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About Hendrik Johannes Bekker, b4...e2f4

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(Rhodesian history)

Until October 1923, Southern Rhodesia was under the administration of the British South Africa Company.

On October 1, 1923 it became a self governing British Colony. In 1953, Southern Rhodesia, Nothern Rhodesia and Nyasaland were united to form the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. The federation was dissolved in December 1963. Subsequently, Southern Rhodesia adopted the name Rhodesia. In 1979, the name was changed to Zimbabwe Rhodesia; later in 1979 the name was shortened to Zimbabwe.

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Zimbabwe Co-ordinates 26.57S / 31.2 E

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Trekke na Rhodesia

Adendorff 1891-92

Van der Byl 1891 Vertruik uit Kaapstad. Datum onbekend.

Moodie 1892 Vertrek 5 Mei 1892 uit Bethlehem - Arriveer in Water Falls 3 Januarie 193

Moolman-Webster 1893 Vertrek 6 Mei 1893 uit Groot Marico - Arriveer Augustus 1893

Edenburg 1894 Vertrek 20 Maart - Arriveer 9 September 1894

Mynhardt-Utrecht Vertrek 29 Maart 1894 uit Utrecht - Arriveer 1 Oktober 1894

Martin 1894 Vertrek 19 April 1984 uit Fouriesburg - Arriveer 10 Oktober 1984

Du Plessis 1894 & 1895 Vertrek 26 Mei 1893 uit Reitz - Arriveer 12 Augustus 1984 Vertrek 2 Mei 1895 uit Utrecht - Arriveer 11 Oktober 1895

Kruger Bekker 1895 Vertrek 21 April 1895 uit Pretoria - Arriveer 27 Julie 1895

Henry-Steyn 1895 Vertrek 5 Mei 1895 uit Kroonstad - Arriveer 30 Oktober 1895

Inliting verkry van: Roots Web: SOUTH AFRICA-l Rhodesian Treks --- --- ---- Uittreksel uit Afrikaners in die vreemde (p. 137) deur C J Scheepers Strydom Die Kruger-Bekker-trek (1895) ... Laasgenoemde deel was onder leiding van Hendrik Bekker. Hy, sy vrou en kinders het ook in 1891 transport gery na Salisbury, waar sy een seun, Jan, in Julie 1891 gebore is - bes moontlik die eerste blanke seun daar.

Mnr. Bekker se bedoeling was om meer mense te gaan haal om saam met hom na die vreemde te gaan. Hy het in Pretoria en in die distrik mense bymekaar gemaak. Sy trek het gekom tot op Fort Charter, waar mnr. Bekker die plaas, wat later in die dorp ontwikkel het, gepen en dit die naam van Enkel-doorn - Enkel-de-doorn - gegee het, ween sie feit dat daar net een groot doringboomop die bult gestaan het (14)

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Chivu - Wikipedia

Chivu (voorheen Enkeldoorn) is 'n dorpie in die middel van Zimbabwe in die provinsie Mashonaland-Oos met 'n geskatte bevolking in 2007 van net meer as 10 000.

Die dorpie het ontstaan toe Hendrik Bekker 'n plaas afgemeet het aan die pad tussen Fort Victoria (nou Masvingo) en Salisbury (nou Harare). Hy het dit Enkeldoorn genoem na aanleiding van die soort akasia wat hier gegroei het. Bekker het later sy plaas net so agtergelaat, maar Enkeldoorn het in 'n dorpie ontwikkel, wat die middelpunt was van 'n vooruitstrewende boerderygemeenskap wat hoofsaaklik uit Afrikaners bestaan het. Die meeste het hulle reeds in die tyd van Cecil John Rhodes hier kom vestig. Hulle het altyd spottenderwys na hulle gebied as die Republiek van Enkeldoorn verwys met die plaaslike kroeg as die hoofstad. 'n Aandenkingsvisum is destyds aan besoekers uitgereik en 'n spesiale Enkeldoon-das aan hulle verkoop waarop 'n afbeelding van 'n enkel doonboom gedruk was.

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Cecil M Hulley's Memories of Manicaland: 6: First Treks into Manicaland

Ernst Kruger's was the second last Pioneer Trek to Gazaland. In the early days when the Mashonaland expidition left he started transportriding and made good money. The only incicient recorded was when Mr. Longden, the Magistrate at Melsetter, tried to prevent him from delivering an order for drinks, to Bulawayo! He continued transport riding until 1895, and as competition then became too much for him, decided to move into Rhodesia. He joined Hendrik Bekker, who had been in the transport business since 1890. It is interesting to note that his wife accompanied him on one of his trips to Salisbury in 1890 and in 1891 his son Jan was born in Salisbury. This might well have been the first baby to be born in the capital. Mr. Bekker states that he got as much as seven pounds 10 shillings for the goods he delivered, and at times were as many as ninety wagons lined up in Salisbury. He lost most of his oxen in Salisbury through lung sickness, but as thee was a big demand for timber all over Rhodesia at the time, he signed a contract to saw and deliver wood to the British South Africa Company at eighty punds a week. He had a flourishing mill on the banks of the Hynyani and Bekker also stated that many transport riders, having completed a good contract sold their wagons and returned to South Africa by coach. In this way Bekker managed to buy a wagon and team of oxen for two hundred pounds.

Only two families joined him and at Fort Victoria a Mr. Pretorius persuaded him to go to Gazaland. They joined parties and follwed the Moodie Trek as far as Waterfalls. There they contacted the Commandant at Mozzarezzi, who promised them one hundred farms if they brought settlers to occup them.

The son-in-Law of Pretorius, Lucas Laubscher, lost his way out hunting only to be found fatally ill with malaria and being carried on a zebra skin by Africans. the family returned to South Africa where Mr. Pretorius died, and Bekker failed to accomplish his great desire of persuading his hundred people to settle in Portuguese East Africa. However, Rhodes persuaded him that it would be more desirable if they went to Melsetter. Rhodes said many people in England and South Africa seemed to think that they woud never be able to create a white man's country in Rhodesia. He was anxious to show the world that this was not so, the possibilities in Rhodesia was great. Rhodes required men who knew something about farming to make a start in Gazaland and prove that agriculture in itself would be a great asset to the country. When Mr. Kruger pointed out to him that Gazaland was virtually cut off from other parts of Rhodesia, and that other areas such as south of Bulawayo were more favourable, he assured them that whatever progress might take place he would see to it that the same privilleges were granted to the Melsetter part of the country. Considering this, Ernst Kruger replied that he would change his course, but when he arrived in Gazaland Dubar Moodie was suspicious, because at that time trouble was brewing between President Kruger and the British, and ha had the same name. After making the excuse that there were no farms availble, he advised Kruger to return to the Transvaal. The party therefore decided to, except Bezuidenhout and du Preez, to go to Massorezi, but before they were able to select farms, all except Bekker went down with Malaria. On top op this the rinderpest broke out, therefore their intensions to return to South Africa were delayed. the party struggled back to Melsetter. There Mr. Kruger again met Mr. Longden and because of the argument a year before about transporting liquor, Longden was not ready to help him, so he was unable to obtain a farm. Eventually Mr. Labuschagne allowed them to occupy his farm "Avontuur", and because they had run out of ammunition, clothing and food (after having had such a troubled experience) Mr. Labuschagne also gave them a pair of oxen to get to the farm. The group was now down to bedrock and their only remaining ox they sold for about eighty pounds which was all they possessed. But a year or two later this party of settlers obtained their own farm where they remained and were satified.

Mr. Bekker, having no money to start farming, accepted a contract to cut a road to Beira and all went well until one day he suddenly took ill, collapsed and died.

This broke the spirit of this party that Portuguese East Africa was not for them and returned to Melsetter. Here they were given hospitality by de Beer who asked them to remain on his farm "MIddelstroom."

The two treks were the most unfortunate of aal the pioneer efforts to Gazaland. One feels that they had earned a fairer treatment. However, they proved themselves worthy of their race. The determination and courage of all those men and women should always be remembered and revered in the history of Manicaland.

Members of the Kruger-Bekker Trek (1895):

Hennie and Christie Bekker and children Koot, Annie, Hendrick, Soon Jozua, David Piet, Jan, Maria and Chrissie. Wynand and Dorie Bezuidenhout and their children Wynand, Klasie, Hans, Barend, Jan, Cornelius, Johanna, Anie and Dorie; Fanie and Lead du Preez and children Salaman and Johanna; Ernst Kruger with their children Petrus, Maria, Hans and Wynand; Willem and Nellie Smit and their children Nik, Gert, Soon, Lettie and Johanna.

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??? Comment by Ronel - I don't have a clue if this might have any interest for us. Therefore I include it for decisionmaking purposes.

At 3 November 2010 Rhodesia Remembered said: Emily Messina Writes:-

I remember a cemetery near Vila de Manica - which had many graves of the old pioneers. We found the cemeter one day - long ago! It was at the end of a rutted road, up a hill just outside of the town. Very interesting and rather sad to realize what a hart life it must have been for them. I think those that were buried there had started theif farms in Mocambique, not knowing where the border line was.

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Hendrik Johannes Bekker, b4...e2f4's Timeline

November 6, 1843
Cradock, Cape Colony, South Africa
October 19, 1845
Age 1
Cradock, Cape Colony, South Africa
Lydenburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa
December 1880
Transvaal, South Africa
Transvaal, South Africa
February 2, 1885
Transvaal, South Africa
January 1888
Transvaal, South Africa
September 4, 1888
Transvaal, South Afrika
January 19, 1891