Saturday, 5 December 2009

Plaque from Old Drift

Hadn't noticed I had this image from a recent trip back to the Old Drift.

I think the names are the same as on my previous posting

Georges Mercier, Paris Missionary d.1900

John Neil Wilson d. 11 Jan 1903 aged 45

Alexander W. Findlay d. 9th January 1904 aged 35

Ernest Collins d. 25th March 1904 aged 34

Miss E. Elliot d. 8th August 1904

Samuel Taylor Alexander d. 11 Sept 1904 aged 68

David Smith d. 7th April 1905

and others whose names are not known

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Thursday, 12 November 2009

Northern Rhodesia Journal - partial index

I hope that the folks at won't mind my writing a little summary of the index of the Northern Rhodesia Journal volumes I-V, covering 1950 to 1964, that they have kindly published. I'm not attempting to be comprehensive here - just to mention names of interest to people searching.

The index pages for Bomas-Brooks and Clerk-Cripwell are missing

For more information, you'll need to follow links from

Happy hunting!

Adams, P.C.G.
African Lakes Corporation
Airey, N.M
Alexander, A.M.
Anderson, Mrs F and Graham
Anley, V.R.
Ansell, W.F.H.
Arnot, F.S.
Baldwin, A.
Barnes, P.
Barns, T.A.
Baxter, T.W.
Beaufort, Mr
Beech, A.E.
Bell-Cross, G.
Benson, C.W.
Bentley, A.M.
Berwick, D.
Billing, M.G.
Billson, D.C.
Blagus, S.
Bloor, J.
Blyth, Mrs C.W.

Bomas-Brooks missing

Brooks, R.
Brown, J.
Brownes, Sir Gore
Bruwer, J.P.
Burton, M.
Butler, L.G.
Bwana Barush
C.V. Limited
Campbell, J. Sloane
Carr, N.J.
Chaplin, J.H.
Chelemu, A.
Chicken, C.
Child, first European (Marguerite Jeanmairet, related to Coillard)
Cholmeley, E.H.
Clark, J.D.
Clark, H.
Clark, P.G.D.
Clay, G.C.R.
Cleaver, H.

