Henry Bergmann's grave

When Henry Bergmann, the hero of Adam Yamey's novel ALIWAL died in 1866, neither the few Jews who lived in Aliwal North nor the gentiles wished to bury him, a suicide, in their graveyards. 

His good friends the De Wet family, local Boer farmers, came to the rescue by offering to bury him in their private family graveyard on one of their farms. 


Many years later, the family decided to relocate their private cemetery. In order to do this, they had to disinter all of the corpses. Whilst they were digging up Henry Bergmann's corpse, they came across his gold wedding ring. This is now displayed in a section of the Aliwal North Museum dedicated to the history of the De Wet family.