The Genealogical Society of South Africa

North West Branch

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

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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members with access to more than 150 family registers, more or less 5000 funeral notices and the Museum's collection of historical documents.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

2017 NW Bestuur

 

The 2017 Committee: 
From Left to Riight
Danie Meintjies: Ondervoorsitter/Vice Chairman
Ellie Kotze: Ledesekretaris/Membership Secretary
Johanita Viviers: Tesourier/Treasurer
Elmarie Weyers: Sekretaris/Secretary
Esther Visser-Stieger: Redakteur Famnea/Editor Famnea
Dirk Bloem: Voorsitter/Chairman

 

 

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.