Vergaderings van die tak word elke derde Saterdag van die maand om 14h00 gehou by die Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk Ontdekkerskruin, Philipslaan, Ontdekkers, Roodepoort.
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06 September 2010

Recording cemetery information

Report and Photographs by Penny Evans

On a lovely sunny day eleven members of the West Gauteng branch went to the Tedderfield/
Eikenhof area to record graves at three farm cemeteries. We met at the Danie Theron Church and then followed John Stephens to the Elandsfontein family cemetery. Quickly the members set to work, some pruning plants, washing, dusting, taking photographs and recording information from headstones. It is here that members of the Viljoen, Slabbert, Scheffer and van Heerden families are buried. Not all the graves had headstones. The cemetery was in use up till 1992.

We then went to the Kamffer farm cemetery situated in the area known as Hartzenbergfontein. This cemetery was not enclosed, but rocks marked the perimeter. Most of the graves had no headstones, but were noticeable by the piles of rocks. The three headstones were for the Kamffer family. Nearby was a derelict farmhouse probably built in about 1870.

The last cemetery was Mulders- rus where members of the Mulder, Booy- sen, Strydom and Human families are buried.

These farm cemeteries are set in a scenic area. Veld fires had burnt the long grass making the task of finding and recording the graves much easier. The thirsty group finished at 1.30pm. We gathered at a nearby restaurant for a relaxing lunch.

It was a successful and productive day in peaceful surroundings away from the noise and rush of the city. The area is surprisingly beautiful once you leave the main roads.

Thank you to all who were involved in making this day a success. All information will be sent to the eGGSA gravestone project. GPS readings were taken at each of the cemeteries.

There are more cemeteries to be recorded in this area. Members who missed this occasion will have another opportunity to participate.