Aliwal North RC
People in camp
People who died in this camp
- The aim of the project is to link Geni profiles to the project. A seperate place will be provided for those who died in the camp and those that survived.
The origins of the Aliwal North camps are unusually well documented. In August 1900 Major Kendal Pretyman Apthorp, a relative of General Pretyman, the Military Governor of the Orange River Colony, was appointed District Commissioner of the Smithfield district. This area had a fairly large number of English-speaking farmers in addition to the Boer residents. When Apthorp took over, Smithfield was quiet. About forty impoverished families were asking for help and on 24 September 1900 Apthorp had to write to the Military Governor for funds and the right to appoint a Relief Committee to distribute aid.
But at the end of September conditions began to change rapidly. Boer commandos had captured Zastron and Rouxville and occupied the towns for a couple of weeks. Shortly after Bethulie was threatened. A trickle of farmers began to rejoin the commandos. Apthorp was convinced that the Boers should be treated courteously and he was opposed to the farm burning which had begun to take place as reprisal for the raids. He was unhappy about the women, however, complaining that ‘they are far more bitter, and they excel the men as perverters of the truth’.
By January 1901 Apthorp and his tiny force could no longer hold the Smithfield district and on 8 January the town was evacuated. Apthorp led a trek of ‘loyalists’ across the Orange River to Aliwal North in the Cape Colony. They had a rough time, he explained, ‘as they had a wagon between two or three families for baggage & all & had to leave everything standing’. A small camp had already been established by Aliwal North municipality for refugees from across the river. The numbers swelled enormously, however, once the scorched earth policy was instituted.
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Black – names Not on Geni Yet
Survivors of the Aliwal North Concentration Camp
- Mrs A Abraham, (33) Arrived on 12/1/1901 Unique ID No 49184
- Farm History: Abraham family Rouxville
- A. Abraham, (44) is the husband of Mrs A Abraham
- is the father of E Abraham (8)
- is the father of A Abraham (7)
- is the father of A Abraham (5)
- is the father of E Abraham (1)
- Cronje, Susanna Hermina died on 24/8/1901 of Measels
- Unique number 53001.
- From Rouxville d.o. Andries Stefanus Cronje
- Daniel Hermanus Joubert 1886
- Elsie Johanna Niewoudt Joubert 1894
- Josua Andries Joubert 1863-1959
- Philip Joubert 1889
- Maria Elizabeth Mynhardt 1875 - 1954
- Jan Hendrik Taljaard (25) May 1894 - August 15, 1919
Casualties of the Aliwal North Concentration Camp
- Unique ID 52997
- Died 24/7/1901 of pleuro-pneumonia at the age of 61
- Came from Rouxville and owned 2 farms, NOORWEGEN and SWEDEN.
- He was accompanied by his wife and 5 children.
- Johannes George Herbst 1900 - 13 July 1901
- Cause of death – Influenza
- Anna Margaretha Joubert 1891 - 23 August 1901
- Cause of death – Measles & Pneumonia
- Gabriel Daniel Nel Joubert 1897 - 17 August 1901
- Cause of death – Scarlet Fever
- Helena Joubert 1895 - 8 August 1901
- Cause of death – Measles & Bronchitis
- Johanna Catharina Hester Sofia Taljaard (4) April 25, 1897 - August 30, 1901
How to Participate
If you have an ancestor who was in the ABW Aliwal Noord Pont Concentration Camp:
- Get yourself added as a collaborator
- Navigate to your ancestor's profile
- Under the "More Actions" link choose "Add to Project"
- Select the ABO ===Aliwal Noord===" project
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