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Modder River

Situated on the N12 approximately 35 km south of Kimberley, Modder River played an important role in the Anglo Boer War.

During 1882, Modder River served as a quarantine station to keep the dreaded disease of  smallpox away from Kimberley. Travellers enroute to Kimberley had either to produce a valid certification of vaccination or be vaccinated at the station. 

Modder River was also the scene of a battle during the Anglo-Boer War with the Boers taking up the defensive in the deep shaded banks of the river.

At the build-up to the Battle of Magersfontein, Modderriver was the main British camp under command of Lord Methuen. It is from here that the attack on Magersfontein was launched. Today a British blockhouse can still be seen near the railroad.

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