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Anglo Boere Oorlog/Boer War (1899-1902) PRETORIA & VAN DER HOVEN'S DRIFT Kamp/Camp

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  • Elsje Catharina van Wyk (1842 - 1901)
    Marriage record can be viewed at: Concentration Camp record can be viewed at : Concentration Camp Memorial (E du Plessis) :
  • Johanna Elizabeth van Smaalen, SM (1868 - 1928)
    DEATH NOTICE AND TESTAMENT In September a more formal administration was set in place. A marquee was set up as a hospital and Nurse A. de Villiers was appointed in the place of Nurse van Smallen from...

van der Hoven’s Drift & Pretoria

  • The reason for joining these 2 camps are because they go hand in hand and was both very small.

People in Pretoria camp


People who died in Pretoria camp


People in van der Hoven’s Drift camp


People who died in van der Hoven’s Drift camp


Van der Hoven’s Drift existed for a short time as a camp for the families whose men were in the loyalist British forces. It is not clear when it was first established nor who ran it. On 27 August 1901, however, it was taken over by the government relief committee in Pretoria and R.I. Wilson installed as superintendent. He was later replaced by M.J. Stucki. The camp was tiny, consisting of 511 people when the government took it over, but by the end of September it had declined to only 185.

At this stage facilities were very limited, consisting only of a supervisor, assistant and issuer. Sanitation was carried out by Pretoria municipality. In September a more formal administration was set in place. A marquee was set up as a hospital and Nurse A. de Villiers was appointed in the place of Nurse van Smallen from Irene, who had proved unsatisfactory. A soup kitchen was run by Mrs Carinus, with the Pretoria Benevolent Society usually providing the meat. When meat was in short supply, it was replaced with rice and sago pudding, which was ‘much appreciated’. Two bake ovens had been erected along with a hot water tank.

In early January van der Hoven’s Drift camp was closed down and the inmates moved to Meintjes Kop.


Published camp reports: CD 853, pp.46-47; Cd 902, pp. 52-53.

Pretoria RC

  • Location:Pretoria
  • Notes: Near Potgieter Street, next to the Pretoria-Pietersburg Station; Ploeger notes: see also Van der Hoven's Drift, Pretoria
  • Unique ID: 62

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  • Maiden name du Plessis.
  • Farm history: Elandskraal Rustenburg

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