Clerk-Cripwell missing

Cripwell, H.A.
Croad, H.
Cross, G. Bell-
Cunnison, I.G.
Davis, Sir E.
Davison, A.
de Jong, J
De Santana, H, and Stefaniszyn B.
de Vries, L.
Dean, R. W.
Denny, S.R.
Draper, C.R.B.
Duff, C.E.
Dupont, Bishop
Ebben, D
Eldridge, I.M.
Erasmus, P.
Fagan, B.M.
Fairweather, W.G.
Fanshawe, D.B.
Farar, C.
first farm (Kalomo, Walker)
Finaughty, W.
Fisher, A.C.
Fitzgerald, D.F. Vesey-
Fox-Pitt, T.S.L.
Fox, Sir B.
Francis, "Hippo"
"French Marie"
Fryer, G.
Gamitto, A.C.P.
Gamwell, H. and M.
Gann, L.H.
Gardner, B.
Gersh, M.
Gielgud, V.
Gilges, W.
Glave, E.J.
Glieman, E.O.
Goddard brothers
Goode, Sir R.
Gordon, D.W.
Gore-Brown, Sir
Gouldsbury, C.
Graetz, P.
Graham, I.M.
graves, european, forgotten
Gray, B.
Gray, J.A
Gray, K.
Gregory, R.E.
Grey, G.
Griffin, A.W.M.S.
Grimstvedt, S.
Guernsey, T.D.
Gunn, D.L.
Haile, H.P.
Hainsworth, F.C.
Hall, P.E.
Handley, G.F.B.
Harrington, A.
Harrington, H.T. ("Chiana")
Harvey, Mrs S.
Hazard, C.J.
Hazel, C.H.
Heath, L.C.
Hedmore family
Hervey, H.J.A.
Hetherington, Sir H.
Hickman, S and others
Hill, H.C.N.
Hobbs, W.F.J.
Hobson, R.H.
Horne, J.W. Sharratt-
Horner, P.K.
Housden, J. and Armor M.
Howe, G.
Hudson, R.S.
Hughes, R. Murray-
Hunt, B.I.
Irwin, D.D.
Irwin, M.P.S.
Jalland, E.H.
James, G.
Jeanmairet, M.
Jelf, P.
Johnstone, B.B / W.R.
Jones, E.A. / F.E.F. / G / S
Jordan, E.K.
Joule, B.
Kay, G.
Kerfoot, O.
Kerr, I.
Kinross, K.S.
Knight, W.B.
Knowles, Jordan
Lacerda e Almeida
Lambert, H.H.J
Lancaster, D.G.
Langham, R.W.M.
Larson, T.
Law, A.
Law, P.
Lawton, R.M.
Livingstone, D.
Lloyd, R.K.
Lobb, G.H.
McClennan, J.
McGee, J.
McGlashan, N.D.
MacKeown, W.F.
Maclaren, P.I.R.
Macmurgas, general dealer
Macrae, F.B.
Macrae, J.
Magyar, I.
Marie, "French"
Marshall, H.C.
Matthews, J.L.
Mbesuma ranch
Melland, F.H.
Merry, J.
Michie, A.
Middleton, R.W.
Miller, W.T.
Mills, E.C.
Moffat, R.
Molyneux, F.C.
Monteiro, Maj
Moore, Sir L.
Moore, T.C.
Morony, W.V.
Morris, J.P.A.
Morris, M.J.
Mortimer, M.A.E.
Mortimer, M.C.
Morton, V.
Moskopp, Fr
Mpika cemetery
Msidi, chief
Munday, J.T.
Mununga, chief
Murray, F.C.
Murray, R.E.
Murray-Hughes, R.
Murray's column reunions
Mwamfuli's village
Norton, "Mickey"
O'Brien, P.L.A.
O'Donovan, D.
Old timers... Skipper Swanson, Kay Robinson, Penny, "Dongolosi" Thornicroft, "Mickey" Norton, Hippo Francis, E.S.B. Taggart, Ronald and Lionel Smith, Ben Joule, Ben Woest, J. McClennan, "French marie"
Otter, J.B.
Page, Sir, T.
Paine, N.D.
Palmer, R.H.
Palmer, S.
Parker, R.J.
Peters, D.U.
Phillips, G.
Phillipson, D.W.
Pickering's mission
Pitt, T.S.L.
Pook, J.
Poole, E.H.I.
Porto, A.F. da S.
Prentice, J.S.
Rance, H.D.H.
Rangeley, H.
Rawson, O.C.
Rawsthorne, C.H.J.
Read, J.G.
Rennie, C.R.
Rhodes, C.J.
Ridley, H.C.N.
Roberts, J.G.
Robinson, K.
Rodger, L.M.
Rose, J.
Roseberry, Lord
Ross, H.
Ross, T.
Rotberg, R.I.
Rumsey, F.S.R.
Rushworth, F.
Schonland, Dr S.
Sharpe, Sir A.
Shaw, J.R.
Sharrat-Horne, J.W. obituary
Sheane, H.
Shelmerdine, W.W.
Shiwa Ngandu
Silva Porto, A.F. de
Skaife, S.H.
Smith, J.
Smith, L.
Smith, R.
Soulsby, J.J.
Stairs, W.G.
Stefaniszyn, B. and de Santana H.
Stephenson, J.E. 'Chiripula'
Stewart, D.R.M.
Stewart, R.
Stewart, R.N.
Stokes, G.
Stokes, R.
Stone, J.C.
Storrs, Sir R.
Summers, R.
Swanson, 'skipper'
Sylvester, H. A.
Symmes, T.C.L
Tagart, E.S.B.
Tanguy, Rev. F.
Tapson, A.G.E.
Tapson, W.
Tasker, G.S.
Tereorede, A.
Thomas, F.M.
Thomas, J.E.
Thomson, J.B.
Thornton, R.
Thwaits, D.C.
'Tou Tou', HMS
Tracey, H.
Trayner, W.
Trollope, I.F.W
Tylden, G
Van Breda, H.J.
Vaux, H.
Venning, J.H.
Vereker, I.S.A.
Vesey-Fitzgerald, D.F.
Vlahakis, J.
Vorbeck, von Lettow
Walker, H.F.
Wareham, J.M.
Warrington, J.F.S.T.
Watmore, H.A.
Watson, A. Blair
Watt, N.
Waugh, H.C.
Weatherley, P.
Weldon, H.A.C.
Wellington, W.
Westbeech, G.
White, C.M.N.
White fathers
Whitten, J.
Wienand, C.E.
Williams, A.
Willams, G.D.B
Wilson, E.M.
Winkworth, W.A.F.
Winterbottom, J.M.
Woest, B.
Worringham, C.
Worthington, F.
Wright, D.M. and Kay
Wright, R.
Yeta, M.
Yoram, Drum Major
Young, 'Bobo'
Yule, J.B
Yule, R.W.
Zeeberberg, C.H.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Peugeot Guide to Lusaka

