Pieter Kruger House Blue Plaque Design - MACH

Built in the 1890’s by Pieter Kruger, one of sons of Paul Kruger . It is typical of the Transvaal farmhouse of the late Victorian period, with its pitched corrugated iron roof, wooden floors and decorative balustrade around the front veranda. Pieter Kruger lived here with his wife Cecilia and their twelve children. In 1900, during the South African War, the family moved away from the farm.

Pieter Kruger was captured on 30 July 1900 at Ficksburg while on commando and was sent to the Diyatalawa prisoner-of-war camp in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Pieter and Cecilia returned to this house when the war ended in 1902, and lived here until their deaths (Pieter in 1911 and Cecilia in 1921).

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Take the N4 west through Rustenburg and take Exit 169 to the Ottoman Highway north. After 10km take the 1st exit at the roundabout onto the R565. After 2.3km the entrance to Kedar Heritage Lodge is on the left. Enquire at reception for access to the Kruger houses.

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Pieter Kruger’s House at Boekenhoutfontein (Vincent Carruthers)