Wilhelmina Christina Lourens (c.1872 - d.)

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Nicknames: "Mrs Wilhelmina Christina Lourens"
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About Wilhelmina Christina Lourens

Brandfort Refugee Camp

Personal Details

Name: Mrs Wilhelmina Christina Lourens

Born in camp? No

Died in camp? No

Gender: female

Race: white

Marital status: married

Nationality: Free State

Unique ID: 94929

Camp History

Name: Brandfort RC

Age arrival: 29

Date arrival: 18/06/1901

Date departure: 04/08/1902

Reason departure: gone to farm

Destination: farm

Farm History

Name: Cyferfontein

District: Boshof

Relationships

Mrs Wilhelmina Christina Lourens

is the wife of Mr Lodewyk Petrus Lourens

Sources

Title: SRC 76 Brandfort CR

Type: Camp register

Location: Free State Archives Repository

Reference No.: SRC 76

Notes: p.065

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Wilhelmina Christina Lourens's Timeline

1872
1872
1892
1892
Age 20
1894
1894
Age 22
1896
1896
Age 24
1898
1898
Age 26
1900
1900
- 1902
Age 28
South Africa

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.

Although the Ladies Committee stated that Brandfort camp was opened in March 1901, it had certainly been formed by the end of January 1901, when it was reported that there were about two hundred people living there, mainly from Bultfontein and Hoopstad. At this stage many of the Boer families were scattered through the town or living in wagons, rather than in tents. Dr Last, from the town, cared for the inmates and there was, unusually, one trained nurse.1 Some of the people living in the town were able to support themselves and the British authorities were reluctant to supply them with rations. Nor did the British want to force them into the camps - ‘bear in mind that these camps are not meant to be prisons; you must act in all cases with tact’, the Chief Superintendent warned the Brandfort superintendent. By August 1901, when Dr Kendal Franks visited the camp, everyone had been moved into tents.

http://www2.lib.uct.ac.za/mss/bccd/Histories/Brandfort/

1901
1901
Age 29
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