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From: "Becky Horne" <>
Subject: [ZA-EC] Boksburg Advertiser ~ Early days - Part II
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2007 21:56:59 +0200
>From the pen of Tombi
[Continued from Part I]
Boksburg Advertiser and Boksberg Voolksblad
Thursday, June 17, 1937
Mr. I. W. C. VAN WYK was the agent of the owner of the farm Elsburg
(Klippoortjie), Mr. ELS, who, on the advice of his agent, laid out a
township, but, as he had made no provision for stands for Gvernment (sic)
building, the Government refused to acknowledge Elsburg as a township.
About July, 1887, The Government proclaimed Boksburg (named after Mr. W. E.
BOK, then Secretary of State, father of Justice W. E. BOK, of Kimberley) as
a Government township, and had a mines office and post office built where
the present post office is situated. The mines department was then
transferred from Elsburg, the staff being increased with Mr. VAN STAVEREN as
claims inspector, and one clerk whose name I cannot remember.
Behind the then mines and post office buildings, where BEZUIDENHOUT's
building is now situated, a building, consisting of two large rooms, was
built, the one room used as a gaol, and the other as a charge office. My
brother, Mr. W. A. JORDAAN, was transferred from Elsburg, and promoted to
Sergeant 1/C, with Mr. Harry MOYLES as mounted constable.
Mr. Jan HAAR, a Hollander, was the first post master, with Mr. P. M. BESTER,
now retired post master of Rustenburg, Transvaal, son of my late
brother-in-law, Mr. P. M. BESTER, as assistant.
More to follow.
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