Voortrekker Cemetery

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Date: 24 Jan 2019 [unknown]
Location: Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natalmap
Surnames/tags: Pietermaritzbug KwaZulu Natal Cemeteries
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Pietermaritzburg was a Voortrekker town founded in 1838. (It's now a large city). Cemeteries were built on the edge of the towns in those days but this graveyard is now surrounded by the subsequent expansion of the settlement. It contains many of the graves of the early Natal settlers and in consequence is an important historical site which is no longer recognised as such by the City Council and is falling into acute disrepair as fencing is removed, gravestones stolen and destroyed and the homeless use it to sleep in. I joined a project recording the gravestones for a geneological site, but the pictures were never used as the site closed down. So I thought I'd post what I have here in case any South African members of Wikitree can find a relative.

Please note that if you have a relative you think might have been buried in this cemetery, I only have a few pics. However I have a very long list of names and dates and you can message me from this page to check.

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This is looking good. Just seen a last name I recognize i have in my family. It is Joliffee which my Grandmothers sister married into that family.
posted by Darren Kellett
Darren, I am working on place name categorization in South Africa and the Voortrekker Cemetery has its category, Category: Voortrekker Cemetery, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, but there are no profiles linked to the category. The mission now should be to profile and categorize all the persons on this freespace page. That should be encouraged, surely?
posted by Andrew Field