Maart 2005

GeoCaching - Women's Monument

Women's Monument

Afrikaanse weergawe

We set out on Friday 25 March 2005 to find a suitable hiding place for the cache. On the 26th, we prepared the cache and hid it. The name of the cache is "Women's Monument" - perhaps "Women's Memorial" would also be suitable. On the two days I took three different position readings:
Reading 1: 29° 08.470S 26° 12.449E 1441m
Reading 2: 29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1439m
Reading 3: 29° 08.472S 26° 12.449E 1441m
I decided to give the position of the cache as 29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m.

The cache is a lunchbox with a blue lid and the following inside-dimensions: 16.5cm x 10.5cm x 5.5cm.

The original contents of the cache is: Log book
Pen
FFC
Read me
Shoe Keyring
Tuborg Keyring
Danish coin: 1 kroner
Danish coin: 2 kroner
Danish coin: 25 øre
Danish coin: 50 øre
British coin: 50 pence

When logging your visit, please state your hometown and country.

You can park approximately 220m (direct) from the cache. The cache is not wheelchair-accessable. The terrain is open from 07:00 to 19:00. When driving on the N1 by the city, you'll notice roadsigns indicating the correct offramp for the Women's Monument/Memorial and War Museum.

You can use the following hint to find the cache:
From statue "Die Bittereinder" it is 47m direct to the cache. Walk up the stairs, turn left at the trail and walk up the hill - it is under a big rock on the backside of the hill.

For those interested to also visit the War Museum, I give the information that is on the museum door:
War museum
Postal address: P.O. Box 34061, Faunasig, Bloemfontein, 9325
Phone: +27 51 447 3447 / 447 0079
Fax: +27 51 447 1322
Web: www.anglo-boer.co.za
E-mail: museum@anglo-boer.co.za

Museum hours:
Weekdays: 08:00-16:30
Saterdays: 10:00-17:00
Sundays: 14:00-17:00
16 December: 14:00-17:00
Closed on: Good Friday, Christmas Day, New Year's Day

Children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by adults or a museum officer.

Below are a couple of photos of the area and the cache.

2005 March 25 Friday [Photo 1]
Monument
The Women's Memorial photographed from the hill.
Bloemfontein, South Africa (around 29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 25 Friday [Photo 2]
Monument
The monument photographed from the front.
Bloemfontein, South Africa (around 29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 25 Friday [Photo 3]
Monument
A close-up so that the Dutch text can be read.
Bloemfontein, South Africa (around 29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 25 Friday [Photo 4]
Albert
The cache-owner with the monument.
Bloemfontein, South Africa (around 29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 25 Friday [Photo 5]
Freedom
The plate on the left-hand side of the monument: "Voor Vryheid Volk En Vaderland".
Bloemfontein, South Africa (around 29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 25 Friday [Photo 6]
Desert
The plate on the right-hand side of the monument: "Ik Zal U Niet Begeven Ik Zal U Niet Verlaten".
Bloemfontein, South Africa (around 29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 25 Friday [Photo 7]
Cornerstone
The unveiling and commemoration plate at the monument. The monument was unveiled on 16 December 1913.
Bloemfontein, South Africa (around 29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 25 Friday [Photo 8]
Steyn
One of the three gravestones at the monument: Marthinus Theunis Steyn 1857 - 1916 and Rachel Isabella Steyn 1865 - 1955
Bloemfontein, South Africa (around 29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 25 Friday [Photo 9]
Kestell
One of the three gravestones at the monument: John-Daniel Kestell 1854 - 1941
Bloemfontein, South Africa (around 29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 25 Friday [Photo 10]
De Wet
One of the three gravestones at the monument: Christiaan-Rudolf De Wet 1854 - 1922
Bloemfontein, South Africa (around 29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 25 Friday [Photo 11]
Deaths
Besides the run-up to the monument from the War Museum, there are several commemoration stones indicating the deaths in the different towns. This one shows the deaths in Bloemfontein.
Bloemfontein, South Africa (around 29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 25 Friday [Photo 12]
Afskeid
"Afskeid 11-10-1899" is the statue right in front of the museum
Bloemfontein, South Africa (around 29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 25 Friday [Photo 13]
Banneling
"Die Banneling" is to the left of the museum, on the way to the cache.
Bloemfontein, South Africa (around 29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 25 Friday [Photo 14]
Bittereinder
"Die Bittereinder 31 Mei 1902" is at the foot of the hill where the cache is hidden.
Bloemfontein, South Africa (around 29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 25 Friday [Photo 15]
Canon
An old canon on the terrain.
Bloemfontein, South Africa (around 29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 25 Friday [Photo 16]
Canon
An old canon on the terrain.
Bloemfontein, South Africa (around 29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 25 Friday [Photo 17]
Steamwagon
This steam wagon has been used to clean the soldiers' uniforms.
Bloemfontein, South Africa (around 29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 25 Friday [Photo 18]
Blockhouse
A replica of a blockhouse.
Bloemfontein, South Africa (around 29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 25 Friday [Photo 19]
Train
This train was in service for almost 100 years.
Bloemfontein, South Africa (around 29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 25 Friday [Photo 20]
Railways
The train used to belong to the South African Railways
Bloemfontein, South Africa (around 29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 25 Friday [Photo 21]
City
You have an excellent view on the city from the hill: Here you can see the C.R. Swart-building.
Bloemfontein, South Africa (around 29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 25 Friday [Photo 22]
Naval Hill
Naval Hill.
Bloemfontein, South Africa (around 29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 25 Friday [Photo 23]
Hiding place
The cache has been hidden under this big rock. It's on the back side of the hill, on the side facing away from the monument.
Bloemfontein, South Africa (29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 26 Saturday [Photo 24]
Contents
The original contents of the cache.
Bloemfontein, South Africa

2005 March 26 Saturday [Photo 25]
FFC
The FFC (First Finder's Certificate).
Bloemfontein, South Africa

2005 March 26 Saturday [Photo 26]
Cache
The cache on the rock under which it has been hidden, with the GPS receiver showing the coordinates.
Bloemfontein, South Africa (29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 26 Saturday [Photo 27]
Hiding place
The cache is hidden under this big rock and then covered by three smaller rocks.
Bloemfontein, South Africa (29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2005 March 26 Saturday [Photo 28]
Hidden
Has something been hidden here? We hope on GeoCachers will find it!
Bloemfontein, South Africa (29° 08.471S 26° 12.449E 1441m)

2006 February 26 Sunday [Photo 29]
Hannes
Hannes found his first cache when we visited it on a maintenance visit.
Bloemfontein, South Africa (around 29° 08.471S 026° 12.449E 1441m)

2006 February 26 Sunday [Photo 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39]
Log
Log
Log
Log
Log
Log
Log
Log
Log
Log
Hannes and I made a maintenance visit to the cache. Above are all the log entries to date.
Bloemfontein, South Africa (around 29° 08.471S 026° 12.449E 1441m)

Last updated on: Sunday 26 March 2006
Webmeester: Albert van Biljon