National Women's Memorial and War Museum of the Boer Republics

Museum of the Boer Republics.

This Bloemfontein museum commemorates the 26 000 Boer women and children who died in British concentration camps during the Anglo-Boer War. Visitors who visit this museum will gain insight into the Afrikaner struggle for total independence from British imperialism.

The museum has exhibits of weapons and other items made by Boer prisoners during their incarceration by the British. Gun enthusiasts will find plenty to interest themselves in the fascinating rifle collection.

There is also an extensive collection of furniture and artefacts from typical Boer dwellings of the period. Visitors can view war artwork, fascinating items made by Boer prisoners and exhibitions depicting the way of life in concentration camps.

A particularly interesting exhibit is a collection of tiles, dating from 1900, that depict battles and personalities of the war. They were discovered as recently as 1969 in a cinema in Holland that was undergoing demolition.

The National Women's Memorial is a striking 36.5 metre sandstone obelisk which commemorates the death of the Afrikaner women and children during the Anglo Boer War.  

The ashes of the British camp reformer Emily Hobhouse are buried right at the foot of the monument, honouring her enormous contribution in helping the suffering of those imprisoned in the concentration camps.

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