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100th Anniversary of the Great Trek

Great Trek 100 YearsThis monument in front of the Town Hall commemorates the centenary of the Great Trek (1836 - 1838) when some 20 000 farmers (Boers) emigrated from the Cape Colony in defiance of British policies, and crossed the Orange River into the interior opening it up for white settlement.

In front of the monument are imprints of hoofs and human footprints.  The hoofprints are those of Jakkals and Stryker, horses that belonged to Colonel NE van Rensburg.  The footprints are those of war veteran and dispatch rider for the Boers during the Anglo Boer War, Louis Johannes Holtzhausen and his wife Mrs MSE Holtzhausen (born van der Merwe).

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150th Anniversary of the Great Trek

Great Trek 150 YearsThis monument is situated on the farm Welgelegen, approximately 5km out of town on the Jagersfontein Road.  It was unveiled on 1 December 1988.  It is visible from the road.

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Burgher Monument

Burgher MonumentIn the cemetery one can visit the "Burger Monument".  It was erected to commemorate the soldiers of the South Western Free State that was killed during the Anglo Boer War (1899 - 1902).

 


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Prison Dating From 1881

Correctional Services FauresmithThe Fauresmith prison was built in 1881.  The main building material is stone, and it has been declared a national monument.  It is still in use for the detention of sentenced prisoners and prisoners still awaiting trial.

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Lavender House

National MonumentThis old house appears on some of the first photographs of the town.  It is located at 12 Oosburger street, and was declared a National Monument on 19 May 1989.

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