Hobhouse, Motheo Region

On the southernmost tip of the Eastern Free State region lies Hobhouse, named after the British girl who became a Boer heroine.

Emily Hobhouse visited the war-torn South Africa during the Anglo Boer War and was appalled at the conditions in the concentration camps. She promptly started nursing and welfare services amongst the Boer women.

So dedicated was this staunch suffragette that she called off her engagement. Her wedding veil hangs in the Head Office of the "Oranje Vrouevereniging" in Hobhouse, the first women's welfare organisation in the Free State. Hobhouse lies close to the Caledon River, 56 kilometres south of Ladybrand.

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Visited the vilkage to soak up history, have a 10 0'clock snack and fill up with petrol. Run down delapidated town. Nowhere to have that snack. The Rainbow supermarket cum cafe will not pass a health and safety inspection. Left swearing never to return again

A Hidler (Minalore North)

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When we were on holiday in South Africa, we wanted to see the monument of Emily Hobhouse again.Its about 30 years ago , we saw the monument for the first time. I think the replaced the monument to the front of the church. I forgot the inscription, but it start : YOU CAME FROM FAR TO HELP US. The town is very nice situated in a rural area, and not far from other interresting places

jos schalk (Prinsenbeek)

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