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PAUL KRUGER CHURCH
PRETORIA
GAUTENG
SOUTH AFRICA
HISTORICAL MUSEUM

History of the man who the church is named after:


Stephanus Johannes Paulus Kruger (October 10, 1825 – July 14, 1904), better known as Paul Kruger and fondly known as Oom Paul (Afrikaans for "Uncle Paul") was a prominent Boer resistance leader against British rule and president of the Transvaal Republic in South Africa.


Stephanus Johannes Paulus Kruger (October 10, 1825 – July 14, 1904), better known as Paul Kruger and fondly known as Oom Paul (Afrikaans for "Uncle Paul") was a prominent Boer resistance leader against British rule and president of the Transvaal Republic in South Africa.

In time, Kruger emerged as a leader. He started as a field cornet in the commandos, eventually becoming Commandant-General of the South African Republic.
He was appointed member of a commission of the Volksraad, the republican parliament that was to draw up a constitution. People began to take notice of the young man and he played a prominent part in ending the quarrel between the Transvaal leader, Stephanus Schoeman, and M.W. Pretorius.

In 1873, Kruger resigned as Commandant-General, and for a time he held no office and retired to his farm, Boekenhoutfontein. However, in 1874 he was elected to the Executive Council and shortly after that became Vice-President of the Transvaal.

Following the annexation of the Transvaal by Britain in 1877, Kruger became the leader of the resistance movement. During the same year, he visited Britain for the first time as leader of a deputation. In 1878, he was part of a second deputation.

On 30 December 1880, at the age of 55, Kruger was elected President of the Transvaal.


On 11 October 1899, the Second Boer War broke out. On 7 May the following year, Kruger attended the last session of the Volksraad, and left Pretoria on 29 May as Lord Roberts was advancing on the town. For weeks he either stayed in a house at Waterval Onder or in his railway carriage at Machadodorp in the then Eastern Transvaal, now Mpumalanga. In October, he left South Africa on the Dutch warship De Gelderland, sent by the Queen of the Netherlands Wilhelmina, which had simply ignored the British naval blockade of South Africa. His wife was too ill to travel and remained in South Africa; she died on 20 July 1901.

Kruger went to Marseille and stayed for a while in The Netherlands, before moving to Clarens, Switzerland, where he died on 14 July 1904. He was buried on 16 December 1904 in the Church Street cemetery, Pretoria.


PAUL KRUGER'S LEGACY:

-A gold Krugerrand coin
-His former Pretoria residence is now the Kruger House Museum.
-In Church Square, Pretoria, stands a statue of Kruger in formal dress.
-The Kruger National Park is named after him, as is the Krugerrand coin, which features his face on the obverse.
-In 2004 he was voted 27th in the SABC3's Great South Africans poll conducted by the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
-The Nazis used his biography (Kruger had German ancestors) for one of their anti-British propaganda films, the lavish adventure Ohm Krüger shot by director Hans Steinhoff in 1940–41.

CONTACT DETAILS:

Tel (27)(0)12 326 9172
Fax (27)(0)12 328 5173
Cell (27) (0)82 754 0943

PHYSICAL ADDRESS:

Paul Kruger Church
60 Church Street
opposite Kruger House
1 km west of Church Square




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