Start My Family Tree Welcome to Geni, home of the world's largest family tree.
Join Geni to explore your genealogy and family history in the World's Largest Family Tree.

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

« Back to Projects Dashboard

Project Tags

view all


Kimberley Camp

People in this camp


People who died in this camp


Kimberley camp was located in the Cape Colony on the Cape-ORC border but formed part of the ORC system. As one of the besieged towns, Kimberley had suffered severely from the war and there was little sympathy in the town for the camp inmates, especially the families of the Cape rebels who were housed there. Kimberley was a flat, hot town, always short of water and notoriously unhealthy. The camp itself, located on de Beers property in Newton, on the outskirts of the town, was inches deep in loose, sandy soil.1

Some kind of camp probably came into being in the early stages of the war for relief had to be found for destitute Boers from Griqualand West as early as December 1899.2 The formal camp, however, was set up by the town commandant on 4 January 1901 and run by Major Wright and the men of the Kimberley Regiment. Emily Hobhouse was contemptuous of Wright, a colonial volunteer rather than a regular soldier, whom she described as a ‘coarse, lazy, indifferent old man’ who did no work and left his son to run the camp. The result was a dirty, smelly camp where whooping cough and measles were rife and there was almost no medical attention.3 ‘Undesirable’ Cape rebel families, who were ‘not refugees in the true acceptance of the term’, were mixed with people from the Free State, the Transvaal and Bechuanaland.

Under military management disorder prevailed in Kimberley. In the beginning the Free State families were rationed differently from the Cape rebels and appear to have been subject to different regulations. A weak superintendent usually meant arbitrary treatment of the people with the result that the Kimberley women were amongst the most bitter that Emily Hobhouse encountered. As early as February 1901 the women petitioned the British government: ‘On account of carelessness, bad management, and ill-treatment, it is now the second time that we are drenched through and through by rain, which caused our children, already sick with measles, whooping cough, and fever, to become dangerously ill’, they wrote and urged that they be allowed to return to their homes.4

By February 1901, when the civilian camp administration was formed in the ORC, it was clear that all was not well in Kimberley. Finally Sydney Schutte, who subsequently became the first civilian superintendent, was sent by the ORC chief superintendent, Captain Trollope, to find out what was going on. Schutte’s brief, at this stage, was to concern himself only with the ORC people. Emily Hobhouse thought this absurd. She wrote to her brother, ‘Isn’t it ridiculous to split the camp in that way? They urge economy, won’t give soap or mattresses, then go and pay two Superintendents and two doctors and so forth and £500 for a barbed-wire fence, which anybody determined to escape could easily cut through’



  • Baartman,Albertus Bernhardus (38) Unique ID 77797 Tent no 5182
  • With Brother Siebert.
  • Camp History: 21/4/1902 -15/12/1902
  • Farm History: Koopmansfontein,Barkley Wes.
  • Baartman, Siebert (26) Unique ID 77796 Tent 5182
  • With brother Albertus B
  • Camp History: 24/4/1902 -4/12/1902
  • Farm History:Koopmansfontein,Barkley Wes
  • Badenhorst, Barend Daniel Rudolph (50) Unique ID 73914 Tents: 885, 2698
  • With wife and two children
  • Camp history: 12/7/1901-31/7/1902
  • Farm History: De Kuil, Jacobsdal
  • Badenhorst, (Mev) Maria Elizabeth Petronella(44) Unique ID: 73915 Tent 885,2698
  • Camp history: 12/7/1901-31/7/1902 With husband and 2 children.
  • Farm History:De Kuil, Jacobsdal
  • Badenhorst, Maria Elizabeth Petronella(18) Unique ID: 73916 Tent 885,2698
  • Camp history: 12/7/1901-31/7/1902 With parents and brother.
  • Farm History:De Kuil, Jacobsdal
  • Badenhorst, Petrus Johannes (6) Unique ID: 73917 Tent 885,2698
  • Camp history: 12/7/1901-31/7/1902 With parents and sister
  • Farm History:De Kuil, Jacobsdal

