Mrs Abraham Benjamin Joubert (c.1874 - d.)

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About Mrs Abraham Benjamin Joubert

Middelburg Refugee Camp

Personal Details

Name: Mrs Abram Benjamin 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: 81747

Camp History

Name: Middelburg RC

Age arrival: 24

Date arrival: 05/05/1901

Date departure: 14/10/1901

Destination: Merebank, Natal

Tent number: II 303

Farm History

Name: Tweefontein

District: Pretoria

Notes: own a portion

Name: Klipkraal

District: Bethal

Notes: own a portion

Name: Elandsfontein

District: Pretoria

Notes: own a portion

Status of Husband

Type: On commando


Mrs Abram Benjamin Joubert

is the mother of Miss Anna Elizabeth Joubert

is the mother of Miss Jacoba Elizabeth Joubert


Title: DBC 83 Middelburg CR

Type: Camp register

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: DBC 83

Notes: p. 115

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Mrs Abraham Benjamin Joubert's Timeline

January, 1898
Age 24
December, 1899
Age 25
- 1902
Age 27
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.