The Peugeot Guide to Lusaka by Geoffrey Williams, my edition 1983

Junction of Church Rd and Cairo Rd. in 1948 with Moreton's
Store on the right. Thatcher and Hobson's business is on the
site of the post office. The farmer's cooperative is
in the foreground.
There are some great photos... Glasser's store, Moreton's store, Kollenberg & Son, Counsell's hotel, and a picture of the original school before its restoration.

There is excellent information on town planning, development and geology.

This book mentions that the early trading community was "strongly Jewish in its composition.... In 1918 of the thirteen stores listed ... seven were owned by Jews of mainly Russian origin. The other six claimed British nationality. It was not until the onset of World War II that Asian traders began to take up stores on Cha Cha Cha road"


ABERMAN, I. - bakers, general dealers
ADSHEAD, S.D. - town planning 1930
BAIN, H. - motor garage
BAKER & Co - general dealers
BOWLING - town planning 1933
COUNSELL, A. - hotelier
CREED & Co - general dealers
DELAPORTE, J.N - bootmaker, general dealers
DIAMOND, V.S. - motor garage
DOORNFONTEIN - Makeni farm
FISCHER, S. - general dealers
GLASSER, Benjamin - first shop 1908, baker, general dealers
HADDEN, C.S. - solicitor
HAJIPETROU, George - George compound named after his farm on this site, later Andrew's Motel owner
HASLETT, S. - auctioneer
HOBSON - transport business
HOWARD, John - bought some of Nel's land to open John Howard & Co quarry
KOLLENBERG & Son - general dealers, millers
LOVELL, A.G. - butcher
MARRAPODI, G.B. - Italian contractor on railway, establishes lime-burning industry 1911
MARSTON's hotel
MORETON - store, Cairo Rd.
MORTON - lime worker
NEL, J.D - Chawama compound area bought from BSA in 1914
PAAINEERS Rust - early Makeni farm, now Moomba Farm 397
ROBERT's compound - Robert was a farm overseer
ROSENFIELD, N. - Agents, general dealers
ROSSAZA - lime worker
SCHAPIRO, D. - general dealers
TEAGLE - Makeni plot
THATCHER - transport business with Hobson
TURNER - Makeni plot
WOLPOWITZ, S. - butchers

Rhodesia directory,
Hobson, Dick - Lusaka, story of a capital city (another Hobson book I was not aware of...)

and others

Saturday, 7 November 2009

A handbook to the Victoria Falls

Mosi-oa-Tunya: A Handbook to the Victoria Falls Region Edited by D.W. Phillipson - Longman, Rhodesia, 1975

Nice mix of information on Livingstone area, including some history and wildlife. Here is the information of genealogical interest. Some nice old photos of Old Drift / Livingstone / Railway bridge.

1851, LIVINGSTONE and William Cotton OSWELL were in the area, but did not visit.

Notes that W.D. Cooley's map of 1852 already shows the falls in about the right place.

1857 LIVINGSTONE visits what is today known as Livingstone Island, but it is suggested that the "tree bearing indecipherable marks commonly thought to be the initials carved by the missionary cannot be the original".

