Burgershoop Cemetery and Concentration Camp in Krugersdorp.



The photographs on this page are of Burgershoop Cemtery in Krugersdorp, including the graves and memorial to the inmates of the Krugersdorp Concentration Camp. From what I have read, the Concentration Camp was established on 19 May 1901, and was one of the biggest camps in the Transvaal with 5488 people in the camp. It was situated north east of what is now Coronation Park on the site of what is now the Dr Yussaf Dadoo Hospital. A blockhouse, Fort Harlech, one of the few still remaining today, overlooks the site. The Krugersdorp Native Refugee Camp was situated on the farm Roodekrans, and later they were relocated to the farm Waterval.
Burgershoop Cemetery is literally "up the road" from the concentration camp site and it contains a wide variety of graves ranging from concentration camp deaths, to Jameson Raid, Boer War, World War 1 and 2, miners and ordinary people. Sadly though the cemetery is badly overgrown and the concentration camp graves do not leave an impression the way Irene Garden of Remembrance does. It is difficult to know what the death rate was for the camp, but one source mentions that there are over 1800 concentration camp graves in the cemetery. The stone for the crematorium was unveiled on 13 December 1961. In August 2011 I found that the concentration camp and ABW graves were being restored, and that the ABW military plot had also had attention.
The cemetery may be found at Google Earth co-ordinates 266.164'S 27 45.610' or download the KMZ file. Images open in a new window.



Overview

Overview

Overview

War Memorials

Jameson Raid Graves

Crematorium

Concentration Camp graves. 10 Aug 2011. (1256x420)

Typical Grave

Memorial

Plaque

SAVF Plaque

1958 Plaque

Memorial Stone


Typical headstone


Fort Harlech

Coronation Park

Coronation Park



10 August 2011. (1506x487)

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© DR Walker 2007-2013. Updated and pics redone 01/09/10, Updated 11 August 2011, resized panoramas 20 September 2011