Note: The citizens of Burgersdorp claim that it is the only town in South Africa, which has a book dedicated to it. When we visited there in the early 1970's looking for family information for the trees we were compiling some of the hotel residents presented us with a copy of the book written by a Hollander, who was born in Burgersdorp and, true enough, dedicated his book to the town of his birth!
See under the section covering the Joubert family connection for more information on the town of Burgersdorp and the monument there. [This is of Commandant Gideon Daniel Joubert - the Boers removed the head of the statue and it was decided to keep it that way, rather than repair it, in order to remind everyone that it had been removed]
In about 1851 there was a school in Burgersdorp run by the Rev. P. Smales.
From: 'The Kafir War of 1834/35 - John Bisset.
The Kafir War of 1834/5 broke out a day or two before Christmas. Kafir Wars generally do break out about that time of year because the crops are then standing and advancing towards maturity; and as the kafirs carry no commissariat with them they are thus enabled to find food everywhere; and another reason is that the weather is then warm, the days long and the nights short.
From papers held by Mrs. Gwen Gwen Gemmell at 'Broughton', Molteno, which were kept by the Broster family but are now in the Albany Museum, Grahamstown:
a. Extracts from 'Dabies Journal' (Volume of van Riebeeck Society)
Arranged by Hattersly - by John Sholden:-
'Dabie was in S.A. in 1862 - The book mentions my grandfather Freemantle [i.e. William Freemantle] - Lived at Kleinfontein (Dengler's Place) with two grown up sons, William and Jack, and born later, James, there. -
Mother pointed it out once to me on the way to Harold Brown's.
b. Extract from letter to Gwen Gemmell from Phyllis Newnham nee Freemantle [eldest sister of Eric Freemantle] written on 14.7.1953:
'I have never heard the name of Grandpa Freemantle, he died a young man, about 41 years, so I always understood. I do not know Grandma Freemantle's surname or Christian name, before her marriage. As far as I can remember my mother said her name was Phyllis Pitt, I do so wish I could find out more about our family. I asked Lennox [Broster] while we were in England and he could not tell me anything about the Pitt family