Anna Maria Petronella Bester

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About Anna Maria Petronella Bester

The biograghy of Anna Maria Petronella Bester (nee de Wet), is one of sixty biographies of the typical woman who established their homes in the Rhodesia of 1897-1923, in one of the books, Down Memory Lane with Some Early Rhodesian Women, written by Madeline Heald.

Mrs. Anna Maria Petronella Bester (nee de Wet) was born at Heilbron, Orange Free State, on 27 July 1879 and married Bernardus Hermanus Bester in Heilbron on 2 February 1897.

The Bester family trekked to Rhodesia by mule-wagons, arriving in Enkeldoorn on 1 October 1908. Their eldest daughter, Johanna Sophia (now Mrs. de Wet) relates the following in a letter dated 10 June 1976:......

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Anna Maria Petronella Bester's Timeline

July 27, 1879
OFS, South Africa
May 5, 1900
Age 20
Estcourt, Uthukela DC, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
February 21, 1903
Age 23
Frankfort,OFS, South Africa
December 23, 1912
Age 33
October 20, 1915
Age 36
August 20, 1917
Age 38
August 22, 1919
Age 40
March 5, 1940
Age 60
Enkeldoorn, Southern Rhodesia