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Kinders van Ontheemdes

KINDERS VAN ONTHEEMDES DEEL BLYE WEERSIENS NA 50 JAAR.
Die Volksblad: 6 Okt.2015.

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ʼn Halfeeu van verpakte herinnering is verlede naweek deur afstammelinge van ontheemde boeregesinne van nou die Wildtuin-Tussen-die Riviere uitgepak.
Kinders van 50 jaar gelede is nou meestal ouer as wat hulle ouers was toe hulle in 1965-1967 die gebied moes verlaat omdat hul voortbestaan deur die bou van die Gariepdam bedreig sou word.
Die groep wat die re-unie bygewoon het is die twee kinders van Jan en Corrie du Plessis van Du Plooy’s Rust (Petro en Doep), vier van Simon en Rita du Plooy van Brakfontein (Koos, Chris, Simon en Marietjie) en drie van Willem en Lena Kruger van Spes-Bona (Lettie, Lena en Mariaan).
Dit het weggespring met vreugdevolle uitroepe van weersiens, verbasing en selfs ongeloof oor die spore wat vyftig jaar nagelaat het.
ʼn Paar gemene delers:
Heimwee is sterk deur elkeen verwoord. Hulle onthou die dae toe hul standvastige bestaan en behoort soos ʼn mat onder hulle voete uitgeruk is. Dat hulle nie herwaarts of derwaarts geweet het nie. Die ontnugtering wat hulle ouers byna tot stomheid geslaan het. Hulle hulpeloosheid om hul ouers op so ʼn byna hulpelose lydensweg te sien gaan. Hulle rotse wat kort duskant vermurwe omdraai.
Die harteloosheid van politici wat aan die spits gestaan het met allerlei dreigemente indien die boere nie hul aanbiedinge sou aanvaar nie. Hofsake wat in Grahamstad onverrigtersake daarteen gevoer is. Dit wek vandag nog ʼn tikke bitterheid, omdat waardeerders wortels in katoen en wyn gehad het en bloedweinig van die streek en sy boerdery geweet het.
Pragtige opstalle waarop hulle trots was, waar hulle geborge gevoel het en saam met die werkers ʼn eenheid met wedersydse respek gevorm het - en skielik was alles weg!
Die geld wat aan die boere uitbetaal is was in die meeste gevalle nie genoeg om elders plase van dieselfde omvang te gaan koop nie. Jan du Plessis (Du Plooysrus) kon in dieselfde distrik slegs twee-derdes van die grootte van sy twee plase koop en moes sy skaapkudde van meer as 2 000 tot sowat 1 000 afskaal. Sy ontnugtering is wyd gedeel.
Die spyker in daardie gesinne se herinneringe was toe alles met die grond gelyk gemaak is sodat geen twee stene opmekaar bly staan het nie.
Maar die naweek was nie bedoel om gal te braak nie. Staaltjies van regte kindwees in ʼn Christelike gemeenskap waar wedersydse geloof, liefde en respek gemeenskapsvlae was, is met mekaar gedeel.

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Verhale van ouers wat Maandagoggende vroeg op ‘n primitiewe grondpad kollektief kinders dorp toe en skool toe karwei het en hoe kort-kort stilgehou moes word om ys van die vooruit af te skil. Hoe bure se kinders deur die veld gestap het om vir mekaar te gaan kuier.
Verlede Saterdag (26 Sept. 2015) het die konvooi op toer deur die wildtuin onder lowergroen koelte reuse op Brakfontein neffens waar die Du Plooy’s se posstal was, uitgespan om middagete te nuttig. Daarna is almal terug na die kamphuise waar tot laat in die saal gebraai is en gekuier is.
Dan nog gemene delers: Geeneen is wrokkig oor die verlede nie. Almal is uiteraard dankbaar vir die geleentheid om te kom afsluit. Te ervaar wat ʼn pragstuk die nalatenskap van hul ouers se landgoedere nou daar is. Die pragtige wild en natuurskoon het die hartsnare geroer.
Dankbaarheid omdat die mense wat moes padgee, soos hul voorsate, met die Hugenotegees en in geloof kon opstaan, hervestig en hul kinders kon help om ʼn staanplek te kry – al was dit wyd versprei.
Nog ʼn stukkie nostalgiese trots is dat hul opofferinge gehelp het dat die Gariepdam kon verrys en as een van die land se sierade pronk.

Piet Theron-(Bethulie)

Die artikel is geplaas met die instemming van die redakteur van die Volksblad

Genealogy Beginner's Course: 25 May 2013

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The Genealogy Beginner's Course sponsored by the Northwest Branch on Saturday, 25 May 2013 at the Potchefstroom Museum, was well-attended and once more proved that the interest in family history and research is steadily growing.
The renowned Isabel Groesbeek of Isabel Groesbeek Genealogiese Dienste (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) introduced 19 course attendants to the many facets of genealogical research. In two theoretical and one practical sessions of 2 hours each she focussed on the essence of genealogy; the reasons why this kind of research is done; the different kinds of research undertaken; the methodology behind it; sources of information as well as how the documentation of information is done. In her presentation, Isabel often referred to the service provided by the Genealogical Society. She encouraged everyone to join.
The Beginner's Course was mainly advertised through local and area-newspapers. This explains why a lot of those who were present came from Rustenburg, Schweizer-Reineke, Wolmaransstad, Klerksdorp, Stilfontein and Carletonville in order to attend the course in Potchefstroom. Suzette du Plessis, from Potchefstroom, sent the following SMS after completing the course:" Dankie vir die naweek se uitmuntende kursus. Ek het so baie geleer en alles was uit die boonste rakke. Van die dekor, verrassingspakket tot die heerlike ete en verversings." Everbody agreed that the course was really worth it’s while and that those who attended had more knowledge and confidence afterwards to proceed on their own with researching their ancestors.

