Northern Transvaal Branch - Allegaartjie 2022

The Allegaartjie meeting has become an annual institution of the Northern Transvaal branch, during which branch members present a variety of talks - usually something of everything. The Afrikaans word ‘Allegaartjie’ actually means that one accumulates, collects or combines different things to be jointly entertained by the variety.
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 2022-11-12  Carel Johann de Bruin  The Bible of the Voortrekkers
 2022-11-12  Sam Basch  Our English ancestors
 2022-11-12  Wilhelm Bernhardt  My journey with an embroidered piece
2021 Northern Transvaal Branch - Allegaartjie
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The Bible of the Voortrekkers

DE BRUIN Carel Johann Foto 2022 11 12Carel Johann de Bruin, 12 November 2022
Why does a church have a political emblem? This is the question I hear a lot and have wondered about myself. A wise old professor then said to me, "Go look in the Bible of the Voortrekkers". Have you carefully examined a genuine Voortrekker Bible? This is a Bible whose roots lie in the 1500s Church Reformation.
Carel Johann’s talk was about his research on the Bibles of the Voortrekkers. The official Statenbijbel was published in 1637, near the end of the Eighty Years' War. Some of the Bibles had been reprinted with a few changes/improvements in the text. Initially, the Statenbijbel was printed in Gothic script and was available in three sizes.
On the title page of the Statenbijbel was the motto, From unity strength and it became the motto of the ZAR. Later it became the motto, Ex Unitate Vires of old South Africa as well, He gave reasons why relatively few Bibles have been preserved and where one can view them today.


Our English ancestors

Sam BaschSam Basch, 12 November 2022
You remember how our ancestors spoke of "The English War", referring to the Anglo-Boer War. To them, everyone was "English", regardless of the Scots, Welsh and Irish, in addition to English, involved. Sam briefly looked back over 2000 years to see where these "English" came from – and also the origin of their language.
Sam talked about the people our ancestors (during the Anglo-Boer War) referred to as English, which actually also included Scots, Irish and Welsh. He briefly looked back over 2000 years to see where the English came from.
If one goes back in history, one can see that initially the primitive people, then the Celtic tribes lived in Britain before the Romans came. After the Romans had withdrawn after 400 years, there were people from Northern Germany already in Britain and then there was a migration by Jutes, Angles, Saxons, Frisians from Europe to Britain and the original population moved to the western part, like Wales and Cornwall. Later the Vikings came during the eighth century.
Words that still exist in the English language today can be traced back to the migrants. In 1066 the Battle of Hastings and the victory of the Norman William the Conqueror ended the rule of the Anglo-Saxons. It had a great influence on the way of life of the indigenous population.

My journey with an embroidered piece

BERNHARDT Wilhelm Foto 2022 11 12Wilhelm Bernhardt, 12 November 2022
Wilhelm's talk was about an embroidered piece, but not just any piece. It is a piece with a story, a piece that came to him in a special way. Moreover, the mystery behind it has still not been completely solved. It all started when Ina Hattingh walked over to her new neighbours one day, early in 2022, to ask a favour.
Wilhelm told a story about a piece of embroidered fabric, about 30 cm x 30 cm that came into his possession. On it, the Italian prison camp at Zonderwater is depicted in an unsophisticated way – it looks like naïve art. He was unsuccessful in locating the original owner and he contacted the Italian embassy.
The artwork was handed over to the Italians. As a result, he was invited to the celebration of the Italian national day during June and he was also invited to the annual function at the cemetery at Zonderwater. The gift was framed and is now on display in the cemetery's museum.