During the later part of the Second Anglo-Boer War, Britain decided to round up all non-combatants living in the countryside and place them in camps. The idea was to make it increasingly difficult for the Boer forces to survive in the field.
The Volksrust concentration camp was one of many such camps where people lived in atrocious conditions due to mismanagement. In total 772 woman and children died in this camp due to malnutrition and disease.
In 1918 the town of Volksrust erected an impressive memorial to the victims of this camp. Located at Voortrekker Park on the corner of Joubert str and N11, the names of all 772 people who died at the camp are listed on a black marble wall ending with the beautiful white marble statue.