Africa – Rikatla


Henri Alexandre Junod, born May 17, 1863 in St Martin (near Neuchâtel), Switzerland, died in Geneva April 22, 1934. He is buried in Rikatla, Mozambique (today the village of Elias on the former station of Rikatla), where he spent many years as a missionary-ethnographer.

He married on March 18, 1889 in Couvet (near Neuchâtel), Switzerland, Emilie Julie born Biolley. Following the death of Emilie on 10 July 1901 in Shilouvane, Transvaal (near Tzaneen), South Africa, Henri Alexandre remarried on 15 March 1904 in Zurich with Sophie Hélène née Kern.

Henri Alexandre and Sophie Hélène are buried in Rikatla.

Directions to Rikatla

From Maputo, follow the 4-lane coastal road heading north to the last roundabout - about 30-40 km (just before Marracuene) which indicates Xaixai straight ahead (or right) and Maputo on the left.

Take the 4-lane road direction Maputo. The road goes up and then goes down again).

At the bottom of the descent, turn left following the signs "FACIM" and "Seminario unido de Ricatla". Take this paved road to the end and at the intersection, go straight on a dirt road (pass to the left of the coffee place at this intersection).

Follow this path on approx. 1 km and when you see a wall on your right that makes a round, pull to the right. Follow the dirt road for 500 m and you are there. (Thanks to P. Wulliamoz for these directions)

  • Ancestors : civil registries of Lignières and State Archives Neuchâtel
  • Descendance : civil registries of Lignières, State Archives Neuchâtel and members of the family

While the descendants of Henri Alexandre's first marriage settled in the Pretoria region, those of the second marriage stayed and settled (for the most part) in Switzerland.