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From: Marcella Shames <>
Subject: Re: [ZA-IB] Queenstown Free Press (Jan 1896)
Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2011 08:06:04 -0800
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Just a personal note:
You're doing good work on this - I love reading the stories - sometimes I even cry

Doesn't seem that my family is ever going to pop up but I wanted you to know that the hours you're putting in here are much appreciated
Marcella Shames

On Feb 18, 2011, at 11:46 PM, Sunelia Heath wrote:

> Hallo :-)
> Transcribed from the original papers in the Queenstown Library.
> Friday, January 3, 1896
> BROWN-RIDLEY.- Married in Wesley Church, Queenstown, by the Rev. R. LAMPLOUGH,
> Clement BROWN, eldest son of Stephen John BROWN, Esq., J.P., of Lily Vale, to
> Fanny, eldest daughter of Alfred RIDLEY, Esq. – No Cards.
> DIED,- At Queenstown, on the 29th Dec., 1895, from acute laryngitis, Jessie
> Isabel, youngest and beloved daughter of E. And W.K. MAGER, aged 3 years and 2
> months.
> Friday, January 10, 1896
> Died,- At Queenstown Frontier Hospital, on the 9th Jan., 1896, Rev. Mathhew
> Albert MAGGS, Priest Missionary of S. John Baptist Bolotwa, aged 35.
> Death of Rev. M.A. MAGGS.
> A gloom as been cast over Queenstown and district, by the sad intelligence that
> the Rev. M.A. MAGGS, who for several years has laboured as Priest Missionary of
> S. John Baptist, Bolotwa has succumbed to his recent injuries.
> The details of the cart accident by which the rev. Gentleman sustained severe
> injuries to the head which have proved so fatal have already appeared in our
> columns. From the time that he was brought into the Hospital he did not appear
> to be conscious of much pain paralysis having set in, and early this (Thursday)
> morning he passed away without regaining the use of his mental faculties. We
> cannot attempt to describe the grand word the rev. Gentleman has done in the
> mission field, we can only point to the fine little church and parsonage at
> Bolotwa as monumental evidence of his zeal & perseverance. He was indefatigable
> in his labours. In season and out of season he was ready to oby the behests of
> the people whom he served. During the years that he has lived at Bolotwa he has
> gained the love and sympathy of all who had the good fortune to become
> acquainted with him.
> All his actions were the outcome of altrinsic feelings; he was a faithful
> servant of Him he served. The rev. Gentleman was trained for mission work at S.
> Augustines College, Canterbury. Mr MAGGS cousin from Capetown was on a visit to
> Bolotwa when the accident happened. We tender our sympathy to the family and
> numerous friends in the sad loss all have sustained.
> We are requested to state the funeral will leave St. Michael’s Church this
> (Friday) morning at 10 a.m.
> The Crisis in the Transvaal.
> A Krugersdorp Budget.
> What the Boers are saying.
> The Battle of Doornkop.
> List of Killed, Wounded, and missing.
> Latest local news.
> From a “Times” war special at the front.
> Krugersdorp, January 4.- At almost every street corner to-day the cry “Whats
> the news?” The wildest of wild rumours are, as usual, in circulation, but news
> in the fullest sense of the world there is very little of. What may almost be
> described as the Cromwellian stolldity of the Boer commands the admiration of
> even the most embittered uitlander. I had an interesting interview with one
> very intelligent farmer yesterday, who speaks English with fluent accuracy. One
> of his statements was, “The heterogeneous mob of filibusters and
> insurrectionists on the Rand may call us cowards, but we cannot be cowed with
> all their arms and barricades. The Boers are as calmly prepared to face the
> Johannesburg rabble of insurgents as they were to encounter the redcoats at
> Laing’s Nek and Amajuba. This is the sort of thing that one hears all over the
> place.
