The Fred Turner Museum in Loeriesfontein has an outdoor display depicting the life and times of the Voortrekkers, with a wagon and campsite set up as it would have been a hundred years ago when these early Settlers travelled into the hinterland to make lives for themselves.
Looking around the area, I have renewed respect for the brave men and woman who took wagon to rough terrain in search of what they believed would be a better life. In particular to free themselves of British Rule.
This is of particular interest to me, as my Grandmother on my Father’s side, born Dirkie Olwage, was conceived and born on the Martin’s trek from Bethlehem to then Rhodesia, as can be read about in the book ’Many Treks Made Rhodesia’ by SP Oliver.
I embrace my Afrikaans Voortrekker heritage and the bravery of the men and woman who ‘broke’ in Africa in this way.