Maria Magdalena Janse van Rensburg (c.1846 - d.)

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Nicknames: "Mrs Maria Magdalena Joubert"
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About Maria Magdalena Janse van Rensburg

Kimberley Refugee Camp 1901 – 1902

Personal Details

Name: Mrs Maria Magdalena Joubert

Born in camp? No

Died in camp? No

Gender: female

Race: white

Marital status: married

Nationality: Free State

Unique ID: 75080

Camp History

Name: Kimberley RC

Age arrival: 55

Date arrival: 16/07/1901

Date departure: 22/07/1902

Reason departure: discharged

Tent number: 3441, 3530

Farm History

Name: Mingeacht

District: Jacobsdal

Relationships

Mrs Maria Magdalena Joubert is the wife of Mr Piet Hendrik Johannes Joubert

Sources

Title: SRC 83 Kimberley CR

Type: Camp register

Location: Free State Archives Repository

Reference No.: SRC 83

Notes: p.078a

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Maria Magdalena Janse van Rensburg's Timeline

1846
1846
1863
August 31, 1863
Age 17
South Africa
1863
Age 17
1869
1869
Age 23
1874
1874
Age 28
1877
1877
Age 31
1879
1879
Age 33
1883
1883
Age 37
1885
1885
Age 39
1900
1900
- 1902
Age 54
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/