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Characters of Philippolis

We would like to highlight (and celebrate) the varied and colourful people who called Philippolis their home.

Please let us know if you have information and photos to share with us, and we will add it to this page.

“The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them"

Czesław Miłosz

Philipolis people in Norvalspont
Philippolis residents in Norvalspont concentration camp, probably 1902. Photograph taken by Isaac Alexander Sutherland, a resident of Philippolis.
Many thanks to Pam Smith for sharing!
Konsentrasiekampfoto - Bohnen family-com

The Bohnen family in the concentration camp at Springfontein, the day peace was declared (31 May 1902).

Front row (children): D Strauss, E Lubbe, S Strauss, I Scholtz, Francois Bohnen (age 8)

Second row: M van Zyl

Third row: Leonard Bohnen (age 22), Leonard Bohnen (Snr, age 60, baker and butcher of Philippolis), M Strauss, S van Zyl, Ds Scholtz, Ds Webber

Fourth row: J Strauss, A Strauss, S Strauss, S Pyper, Mrs Scholtz, Mrs Webber, Mrs Faure, Mr Faure


The Bohnen family had already lost three members: Suzanna, 50 years old, who died of dysentry; Cecilia Bohnen, 1 year old, who died of pneumonia; and Leonard Bohnen, age 6, who died of inflammation.

Many thanks to Bryan Dicks for sharing!

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The Sem family, around 1895
The two brothers, Gerrit and Herman, were notable traders and farmers in the Philippolis district.
Many thanks to Margreet Jongebreur and Elizabeth Leerink! 
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