Matthys Andries Petrus Joubert (1899 - 1901)

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Birthplace: Ermelo
Death: Died in Middelburg Refugee Camp
Cause of death: Diarrhoea and Exhaustion
Managed by: Lea Herbst
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About Matthys Andries Petrus Joubert

Middelburg Refugee Camp 1900 – 1902

Personal Details

Name: Master Matheus Andries Petrus Joubert

Born in camp? No

Place of death: Middelburg RC

Age died: 2 years 8 months 19 days

Died in camp? Yes

Cause of death: diarrhoea & exhaustion

Gender: male

Race: white

Marital status: single

Nationality: Transvaal

Registration as child: Yes

Unique ID: 11962

Camp History

Name: Middelburg RC

Farm History

Name: Joubert family

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Matthys Andries Petrus Joubert's Timeline

January 11, 1899
November 29, 1901
Age 2
Middelburg Refugee Camp
- 1902
Age 1
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.

Age 1
Middelburg Refugee Camp