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About Maria Elizabeth Joubert

Middelburg Refugee Camp 1901 – 1902

Personal Details

Name: Mrs Maria E Joubert

Born in camp? No

Died in camp? No

Gender: female

Race: white

Marital status: married

Nationality: Transvaal

Registration as head of family: Yes

Unique ID: 86655

Camp History

Name: Middelburg RC

Age arrival: 29

Date arrival: 25/06/1901

Date departure: 16/08/1902

Destination: Left for farm

Tent number: Tent 36/ Ermelo Camp

Farm History

Name: Uitgedaag / Uitgedacht

District: Bethal

Status of Husband

Type: On commando

Notes: Christian Gerhardus. Age: 36 - Farmer


Mrs Maria E Joubert

is the mother of Master Gideon Joubert

is the mother of Master Barend Jacobus Joubert

is the mother of Master Christian Gerhardus Joubert

is the mother of Master Gideon Jacobus Johannes Joubert

is the mother of Miss Aletta Catharina Elizabeth Joubert

is the mother of Miss Anna Elizabeth Johanna Joubert


Title: DBC 84 Middelburg CR

Type: Camp register

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: DBC 84

Notes: p. 182

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Maria Elizabeth Joubert's Timeline

August 29, 1872
November 10, 1872
South Africa
February 4, 1889
Age 16
South Africa
Age 16
Age 19
Age 21
September 6, 1895
Age 23
Age 24
Age 27
- 1902
Age 28
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.