The Westdene Bus Disaster Graves

The data below is published here with much thanks to the author of : http://www.allatsea.co.za/cems4/westdenememorial.htm.¹

These names are gleaned from the Memorial, graves and the register for West Park Cemetery. The plot theoretically has 42 spaces, with the front row being numbered 2-11, 12-20, and the back row 23-33, 34-42. Grave number 7 is a single grave shared by the Du Plooy sisters.

Caroline Brown and Albertus Ouwenkamp are buried elsewhere in West Park, while Adriana Horn and Riaan Lira were cremated. Thelma Rautenbach was buried in Orkney, where she was from – she was a new student in the school that year. ²

42 Anna Susanna Blignaut (14/07/71) 20 No grave
41 Rita Botha (13/11/68) 19 Madelein Ludick (30/03/72)
40 Hendrik Johannes Dreyer (21/09/71) 18 Denise Coetzee (02/03/69)
39 Karin Erasmus (02/02/69) 17 Catarina Maria Meyer (Rina) 22/02/71
38 Jacqueline Hurwitz (28/01/72) 16 Jacobus Els (23/06/70)
37 Anel Jacobs (14/11/68) 15 Petrus Lucas Koen (Pieter) (19/08/67)
36 Lélanie Jooste (04/02/71) 14 Anne-Lize Botha (11/01/70)
35 Adré Kleinhans (10/03/68) 13 Andries Johannes Swart (Johan) (16/06/71)
34 Cornelius Mans (Neels) (23/11/70) 12 Francina Fritz (03/05/70)
33 Elmarie Marshall (29/12/68) 11 Francois Du Toit (22/11/70)
32 Belinda McLaughlin (25/12/69) 10 Mary-Ann Miles (16/01/69)
31 Tanya Pieters (27/12/69) 9 Vinette Swanepol (26/02/72)
30 Connie Pretorius (17/02/68) 8 Clasina Kruger (Inalize) (01/10/68)
29 Elizabeth Marlene Pretorius (04/12/69) 7 Linda Du Plooy (03/03/70)
28 Hester Reynders (22/02/70) 7 Reinett Du Plooy (27/10/68)
27 Charl Strydom (23/11/71) 6 Elsa Van Heerden (31/12/67)
26 Annatjie Van Tonder (04/06/70) 5 Anna Jacoba Morris (09/09/70)
25 Petrus VD Westhuizen (Connie) (03/07/71) 4 Maria Catharina Kruger (Marietjie) (27/02/71)
24 Deon Venter (15/04/68) 3 Conrad Marx (26/04/68)
Caroline Brown (08/01/70) Albertus Ouwenkamp (31/07/71)
Adriana Horn (29/07/1968) Riaan Lira
Thelma Buitendag

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1. © DR Walker 2011-2012. Created 12 August 2011. Last Edited 5 June 2013.
2. Elize Venter

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Adele van Vuuren (Lira)

    Riaan, my cousin was not cremated. He was buried in Alberton where his father lived at that time.

  2. Thelma was buried in Orkney, where she was from, she was a new student in the school that year.

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