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Thomas Emanuel Ferreira

Death: (Date and location unknown)
Immediate Family:

Son of Daniel Theodorus Ferreira and Dina Louisa Uys
Brother of Susara Jacoba Ferreira; Dina Louisa Ferreira; Cornelia Alida Ferreira; Johanna Florentina Magdalena Ferreira; Danielina Theodora Ferreira and 1 other
Half brother of Christina Maria Herbst, b3c8d6e1

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About Thomas Emanuel Ferreira

Harrismith Refugee Camp

Personal Details

Name: Master Thomas Ferreira

Other Names: Thomas Emanuel

Born in camp? No

Died in camp? No

Gender: male

Race: white

Marital status: single

Nationality: Free State

Registration as child: Yes

Unique ID: 116691

Camp History

Name: Harrismith RC

Age arrival: 10

Date arrival: 09/03/1902

Date departure: 01/04/1902

Reason departure: transferred

Destination: Wentworth RC

Age arrival: 10

Date arrival: 03/04/1902

Date departure: 25/08/1902

Reason departure: left for Destination: Harrismith

Tent number: 348

Farm History

Name: Kafferstad / Kaffirstad

District: Harrismith


Master Thomas Ferreira (Thomas Emanuel) is the son of Mrs Dina L Ferreira (Dina Louisa)


Title: SRC 80 Harrismith CR

Type: Camp register

Location: Free State Archives Repository

Reference No.: SRC 80

Notes: p.91

Title: DBC 154 Wentworth CR

Type: Camp register

Location: TAB

Reference No.: DBC 154

Notes: p.012

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Thomas Emanuel Ferreira's Timeline

- 1902
Age 9

The camps were formed by the British army to house the residents of the two Boer republics of the South African Republic and the Orange Free State. They were established towards the end of 1900, after Britain had invaded the Boer republics. This database was designed to investigate mortality and morbidity in the camps during the war. Although it will include everyone listed in the registers during the war, it usually excludes returning prisoners-of-war and men who came back from commando at the end of the war, as well as the considerable movement of people which took place after 31 May 1902, when families were repatriated to their homes.

Harrismith camp was one of the smallest and least significant of the camps but its location, on the Natal border, gave it a unique character. The Ladies Committee thought that it was ‘beautifully situated’ in one of the three healthiest localities in the world!1 The camp was probably formed in early January 1901 – by 8 January Emily Hobhouse noted that it had 700 inmates.2 This seems an overestimate for the monthly report for April 1901 gave only 271. By October 1901 the camp had reached 1 500 people, still considerably smaller than most other camps. Blacks were swept up into Harrismith camp along with the whites. Numbers are uncertain but in July 1901 Lord Kitchener made the decision to clear the Harrismith area of all blacks and at least 500 people were brought in at that point. In October the black camp was passed into the management of the Native Refugee Camp Administration and we have no further information about its plight.