Willem Jacobus Herbst (c.1838 - d.)

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About Willem Jacobus Herbst

Kimberley Refugee Camp

Personal Details

Name: Mr William Jacobus Sn Herbst

Born in camp? No

Died in camp? No

Gender: male

Race: white

Marital status: married

Nationality: Free State

Occupation: bywoner

Registration as head of family: Yes

Unique ID: 74899

Camp History

Name: Kimberley RC

Age arrival: 63

Date arrival: 06/07/1901

Date departure: 30/07/1902

Reason departure: discharged

Stock into camp: no

Stock out of camp: no

Tent number: 2448, 2452

Farm History

Name: Kustenkeur

District: Boshof

Status

Type: not given

Relationships

Mr William Jacobus Sn Herbst

is the husband of Mrs Louisa Johanna Herbst

is the father of Mr William Jacobus Jn Herbst

Sources

Title: SRC 83 Kimberley CR

Type: Camp register

Location: Free State Archives Repository

Reference No.: SRC 83

Notes: p.068a, p.069a

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Willem Jacobus Herbst's Timeline

1838
1838
1863
December 7, 1863
Age 25
Bloemfontein, Motheo, Free State, South Africa
1865
1865
Age 27
1866
1866
Age 28
1869
August 20, 1869
Age 31
1872
January 29, 1872
Age 34
1900
1900
- 1902
Age 62
South Africa

Kimberley camp was located in the Cape Colony on the Cape-ORC border but formed part of the ORC system. As one of the besieged towns, Kimberley had suffered severely from the war and there was little sympathy in the town for the camp inmates, especially the families of the Cape rebels who were housed there. Kimberley was a flat, hot town, always short of water and notoriously unhealthy. The camp itself, located on de Beers property in Newton, on the outskirts of the town, was inches deep in loose, sandy soil.

Some kind of camp probably came into being in the early stages of the war for relief had to be found for destitute Boers from Griqualand West as early as December 1899. The formal camp, however, was set up by the town commandant on 4 January 1901 and run by Major Wright and the men of the Kimberley Regiment. Emily Hobhouse was contemptuous of Wright, a colonial volunteer rather than a regular soldier, whom she described as a ‘coarse, lazy, indifferent old man’ who did no work and left his son to run the camp. The result was a dirty, smelly camp where whooping cough and measles were rife and there was almost no medical attention. ‘Undesirable’ Cape rebel families, who were ‘not refugees in the true acceptance of the term’, were mixed with people from the Free State, the Transvaal and Bechuanaland.

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

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