Marathon for McArthur

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On Saturday, 10 November 2012, Potchefstromers and participating athletes had a taste of a marathon ran In Stockholm Sweden a hundred years ago during the Traumeel KK McArthur Memorial Marathon and Road Race. This grueling marathon was won by the Irish born Potchefstromer, Kennedy Kane McArthur in a record time of 2:36:54 on July 14, 1912.

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102Kock Street Potchefstroom was manned by members of GSSA North West Branch, Heritage Potchefstroom and the staff of the
Potchefstroom Museum.  Dressed in period dress and old-fashioned music, played on an authentic "His Masters Voice" gramophone in the background, they encouraged the athletes vociferously, spoiling them with orange slices and cold drinks. Nearly 1,000 athletes took part in the memorial marathon and road race.  Among them was Josiah Thugwane, the only other South African who has since succeeded to win an Olympic marathon and Blanche Moila who dominated road races in South Africa in the women's division in the 1970's and 80's. A delegation of 6 Irishmen, including 2 former mayors of Dervock, had specially travelled to Potchefstroom to be part of the anniversary event. 

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Everyone agreed that the KK  McArthur Memorial Marathon and Road Race must definitely become an annual event in Potchefstroom.
Kennedy Kane McArthur was born on February 10, 1881 in Dervock Northern Ireland.  He was the second of five children from the marriage of Robert Jamieson McArthur and Mary Ann McArthur. After his schooling, he was a postman in Dervock and District. With the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War, McArthur joined the South African Constabulary that served in the former Transvaal.  As a policeman,

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he was stationed in Potchefstroom at Lindequesdrift,  Kraalkop and later in Potchefstroom.
In 1904 McArthur completed his first race between Klerksdorp and Potchefstroom (57 km).  During his athletic career, he took part in a total of 6 marathons and won them all.  Despite his achievements, he was not selected for the Springbok team in 1908 that participated in the London Olympics.  This honour would be bestowed on him 1912 when he and his Springbok team-mate, Christopher Gitsham  participated in the Stockholm Marathon.  At the halfway mark Gitsham was first and McArthur third.  Approximately 3.2 miles from the finish line Gitsham stopped at a fountain along the road to drink water. McArthur kept running and crossed the finish line in a record time of 2:36:54.  Gitsham was second with a time of 2:37:52. Of the 69 athletes that took part in the race, only 34 finished.
On McArthur's return to South Africa he suffered an injury that ended his athletic career.  He died 13/08/1960 at the age of 79 years and was buried in Potchefstroom Cemetery.
McArthur's Springbok jacket, the laurel wreath he received during Stockholm Olympics, his athletic number (No. 613), and his medals and trophies can be viewed in the Potchefstroom Museum.

North West Branch

potch museum rev 2The Northwest Branch is a dynamic branch where beginner, as well as experienced genealogists are encouraged to share their passion for family history.
The Northwest Branch is situated in Potchefstroom and serves mainly the North West Province. The Branch was founded in 2004, July 6th with a membership of 12 individuals. Membership has since than grown to a total of 60 individuals. Members and interested parties convene monthly at 19:00, except for the months of January, July and December, at the Potchefstroom Museum (corner of Wolmarans and Sol Plaatjie Avenue).
The Northwest Branch aims to equip members with the skills to conduct genealogical research and experts from all over the country often address members on a wide variety of subjects of genealogical interest. New members are shown the ropes with regard to consulting the various genealogical sources and by excursions to relevant archives and the LDS-centre. Beginner courses in genealogical research are also provided. Branch members do not only receive, but contribute to genealogy by photographing cemeteries and making the data available.
The Northwest Branch could not have found a more convenient site for its library than the Potchefstroom Museum. The branch library provides members with access to more than 150 family registers, more or less 5000 funeral notices and the Museum's collection of historical documents. Local newspapers, published as early as 1905, photographs and maps of considerate historical value and publications on the local history of Potchefstroom and South Africa (for instance the Boer War and the Great Trek) are at members' fingertips. For an updated version of the the bibliographyThe Branch's library at the Potchefstroom Museum is open weekdays from 9:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 16:30 and no entrance fees are required. pdf Genealogical Sources:Potchefstroom Museum Admission is free. The Library receives genealogical queries daily and this is reponded to by knowledgeable museum staff members and branch members. Enquiries can be directed to West
The Branch's quarterly newsletter, Famnea, is published in February, May, August and November (see latest publication of newsletter). The newsletter provides members with the opportunity to contribute articles about their family research or other related and interesting topics. The editors give preference to articles with subject matter relating to the Northwest Province.The latest edition of Famnea can be downloaded at this link Famnea

The 2014 Committee
The branch Annual General Meeting took place on 3 February 2014. At this well

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attended meeting the new committee for 2014 was elected. The strategy for 2014 was discussed and one of the priority tasks identified was to bring genealogy to the people. Although the branch members are enthusiastic about their hobby the concept of family research was not  known outside the doors of the branch. The meeting unanimously decided that  a definite plan to bring genealogy to the people must be developed. The chairman Simon du Plooy and the vice chairman Dirk Bloem were re-elected. Elmarie Weyers is the secretary and Johanita  Viviers the assistant secretary also responsible for Facebook. Esther Stieger Visser is the editor of Famnea, the quarterly journal of the branch whilst Sonja van der Westhuizen  is responsible for the layout of Famnea. Louw Hattingh is the treasurer and Stephan Botha the member for Klerksdorp. Ellie Kotze is the committee member for  membership affairs.

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