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Rachel grew up in a strict and forboding home. Her father was especially cold and cruel to his children. The children were never shown any love or appreciation and grew up in fear. Consequently, the males of the family deserted as soon as they were able to fend for themselves. Rachel, being the eldest, was forced to tend to her parents and the younger children at home until she married. Her childhood was amongst the unhappiest years of her life and it echoed through to her adulthood by leaving her feeling insecure. (https://www.myheritage.com/person-5021093_148888701_148888701/rachel-cornelia-erasmus-gebore-nel)
Mattheus was a 6' 6" gentle giant. Not cut out to be a farmer, he ran away from home aged 14 and went to Cape Town where he pretended to be 16 and joined a Norwegian Whaling ship to the Antartica. He spent 9 years travelling around the world. On return, he travelled to Northern Rhodesia and found work underground at the Mufulira Copper Mine. He met his wife Rachel in Mufulira and got married in April 1939. He worked on the mine as a "Rock Breaker" and moved to Luanshya at the end of 1940 where he remained until 1968.
He was a member of the RAOB and a Masonic Mason lodges. He left Luanshya in 1968 after retiring from the Roan Antelope Copper Mines and moved to Rhodesia. He bought a farm on the banks of the Umtali River which he named "Royal Flush". He missed mining and couldn't settle into a quiet retirement, and at the end of 1969 he found work at an Asbestos Mine at Mashaba where he worked until 1979 when he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He lingered for 13 weeks from the time of diagnosis until he died wracked with the pain of bone cancer. Tok and Rachel had six daughters and 16 grandchildren.
Kinders:ERASMUS x Lamb
ERASMUS x Bezuidenhout
ERASMUS x Marcolina