Willem Jacobus Herbst (c.1865 - d.)

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Death: (Date and location unknown)
Occupation: Veeboer
Managed by: Lea Herbst
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About Willem Jacobus Herbst

Kimberley Refugee Camp

Personal Details

Name: Mr William Jacobus Jn 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: 74901

Camp History

Name: Kimberley RC

Age arrival: 37

Date arrival: 06/07/1901

Date departure: 30/07/1902

Reason departure: discharged

Stock into camp: no

Stock out of camp: no

Tent number: 2449, 2453, 3827

Farm History

Name: Kustenkeur

District: Boshof


Type: oath of neutrality

Notes: 25 May 1900, Boshof


Mr William Jacobus Jn Herbst

is the father of Miss Louisa Johanna Herbst

is the son of Mrs Louisa Johanna Herbst

is the husband of Mrs Magdalena Elizabeth Herbst

is the father of Miss Magdalena Elizabeth Herbst

is the father of Master Willem Jacobus Herbst

is the son of Mr William Jacobus Sn Herbst


Title: SRC 83 Kimberley CR

Type: Camp register

Location: Free State Archives Repository

Reference No.: SRC 83

Notes: p.069a

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Willem Jacobus Herbst's Timeline

January 17, 1887
Age 22
Bleomfontein, South Africa
April 17, 1888
Age 23
October 2, 1889
Age 24
Age 28
- 1902
Age 35
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.


June 26, 1901
Age 36
April 14, 1908
Age 43
Bloemfontein, South Africa