Botha family of Christiana and Bloemhof:

  • Mother and 5 Children 1 Son died,
  • Botha,(Mrs) Sarah Maria Magdalena(380 Unique ID: 77090 Tent 3118
  • Status of Husband, Christoffel Jacobus Botha: On Commando
  • Camp History: 14/7/1901 - 21/6/1902
  • Fram History: Zwartlaagte, Bloemhof, Transvaal
  • Botha, Anna Catharina ( 2 months) D.o. Botha family from Bloemhof and Christiana
  • Unique ID: 77095 Tent 3118
  • Camp History:14/7/1901 - 21/6/1902
  • Fram History: Zwartlaagte, Bloemhof, Transvaal
  • Botha, Huibrecht Francina (9) D.o. Botha family from Bloemhof and Christiana
  • Unique ID: 77092 Tent 3118
  • Camp History:14/7/1901 - 21/6/1902
  • Fram History: Zwartlaagte, Bloemhof, Transvaal
  • Botha, Maria Elizabeth (11) D.o. Botha family from Bloemhof and Christiana
  • Botha, Susanna Maria Magdalena (3) D.o. Botha family from Bloemhof and Christiana



  • Jeanetta Hendrina Elizabeth du Plessis 1877 - 1914
  • du Toit, Hendrina Johanna (38) Unique ID 74238 Tent No. 421
  • du Toit, Annie Margaretha(17)Unique ID 74239 Tent No. 421
  • du Toit, Engela Jacoba Hendrina (7) Unique ID 74241 Tent No. 421
  • du Toit, Hendrika Johanna (14) Unique ID 74240 Tent No. 421







They died in Kimberley Camp



  • Botha, Christoffel Jacobus (7) Died on 3/1/1902 of Phneumonia
  • S.o. Botha family from Bloemhof and Christiana
  • Unique ID: 77093 Tent 3118
  • Camp History:14/7/1901 - 3/1/1902 Reason for departure: Death
  • Fram History: Zwartlaagte, Bloemhof, Transvaal



  • Du Toit, Hermina Catharina (4.8) Died on 1/9/1901 according to DN VAB MHG 425
  • Cause of death Phneumonia
  • Daughter of Petrus Lodewickus and Hendrina Johanna du Toit.
  • Unique ID: 74242 Tent 421 With mother and 2 sisters
  • Camp History: 23/4/1901-1/9/19001 Reson for departure Death
  • Farm History: Leeuhoogte, Boshof OVS


  • Cause of death – Enteritis
  • Cause of death – Asthma


  • Cause of death – Measles and Pneumonia
  • Cause of death – Enteric
  • Cause of death – Diptheria



  • S.o. Pieter Abraham Theron and Johanna Geezina Verwey
  • Farm History: Zoutpan Bloemhof

How to Participate

If you have an ancestor who was in the ABW Kimberley Concentration Camp:

  1. Get yourself added as a collaborator
  2. Navigate to your ancestor's profile
  3. Under the "More Actions" link choose "Add to Project"
  4. Select the ABO ===Kimberley===" project

How to add a link is explained in the attached document - Adding links to Geni profiles to projects.


  • Include in the "About Me" section of each person a brief biographical sketch of their lives. Also include their Settler party and ship name and arrival date if known
  • Include a photograph/painting of your ancestor if one exists.
  • Your ancestor's profiles should be marked as "public" and not "private".
  • All included profiles should include full identifying information including birth and death dates as well as birth and death locations. It would also be very helpful if the immediate family of your pioneer ancestor, (their parents, siblings and children) profiles were public profiles also.
  • Do not make public any profiles of living people.

NOTE: All POW included on this project will have their profiles editable by other collaborators of this project. The object of reproducing the list here is to see if these people can be located on Geni and perhaps develop trees from them. To take part in any project - you do need to first be a collaborator - so join the project. See the discussion Project Help: How to add Text to a Project - Starter Kit to get you going!

Jump Back to: