Dynasty of Barend Barendse

A Slave Dream

Beside the ungathered rice he lay

His sickle in his hand

His breast was bear

His mattered hair

Was buried in the Sand

Wide through the landscape of his

Dream

He Saw His Native Land

 

History of Orange River Station = By Minnie. W. Barendse Kruger

 

It gives me great pleasure and pride to record my proud and interesting life span I have had on and around the shores of a Mighty and beautiful Orange River.

 

Minnie Wilhaema Barendse Kruger  proudly born and bred through the wedlock of  Lodewÿck (Louis ) Barendse and Josephine Filda( Girly Boer) Barendse at Hope Town clinic, 15 September 1931, 10km from my parents’ home at Orange River. They lived in Orange River Station and I completed my Primary School at the Orange River Primary School. I completed my Secondary education at William Pescot High School (English Higher) Kimberley.

  • Completed Medical, Surgical, Paediatrics and Midwifery at Somerset Hospital, Sea Point- Cape Town after 5 years.
  • Completed 6 months course of Infectious Training in Cape Town.
  • Completed 12 months course Diagnostic, Radiography at Baragwanath Hospital.
  • Completed a 12 month course in Ward Administration at Tygerberg Hospital.

 

Started at Vryburg Hospital dated 01-03-1956 with no break in service and served as the first black MATRON until my retirement on 30-11-1996 .

My parents lost two births prior to me after 12 - female and male stillbirth. According to Culture, if I had to survive I had to be reared by my grandfather and mother. Thanks God I grew up in a most Christian, Educational and Cultural environment.

 

Our home consisted of the following;

  • Ø 6 Bedrooms
  • Ø 1 Large sitting room
  • Ø 1 Large  Kitchen
  • Ø 1 Large Front porch, veranda
  • Ø 1 Large Back  porch, veranda

The owner of the Home and plot belonged to Oupa William James Boer and Miemme Boer.

We were children / grandchildren, living with my grandparents.

    My mother Girly Barendse

    My mother’s brother Terence Boer

    Georgina Wentworth

    Dan Wentworth

    Ria Boer

     Alice Boer

    Louis Barendse

    Mr. Herbie Jampies, Primary School Teacher 

    Minnie Barendse

 

Our plot was big enough to accommodate:

v ±  2 Car Garage

v ±  1 Donkey Car

v  ± 30 Sheep

v ±  30 Goat

v ±  30 fowls & Ducks

v 2 toilets – No bucket System.

 

Orange River Methodist Coloured School

Papa Boer was born 19th August 1867 at Worcester. He bid the Diamond Field goodbye and started with his new post as Shunter at Orange River Station 1st December 1894

(27 years)  - LIBERATION OF THE SLAVES.

As a living witness of his sacrificial service stands the Orange River Methodist Coloured School for whose erection Pappa was responsible. For such a man was Papa Boer.

The school had a Performing Hall, which could accommodate ± 300 people, stage of artist

± 30, classrooms up to standard 6 (Grade 8).

All High School children we’re transferred to William Pescod High School Kimberley. This building served the Spiritual and educational, social needs for the people.

This was Papa Boer 

 

In 2013 on a visit to the Old Home Town, The building was demolished by? Who? Why!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAMA

There in the Free State is a mountain where the word R A M A is displayed on side of the Mountain.

My grandparents from my father side Lodewuck lived on this farm – they were Miemie Barendse and Lodewyck Barendse.

On a Sunday Morning we drove from Hopetown to Witput and from there to RAMA to visit the place where my grandparents live. We arrive there and were introduced to the farm workers. They informed us that my grandfather fell from the windmill while repairing it and died instantly. He was on duty and no postmortem was done and no report of the accident was given. My grandfather was buried on the farm. Three of the youth took us to the graveyard and identified his grave. There were no signs on the grave to identify the grave.

We were the following: Kaptyn M W Barendse Kruger

                                           Frida  McCarthy

                                           Dr R Langeveldt

                                           Lloyd Brooks.

 

We left the farm and the owner of the farm was in Bloemfontein.

 

THE GREATIST PRICE AND INJUSTIC WE AS A CLOSELY KNIT FAMILY PAID …………….WAS TO LEAVE BEHIND THE MOST SACRAD CRAVES OF 

ü UNCLE JAPPIE BOER

ü THE GREATE WILLIAM JAMES BOER

ü MIEMIE BOER

WE WILL NEVER FORGIVE THE INJUSTICE OF THE LAW .ESPECIALLY BAAS PIETER DU TOIT.

                      

                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Minnie Wilhaema Barendse Kruger was proudly born through the wedlock of Lodewÿck (Louis) Barendse and Josephine Filda (Girly Boer) Barendse at Hope Town clinic, 15 September 1931 10km from my parents’ home at Orange River. They lived in Orange River Station and completed her Primary School at the Orange River Primary School. She completed her Secondary education at William Pescot High School (English Higher) Kimberley.

 

  • Completed Medical, Surgical, Paediatrics and Midwifery at Somerset Hospital, Sea Point- Cape Town after 5 years.
  • Completed 6 months course of Infectious Training in Cape Town.
  • Completed 12 months course Diagnostic, Radiography at Baragwanath Hospital.
  • Completed a 12 month course in Ward Administration at Tygerberg Hospital.

 

Started at Vryburg Hospital in 1956.

 

Out of wedlock to Mr. D. Kruger one son Lodewÿck was born.

 

  • Served for 25 years at Floradene Primary Schools Governing Body.
  • She was a foundation member of the well known Children’s Care Centre in Vryburg and serve there for 35 years.
  • Founder of Harlequins Hockey Club.

 

Promoted as first black Matron at Vryburg Hospital where she retired after 40 years service in 1996.

 

The Barendse Griqua House was founded in 1998 under her leadership, she is a direct descendent of the well known Griqua leader, Chief Barend Barendse (1770-1839). Barendse Griqua House have a Registered Trust to implement its Cultural Activities.

 

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