Volksrust - O'Neills Cottage

O’Neills cottage was the location of peace negotiations between the Transvaal and the British goverments and resulted in the Pretoria Convention following the First War of Independence.

Paul Kruger, President Brand, Marthinus Pretorius, Commandant Gen. Piet Joubert, General Sir Evelyn Wood, Colonel Redvers Buller, Major Clarke, Captain Roberts  and a few others used the O’Neill cottage for twenty-one days to negotiate peace in March 1881.

Located near Majuba Hill, the cottage was also used as a makeshift hospital during the Battle of Majuba where the British were defeated leading up to the negotiations. The graves of some British soldiers are found near the cottage.