of death: Enteric
Place of Burial: South Africa
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Lodewyk Stephanus Grobler and Aletta Gertruida Viljoen
Wife of Michiel Coenraad Joubert
Mother of Aletta Geertruida Joubert and Frederik Jacobus Joubert

Occupation: Housewife
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About Magdel Christina Grobler

Middelburg Refugee Camp 1901 – 1902

Personal Details

Name: Mrs Machdel Christina Joubert

Other Names: Machiel Coenraad

Born in camp? No

Place of death: Middelburg RC

Age died: 31 years 1 months

Died in camp? Yes

Cause of death: enteric

Gender: female

Race: white

Marital status: married

Nationality: Transvaal

Unique ID: 81820

Camp History

Name: Middelburg RC

Date arrival: 05/05/1901

Date departure: 19/01/1902

Reason departure: Death

Tent number: II 325

Farm History

Name: Witbooi

District: Lydenburg


Mrs Machdel Christina Joubert (Machiel Coenraad) is the wife of Mr Machiel Coenrad Joubert


Title: RS 26 Transvaal DL

Type: Death lists

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: 26

Origin: Goldman

Notes: p.178

Title: TKP 103 Tvl Government Gazette

Type: Transvaal Government Gazette

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: TKP 103

Dates: vol. 193, Jan-June 1902

Notes: 28/2/1902, p.236

Title: DBC 83 Middelburg CR

Type: Camp register

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: DBC 83

Notes: p. 118

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Magdel Christina Grobler's Timeline

December 7, 1870
South Africa
November 9, 1890
Age 19
South Africa
September 6, 1893
Age 22
January 20, 1896
Age 25
- 1902
Age 30
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.

January 19, 1902
Age 31
South Africa
Age 31
South Africa