Willem Jacobus Joubert

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About Willem Jacobus Joubert

f7 Johannes Stephanus * 15.6.1824 † Ermelo 13.9.1897 x Riversdal 14.7.1843 Cornelia Maria DU TOIT d.v. Willem Jacobus du Toit en Anna Magdalena Haasbroek

g4 Willem Jacobus * Somerset-Oos 17.2.1847 x 21.5.1870 Alida Elisabeth Johanna CLOETE

Middelburg Refugee Camp 1901 – 1902

Personal Details

Name: Mr Willem Jacobus Joubert

Other Names: William Jacobus

Born in camp? No

Died in camp? No

Gender: male

Race: white

Marital status: married

Nationality: Transvaal

Occupation: bywoner

Registration as head of family: Yes

Unique ID: 79456

Camp History

Name: Middelburg RC

Date arrival: 01/08/1900

Date arrival: Aug 1900

Date departure: 12/07/1901

Reason departure: transferred

Destination: Belfast RC

Tent number: I

Name: Belfast RC

Age arrival: 54

Date arrival: 24/07/1901

Reason departure: transferred

Destination: Merebank RC

Tent number: 325

Name: Merebank RC

Farm History

Name: Joubert family

Town: Belfast


Mr Willem Jacobus Joubert (William Jacobus)

is the husband of Mrs Alleta Elizabeth Johanna Joubert (Mrs Willem Jacobus)

is the father of Miss Anna Lucia Joubert (Anna Loucia)

is the father of Miss Wilhelmina Jacoba Joubert (Wilhelmina Jacob)


Title: DBC 83 Middelburg CR

Type: Camp register

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: DBC 83

Notes: p. 5

Title: DBC 57 Belfast CR

Type: Camp register

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Notes: p.054

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Willem Jacobus Joubert's Timeline

February 17, 1847
May 21, 1870
Age 23
South Africa
Age 24
South Africa
Age 26
South Africa
Age 29
December 20, 1878
Age 31
South Africa
Age 33
South Africa
Age 37
- 1902
Age 53
South Africa

Middelburg camp presents a problem in trying to understand why so many people died in the camps. It was the largest camp in the Transvaal system, reaching over 7,000 inmates at one point, and the reports of Dr Kendal Franks and the Ladies Committee suggest that it was very badly run. Dr Franks was critical of the layout of the camp and complained that the administration was ‘lax’, while the Ladies Committee thought it ‘one of the most unsatisfactory we have seen’.1 An intake of over 3,000 in May 1901 brought in desperately impoverished and debilitated people, which precipitated disease. By all these criteria the mortality in Middelburg ought to have been amongst the worst in the system, yet this was not the case, as a comparison with Mafeking camp shows. Indeed, apart from the May peak (a pattern which appeared in almost all the camps) mortality was little worse than the camp average, which was a record few camps achieved.


November 30, 1929
Age 82