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

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Although Meintjes Kop was part of the Transvaal system, its purpose was slightly different from the majority of the camps, since it was established specifically to house the families of National Scouts – those Boers who were fighting for the British. Such families often had a hard time in the main camps, for they were despised by the women whose men were still on commando or were prisoners of war. The camp came into being only in December 1901 to replace Van der Hoven’s Drift camp nearby. After some indecision, for the camp was established first at Bronkhorstspruit and then at Eerste Fabrieken, it was finally located on the hill above Pretoria (on which the Union Buildings now stand) and opened on 11 January 1902.

Despite its late formation, and the fact that this was a loyalist camp, the first superintendent, Major A.M. Lloyd, had to contend with the usual range of problems. He was desperately short of male labour, black or white, to pitch the tents, dig trenches and perform all the necessary tasks of camp life. Storms knocked down the tents after they were pitched, there was no transport and people were sent in without prior notice. Sickness increased rapidly, from eight to forty-one within the month largely, the MO explained, because people were imported in a weakly condition from other camps. Fortunately few were really serious. By March the camp had reached nearly 2,000 and they were running out of tents. Other amenities were rapidly introduced, including a school where, Lloyd noted, the families were particularly anxious that their children should learn to speak English. They were, at least, contented for, the superintendent noted, ‘All the inmates like this camp and many have given up their homes in town to come out and live here’.

By May the camp was full, with applications coming in all the time for more places, but the lack of tents limited the number who could be admitted. The superintendent announced proudly that General J.G. Celliers, who had joined the National Scouts, wanted some of his relatives accommodated in the camp which was, the General said, the cleanest he had seen.

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  • Duckitt, Mrs. Anna Magrieta Adrina Duckitt (45) Unique ID125760
  • In Irene Camp from 3/10/1901 - 21/5/1902 then Transferred to Meintjeskop till the end of the war.
  • Whith her son Hendrik Schalk Duckitt.
  • Farm history: Duckitt family from Nylstroom
  • Duckitt, Hendrik Schalk (7) Unique ID 125761 With mother Anna Magrieta
  • Camp history: Irene camp 3/10/1901 - 21/5/1902 the transferred to Meintjeskop till end of war.
  • Farm History: Dickitt family from Nylstroom

They died in Meintjes Kop Camp





  • de Beer, Cornelius Wilhelm (62) Unique ID 5541
  • Died from disease of liver, dropsy & jaundice

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