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505 | During the Transvaal War of Independence 1880-81 the cottage, home of Eugene O’Neill, which lay in “no mans land” between the British and Burgher forces became a makeshift hospital for British after their defeat at Majuba and there are graves on the site. The peace treaty ending the war was negotiated here and over a period of some 21 days in March 1881 it had seated in its parlour Paul Kruger, President Brand, Marthinus Pretorius, Commandant Gen. Piet Joubert, Gen. Sir Evelyn Wood, Col. R. Buller, Major Clarke and Capt Roberts as well as several others. The entrance to the cottage is directly off the N11.

Visitors are welcome to view the newly restored cottage with inside display area between 8am and 4pm, every day of the week.

14 Reviews

  • wow! where does the name Eugene come from? it was Richard Charles O’Neil that lived here. can you site the source of you information?

  • Using other sources of information, I have been researching this area unsuccessfully for several years.

    My inquiry you direct to the museum was addressed to literally within hours. Excellent service – thanks.

  • The O`Neils are family on my mother`s side. Thanks to all involved in the restoration. What a joy to see this historic site recovered from the dilapidation and vandalism that threatened to reduce it to rubble.

  • Hi my name is John Patrick O’Neil and my brother is Richard Owen O’Neil. We kind of lost contact with the O’Neil side of the family as my mother divorced my dad , Patrick Burnett O’Neil when I was two. Love to hear from you.
    Good news about the cottage. I was there about 15 years ago and was disappointed at the state

  • If there is any information you need regarding the O’Neill’s, I might be able to help. The O’Neill’s married the Groblers, who then married the Du Plessis. My grand – and great grandparents told me the history and I have been doing research for a while now.

  • My late father was Patrick O’Neil, my brother is Johannes Wilhelm O’Neil and his son is Patrick John Wesley O’Neil. The correct spelling is O’Neil and not O’Neill which has caused a lot of controversy among the O’Neil’s about the spelling.
    Richard Charles O’Neil was the owner of the O’Neil cottage and not Eugene as per history told from one generation to the other.

  • Hi, my name is Richard O’Neil and Richard Charles O’Neil was my great, great Grandfather. It was an honor to be there at the opening of the restored cottage and I am grateful for the part that our family played in our history.

  • Can anyone tell me whether the O’Neil family had interests in either of the Farms “Belfast”, “Lands End” or “Manning” which lie north of Majuba Mountain and west of Charleston?

    • 26th April 2020
      Hi Cousin
      So nice to meet you
      Yes! Richard Charles O’Neil came from Belfast Northern Ireland and bought land in SA which he named Belfast.
      Coal was discovered on Belfast.
      I have the whole history info and pics.
      Please contact me 0847203404
      Please give me a call and come for tea.
      My dad, Stephanus Hermanus Du Plessis married Helena Johanna Nel.
      Her mom was Cornelia Catharina (Dolly) O’Neil who Martie Jan Hendrink Nel.
      I found my Ouma Dolly’s brother Johannes Albertus O’Neils kids but they’re not receptive.
      My telephone is 0847203404
      My cousin Johan Nel +27 82 619 2286
      Hava fab day
      Martha Louisa (Marty) du Plessis

  • I’m trying to do my family tree and a relative remembered my Grandmother mentioning this cottage. I wonder if anyone would be interested in me running a few names past them? I’m looking for a specific few graves.

    • Hi Michelle. I am also busy with the family tree. I will help out and share what I found if there is names that I recognize .


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