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Anglo Boere Oorlog/Boer War (1899-1902) IRENE Camp/Kamp

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  • Photo with thanks to eGGSA. Follow this link to see all photo's of the camp.

People in Camp: 10297

Deaths: 1610

Irene has received more attention than any other camp, for a number of reasons. Because it was located so close to Pretoria, it was under the eye of the senior camp authorities. The presence of a group of Boer women from Pretoria who nursed in the camp and who expressed themselves strongly on conditions there, at the time and later, gave it additional notoriety. But there were other factors as well. The Irene camp superintendents and medical officers wrote long, detailed reports reflecting on many aspects of life in the camp. Taken with the accounts of the Pretoria women, we have perspectives on Irene camp from many different standpoints. These accounts have to be interpreted carefully but they give us a valuable sense of the life in Irene.

Even before the British reached Pretoria, the capital was overflowing with refugees and the arrival of the British triggered a fresh influx. As a result, Pretoria was forced to supply relief to a substantial number of people from the start of the war. Some of the Boer families were housed in a camp on the banks of the Apies River, where Henrietta Armstrong, one of the Pretoria women, worked already in 1900. Irene camp may have been formed shortly after Kitchener’s notice of 22 September 1900 that camps should be established in Pretoria and Bloemfontein; it was certainly in existence in December 1900 and the Apies River families were then moved to Irene. At this stage, in December 1900, when there were 891 inmates, the camp was managed by the military under Capt Hime-Haycock.



  • Hester Susanna Alberts (15) 1886-
  • Alberts, Nicolaas Renier (38) Unique ID 12406
  • Aurets, Jeremiah (55) Arrived 10/3/1901 Unique ID 124014
  • In Tent RT 349 with wife and 6 children


  • Botes, Abraham Petrus (10) Unique ID 124892 28/6/1901-29/6/1901 Tent NO RT 1501
  • Farm History: Schoongzicht, Pretoria.
  • With mother, Aletta Johanna and 4 siblings




  • Tent RT 1263 Unique ID 127437
  • Family history: Jansen family, Middelburg, Cape.





  • Christoffel Johannes Snyman Born 20/7/1897 according to mother Cornelia Susanna Alberts' Death notice.
  • Louis Jeremias Cornelis Snyman Born 14/11/1898 according to mother Cornelia Susanna Alberts' Death notice.
  • Agatha Gertruida Snyman Born on 22/11/1901 according to camp register NASA Pretoria.D.o.Cornelia Susanna Albert and Christoffel Johannes Snyman. Her mother died in camp a day after she was born.
  • Farm History: Rietvlei, Krugersdorp













  • Cause of death – Measles


  • Cause of Death – Measles
  • Irene Concentration Camp


  • Marais, Jacobus Abram (78) Died on 22/7/1901
  • Camp History: Unique ID 128223 Tent RT 514
  • Farm History: Tweefontein, Pretoria
  • Family: With daughter in law, Martha Sophia Marais and grandchildren Master David Jacobus Marais, Mr Jacobus Abram Marais,Mrs Ellie Dorothea Fourie





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The Irene Concentration Camp Cemetery

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