> Krugersdorp itself is very quiet, and loads of all sorts of provisions are
> coming into town from the surrounding neighbourhood, whilst the shops are doing
> splendid trade with the several commandos. The distant Johannesburg mutterings
> scarce seem to penetrate hereabouts. Yet the situation has all the elements of
> great danger, and whether the burghers should now follow up what they call their
> brilliant victory and endeavour te carry Johannsburg by a prompt and determined
> attack, or whether the burgher army should still consent to give Johannesburgers
> breathing time, is the question of the hour. What is called the “Armistice” in
> Johannesburg is never referred to, and despite Government orders there are
> numerous counsellors to incite the Boers, flushed with victory, to make one bold
> essay to capture the uitlander position. It certainly seems as though
> Johannesburgers were prepared to wade through a sea of blood, but appearances
> are often deceptive. The uitlander paths – I am writing in all honesty as the
> simple purveyor of the news in my neighbourhood – probably seem smooth and easy
> enough at first sight, but they may lead to very serious trouble; for, this day
> some 5,000 burghers have concentrated on the knolls round this historic village
> and solemnly swear to protect all good men and true but to separate the black
> sheep from the white. So much is surely significant. It is stated that
> Johannesburg is now looking for outside interference, and the Boers are hugely
> delighted at the news of calling in a “broken reed.”
> I am now in a position to give you what is called a full list of the casualties
> on both sides, but many of the B.S.A. troopers escaped, and some of which no
> count has been taken were shot down and buried by white man who found them, or
> were eaten by asvogles in the lonely veldt, and on the Boer side it is a
> wellknown difficulty to get at the exact truth of their losses. The loss of the
> burgher forces at the Queen Mine must have been heavy.
> Burgher losses
> Of the burgher losses were killed:- S VANTODERS (Ward Gaberoe, Potchefstroom),
> George JACOBS (Potchefstroom), FP VENTER (SF’s son, Rustenburg(, and Andries
> POTGIETER (Ward Hedpoort Krugersdorp). There were wounded:- Don MACDONALD
> (Rustenburg), Klaas CRONJE (son of Commadant CRONJE, Potchefstroom), J ENSLIN,
> Baren VAN DER BERG. (Wonderfontein Potchefstroom), and Phillip VAN DER WALT
> Hetpoort).
> Total: 4 killed and 5 wounded.
> Chartered losses.
> Of the Chartered troops were killed:-(Note : Transcribed as printed)
> Harry Davis, Hennessy, Vorster, F Osler, Abbot (Regimental Sergeant-Major), J
> Bilfrield, Land (Staleybridge, Dorsetshire, England), Venter, Jack Meyers
> (Sackville Street, Dublin) Piet Marais, Trooper No. 2,232, Shepard, and about 53
> others, with names unknown.
> There were wounded:- F Deyer, J McLoughlin, F Mostyn, B McLachan, M Dam, FA
> Hayes. R Patterson, A Cozalet, D Fraser, TM Brooke, J McVity, JA Palmer. LW
> Rowbery, DM Fyvie, F Stranard, L Gowringe, EA Tasmony, G Rommery, HA Callanan, S
> Burrowes, T O’Flynn, WH Berry, FW Brown, J Wilson, EG Barnes, G Potter, GR
> Payne, HC Gibbs, Henry Rolan, Richard Brown, TW Willows, FW Spalding, G Logan,
> EF Berry, Stewart Bruce, Frank Nixon, and Capt the Hon Eustace, HCJ Coventry,
> son of Lord Coventry.
> Others uncounted for, and who are either killed or have escaped or their names
> have been missed (though this latter is an unlikely contingency), are:
> Sergeant-Major McGreen, Sergeant Rock, Corporals Rogers, Beerd, Gread, Jupp,
> and Bull, and Troopers Rielands, Dick, Share, Croft, Webb, Lox, Manning, Still,
> O’Farrel, Kelsal, Edgecombe, Willan, Liekerk Rentall, McGowan, and Weldon.
> It should be borue well in mind that many of these names are spelt after a
> distinctly Dutch fashion. For instance it was only after asking a comrade that
> i discovered that “Mcaulighlen” meant McLoughlin.
> Tuesday, January 14, 1896
> Birth,- At Queenstown, on the 10th inst., the wife of Charles E. LISTER, of a
> Son.
> Married,- At Bedford, 18th December, 1895, Alfred Ernest WATKINGS, of Lady
> Frere, to Clara, second daughter of the late P. REILLY, of Bedford, South
> Africa.
> Friday, January 17, 1896
> Died,- At Somerset West Strand, on Wednesday, Jan. 15th, Maud Olive, youngest
> daughter of Mr. W. COOPER, of Dordrecht, and sister to Mrs. J.B. KIRTON of this
> town, aged 16 years.
