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Dr Charles Homer Doerning 5 years 6 months ago #18574

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My great grandfather (Dr Charles Homer Doering) brought his wife, two sons aged 6 and daughter aged 5, to Joburg in 1898. He practiced dentistry in his uncle's practice in Pritchard Square.

They all lived in a house in Jolly St. in Bellevue. Could the kids have gone to school?
I think he came at a very bad time! He went off to help in Military Hospitals in Natal, Bloemfontein, and later around Joburg.

How did his wife cope - the city was virtually deserted, gangs of robbers roamed around, boarded up houses were robbed, food was very scarce . . . . .

My question is do any members know of any books, diaries, papers, magazines, published letters etc. that would describe the harsh housewife's life during the war?

Thank you in advance,
baobab

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Dr Charles Homer Doerning 5 years 6 months ago #18575

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Hi Baobab,

You could try Diana Cammack's 'The Rand at War'?

Did they stay in Johannesburg or did they join the exodus to Natal and the Cape?

Best wishes,

Justin

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Dr Charles Homer Doerning 5 years 6 months ago #18592

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Baobab,

There must be such account but I have not come across any to date.

There was a C Doerning who served in the Railway Pioneer Regiment. Was that the same man?

Kind regards
David
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