The Jameson Raid “Stump” Monument: Doornkop

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Next to “The Brickworks” was the spot where the cottage stood where Jameson surrendered to the Boer forces (Google Earth co-ordinates:  26° 12.441’S, 27° 48.431’E). I had missed seeing this site before, but the images here were kindly taken for me by Leon Engelbrecht in 2009.

There were two separate plaques although both said basically the same thing. There was even a resemblance of a fence.

Between when the original images were taken in 2009 and February 2012 the stump has been reduced to a blackened piece of charcoal, and the fence has also been stolen.

There were two similar granite plaques in English and Afrikaans which I had not realised from the images taken in 2009.

A 2016 Google Earth image revealed that the area where the stump was had been leveled and by 2020 built over. I do not know what happened to the memorial and associated tree stump.

2015 Google Earth overview

2020 Google Earth overview

That concluded my excursion into Doornkop. There are two more Jameson Raid sites to mention at this point. The first is at Burgershoop Cemetery in Krugersdorp, and the second is in what is known as Randfontein Estates Gold Mine Military Cemetery.

DRW © 2009 – 2021. Created 20/04/2011. Edited and some images expanded 02/02/2012. Special thanks to Leon Engelbrecht for the inspiration to find these memorials and photographs of the “stump”, as well as Alpheus Cele for remembering where the graves in Randfontein were. Moved to blog 07/02/2014. Updated 17/11/2020, moved to Musings 08/01/2021

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