> Friday, January 17, 1896
> Wedding Bells
> The marriage of Miss Elizabeth BESWICK, daughter of Mr F BESWICK, headmaster of
> the High School, Queenstown, and Mr WP MURRAY, of Capetown, took place in the
> Presbyterian Church, Queenstown, on Wednesday afternoon last at 3 p.m. The
> ceremony was performed by the Rev JP RITCHIE, ...
> Tuesday, January 21, 1896
> Died,- At Queenstown, on Friday, 17th inst., Winifred, the beloved daughter of
> William H. And Frances SOBEY, aged 9 months.
> Friday, January 24, 1896
> St. Marks
> Dear Sir,- Of all villages which have been founded near the frontier, there is
> undoubtedly none that can boast of such a long existence and such varied
> reminiscences as that of St. Marks. It is, no doubt, a unique place in this
> direction, of which, however, the inhabitants, or rather the respective
> authorities, have no reason to be proud in views of the present state of
> development of this village, when compared with that of others, which have been
> started comparatively quite recently. One needs only to mention the names of
> Lady Frere, Cala, & c. These places were not even known by name two decades ago
> and now they have not only developed into pretty little spots with substantial
> buildings, decent street, plantations & c. But have also become emporiums of
> considerable commercial importance. The village of Saint Marks was founded
> about 35 years ago on the mission ground granted to the English Church Mission
> Society by the Gcaleka Chief “Kheli.” A church, native school, several stores
> and various dwelling houses were erected in the early days, but ever since, the
> place has been almost at a dead “stand still” until the year 1881. The
> Magistracy of the district had been at Cofimvaba, Southeyville, but after the
> late native rebellion the court was established at St. Marks, where it remained
> until July 1894, that the village was right at the extreme end of the district
> and the desirability that the Magistracy should be in a more central position,
> it was moved from St. Marks to Cofimvaba. It may be mentioned here, Cofimvaba
> is by no means “central,” and in addition to that, it is a most damp and
> unhealthy spot, so much so, that a Commission was appointed to enquire into
> these matters with the result, that the present place was put down as altogether
> unsuitable for a permanent Magistracy. Several other sites have been proposed
> since that for the establishment of the Resident Magistrate Court, but have all
> been condemned either on account of their unhealthiness on owing to the absence
> of sufficient water. It is therefore very probable that after all, the
> Magistracy will be removed back to St. Marks, the latter place having many
> advantages in this direction.
> The want of progress of the prettily situated village of St. Marks cannot, by
> any means, attributed to the entire absence of resources. On the contrary the
> conditions for development are, on the whole, very favourable. The district is
> one of the first grain producing areas of South Africa, and live stock of almost
> any kind thrive exceedingly well. The climate, although rather hot in summer,
> is generally, very healthy, the place is well wooded being literally surrounded
> by forests of mimosa trees, which afford shelter from the wind and cold during
> the winter months and coal and shady spots during the heat of the summer.
> There is an abundance of arable land at and near the village suitable for
> vegetable gardens and orchards, and a permanent supply of good drinking water.
> St. Marks lies near the main road from Queenstown to Transkei, about two miles
> from the White Kei (or Cacadu as the natives call), a substantial stone bridge
> has been built some 16 years ago across that river and every facility is
> afforded to transport, generally. A Post office has existed for many years and
> a Telegraph office has recently been added, the post cart running, between Tsomo
> Post and Imvani, call four times a wee viz: Twice in going to Imvani, and twice
> on its return.
> In spite of these advantages, there has been absolutely no progress. For many
> years no main buildings have been erected, no plantations or gardens have been
> added to the place, there are no visible improvements whatsoever. The business
> generally has been on a very unsound footing, and, with one or two exceptions,
> there have been constant failures. A public school has existed for some years,
> but in view of the little attendance and the want of funds, there is every
> probability of its breaking up. Now the question naturally arises: is the want
> of progress due to?.....
> Tuesday, January 28, 1896
> Birth,- At Queenstown, on the 23rd January, 1896, the wife of A.R. MAYTHAM, of
> a Son.
> Kind regards
> Sunelia Heath
> Researching all Heath's in RSA
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