The Heritage Foundation is now the proud custodian of photo frames that are more than 120 years old.

Marietjie (75) and Dawie (82) Mostert made two very special donations to the Heritage Foundation.

Two beautiful photo frames that were carved with a paring knife in the prisoner of war camp in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) were donated by Mrs Mostert. She inherited the photo frames, along with the family photos that still were in them, from her mother, Josina Jordaan (née Swanevelder).

Young people today do not always understand the value of their parents’ heirlooms and that is why these items were donated to the Heritage Foundation.

“On the one hand I am sad, but on the other hand I am happy because now I know it is preserved,” said Mrs Mostert.

Jordaan’s grandfather, Carel Swanevelder, was detained in the prisoner of war camp.

Furthermore, Mrs Mostert also donated the Voortrekker kappie that her mother, Josina, wore to the ES at the inauguration of the Voortrekker Monument in 1949.

Mostert’s family has left deep traces in the history of the Afrikaner and therefore it is a privilege for the Heritage Foundation to be the custodians of her ancestors’ treasures.

The kappie still looks brand new and the ES thanks the Mostert couple for this wonderful donation.

So much of history is lost and must be preserved for future generations.