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Moolman-Webster Trek to Rhodesia - 1893

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Background

This Trek consisted of two parties who met across the border in the new Rhodesia. The two parties linked up near Fort Victoria. Both parties originated from the Transvaal.

The leader of the first party was Johannes Nicolaas Moolman who had left from Pieterburg early in 1893. He had 2 wagons and cattle and planned to settle in the high plateau between Fort Victoria and Fort Salisbury around Fort Charter or Enkeldoorn.

The second party was that of Joseph Webster who was born in England. he had been in South Africa long enough to have taken part in the Damaraland War and other clashes with the natives. He had one wagon laden with supplies for 12 months and the whole family. They left the Transvaal early in 1893.

On 30th August, 1893, the party arrived on Moodie's farm at Water Fall. Moolman pegged his farm about 6 miles from Moodie, but Webster went too far to the east in the direction of Mozzerezi and found out afterwards that his farm was pegged in Portuguese territory.

Shortly after he had pegged his farm Webster killed just beyond Chipungabera. An English missionary, Burgin, who was staying with them, accidentally killed Webster when his gun went of whilst he was cleaning it.

Webster's son John and Jurie Moolman, Moolman's son, started transport riding for for the American missionaries and Portuguese from Malata to Mount Silinda.

Mrs Webster, realising that it would be impossible to continue living in the Portuguese territory applied for a farm in Rhodesia near Melsetter. She lived on this farm "The Meadows" for many years. She died aged 84 in the Mt. Silinda Hospital.

Members of the Moolman-Webster Trek.

Children

Children

  • Johannes Bezuidenhout who went back to the Transvaal.
  • John Ballantyne
  • Jakens?
  • ? Lecorno