Pieter Louwrens Ferreira (c.1867 - 1961)

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Birthplace: Humansdorp, South Africa
Death: Died in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
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About Pieter Louwrens Ferreira

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[ARTICLE No.1] [FROM NEWSPAPER CUTTINGS] ???UARY 1, 1952 [Picture of Mr. P.L. Ferreira] Mr. P.L. Ferreira, who was settled in Enkeldoorn over 50 years ago, describes some of his experiences in the article at the foot of the page to-day. Mr. Ferreira, who practised law in Enkeldoorn, tells of the interest which Cecil Rhodes took in the district and the high regard in which he was held.

[ARTICLE No.2 - NOT DATED] Mr. P.L. Ferreira, of Enkeldoorn, is one of the few Law Agents left in the country and still rides on horseback into town each day. He came to Rhodesia in 1895 from Port Elizabeth, riding most of the way. He and Mrs. Ferreira will celebrate their Diamond Wedding anniversary in January.

[ARTICLE No.3] [DATED FRIDAY, JULY 5, 1957] [Picture of Mr. P.L. Ferreira] Eighty-nine-year-old pioneer arrives to see Queen Mother

Charter district's oldest pioneer, Mr. P.L. Ferreira of the 1895 column, came to Salisbury yesterday complete with medals, walking stick --- and a small leather bag containing five embossed-card invitations he has received for the Royal functions.

Mr. Ferreira --- "I will be 90 in six months," he says --- proudly pointed out the three medals he was wearing. One was presented by King George VI. The other by Cecil Rhodes.

Out of the little leather bag came also the first installment of his memoirs "Memories of an old Rhodesian Pioneer," and a bill for his weekly newspaper which he has delivered to his home in Enkeldoorn.

Mr. Ferreira came to Enkeldoorn in 1895 "answering the call of Mr. Rhodes" and on the promise of a 3,000-morgen farm.

"When the rebellion started in 1896 a larger was formed at Enkeldoorn and my brother T.I. Ferreira was appointed commandant," his story says. "We had two previous experiences of Native wars."

SIGN OF DANGER

"Eight days before the Mashonas started their murders we saw fires being lit on the tops of the hills and were warned that this was a sign of great danger.

"Ther Enkeldoorn laager was then surrounded by about 30,000 Africans. I rode from Enkeldoorn to Charter and found that this laager was safe.

At 89 Mr. Ferreira is still a horseman. He said yesterday: "I still ride my horse on the farm. Now I must go and buy my year's newspapers."

[ARTICLE No.4] [DATED 1/2/52] Grand Old Man Of Enkeldoorn Looks Back 50 Years

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Mr. P.L. Ferreira, who arrived in Enkeldoorn in 1895, having trekked there with his family from Khama's country at the invitation of Rhodes, celebrated his 83rd birthday quietly in Enkeldoorn yesterday.

In the accompanying article this "Grand Old Man of Enkeldoorn," as he is often referred to in the district, recalls some of his early experiences in Rhodesia. <<<

In 1895 our Founder's call to bring settlers to Rhodesia from Humansdorp was answered. We were told of the free country with rivers, red and black soil, fertile valleys, open plains and mountains --- with a 3,000-morgen farm which the settler could pick for himself. Each family's wagons were put on a separate truck. The settlers were direct descendants of the Huguenots, and we still have the names Batalia, Almine and Julia (Juliana) in the family.

We had to trek from Linsby's and Khama's country, and from there through a part of the desert to the Notwani River. What a joy it was when we reached the river.

Eventually, in 1895, we reached old Enkeldoorn, five miles from the site of the present village.

Enkeldoorn literally stands for a single thorn, but it also stands for a group or single mimosa tree. After the battle of Chigarra we wanted to change the name of Enkeldoorn to Cecil after Mr. Rhodes.

Mr. Rhodes then asked us where the name Enkeldoorn originated and when he learned that our grandfather had a farm named Enkeldoorn where he was sheep farming in Humansdorp, Mr. Rhodes replied, "This township will be called Enkeldoorn."

... refused to let him, saying "If anything happens to you, my name will stink as much as yours in famous." We knew that the poisoned arrows were kept in the caves and that the Natives slept outside. I went in with seven men of whom one got wounded, and took the caves.

Mr. Rhodes was allowed to come in after everything was safe. He wrote out a cheque for [Pound symbol]100, as a plaster for the wounded man's shoulder. He was also given a bottle of whisky, at which another settler said that he was sorry that he had not been wounded too.

Superstitions

The Natives were great believers in spirits, and they have many guarded secrets and customs which they will disclose only to legal men when charged with murder or some other very serious crime. They have, of course, a belief in a Supreme Being, and will go to the with-doctor's to find out why the Supreme Being is angry and why their misfortunes have come upon them.

As to our own churches, when Sir Drummond Chaplin and General Smuts visited Enkeldoorn, which was on a Sunday, we decided to have a united service. How appealing it was to see English and Dutch parsons in the same pulpit. For many years our English friends used our Dutch Reformed Church.

Twenty years after Enkeldoorn was founded we put wreaths on the graves, and these were some of the words spoken at the ceremony: "If Boer and British, who have given their lives for Rhodesia, can lie side by side, let us keep up that tradition, to make Rhodesia worthy of our Founder's name."

[ARTICLE No.5] [Picture of Mr. P.L. Ferreira]

Rhodesian Pioneer

With a flood of memories returning to him, Mr. Pieter Louwrens Ferreira, rode proudly on horseback through the small Southern Rhodesian town of Enkeldoorn on his 93rd birthday on January 31. It was here in 1895 that he, and other families who had trekked from South Africa were given farms and permission to settle by Cecil Rhodes. He was born in Humansdorp, South Africa.

Yours Sincerely, Sir Ken Markham, K.C.B., (95), [A Phenomenal Researcher In The Mists Of Time].

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Pieter Louwrens Ferreira's Timeline

1867
1867
South Africa
1909
1909
Age 42
Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
1910
June, 1910
Age 43
Enkeldoorn, Southern Rhodesia
1913
1913
Age 46
Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
1915
1915
Age 48
Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
1917
1917
Age 50
Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
1919
1919
Age 52
Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
1961
September 10, 1961
Age 94
Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
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