William BALDWIN is the next European to visit the falls on 2 August 1860. Livingstone arrives 9th August with his brother Charles and Dr John Kirk. David and Charles remain to make a more detailed observation of the falls.

1862 James CHAPMAN and Thomas BAINES, Edward BARRY

1871 George WESTBEECH, English trader

1875 Emil HOLUB, followed by Francois COILLARD

1880 Jesuit mission at Mwemba's

1889 Harry WARE - South African mining syndicate - obtains concession from Lewanika, later bought by Cecil Rhodes for the BSA

1890 Frank LOCHNER (Lealui) concession

1890 Caprivi strip established to give German South-West Africa access to the Zambezi

1897 Robert CORYNDON (British) dispatched to Lealui; territory north of Zambezi becomes known as Northwestern Rhodesia, new concession 1900

1898 more settlers and traders arrive, BSA administrative post 'Victoria Falls station' is 5km above the falls.

1901 Administration moves offices to present site of Livingstone to avoid fever; plans to move town are not far behind

1903 there are 68 Europeans - including 17 women and 6 children

1905 Bridge officialy opened by Prof George DARWIN, old drift falls into disuse,
IMBAULT bridge engineer

1907 Livingstone is the capital of Northwestern Rhodesia (remains so until 1935)

1911 territory amalgamated with Northeastern Rhodesia (capital Chipata), population has reached 2000

BARAGWANATH, Orland, prospector, 1911 (BSA) find copper in Kafue Hook area
CHAPMAN, nurse with Wilson, 1902
CLARK, Percy M. lives at Old Drift but moves to south bank near present hotel, 1903, V. CLARK his son continues business
CLARKE, F.J. 'Mopane', has taken up residence in 1898
CODRINGTON, Robert has a motor bike, 1908
COISSON, Rev Giovanni Daniele Augusto and wife (Italian missionaries at Old Drift, 9km above falls). "For almost two years, Mrs Coisson was the only European woman in the settlement", 1898
FINDLAY, chemist 1902
FOLEY, (Constable) W.T.B.G. (Irish) - tombstone at Sijoba in Gwembe Valley, flooded by Lake Kariba (William Thompson Barron Galway are his names), 1902
GUTHRIE, chemist 1902
GIESE's ferry, map p.96
GRAETZ, Paul, drives a car into town, the first for many years, 1908
GREY, George, prospector, 1911
HUNT, B.L, works for government, 1906
KASAA, Petrose, Lesotho-trained, Lozi evangelist establishes a school at the Old Drift, 1898
LEWIS, Frank, prospector, 1911
MILLS, Fred, hotel, 1902, 1907 there are two hotels, one owned by Fred MILLS;
MOORE, Leopold arrives 1904 (from Bulwayo 1898, from Mafeking) nice photo of Moore's chemists...1906 Livingstone Mail - Moore's rival paper
PAULING, George railway contractor, 1904
POWELL, Miss Gladys opens private kindergarten, 1906
RANGELEY, Henry, appoined magistrate NW Rhodesia administration, comes once a month to the Old Drift, 1902
SOUTHURST, chemist, 1902
STONES,Rev T. 1904 Methodist missionary, leaves 8 months later due to ill health
SUSMAN, Harry and Elie from Lithuania,
SWEETLOVE, map, p.96
TRAYNER, William (employee of Mopane Clarke) establishes newspaper; 1904
TULLOCH, Mr and Mrs, attempt fruit growing, 1902
WHITE, J.W.B. visiting hunter, 1904
WILSON, Dr J.N. clinic, 1902
ZEEDERBERG, Doel,1898, coach service


'Autobiography of an Old Drifter' (see elsewhere on this blog'),

RANGELEY's memoirs (Northern Rhodesia Journal, 1965)

TRAYNER's memoirs (NRJ 1964),

WATT unpublished MS at Livingstone Musuem

Northern Rhodesia Journal (1950-1965) is recommended as a good source for those wanting to find out more

Sunday, 25 October 2009

So this was Lusaakas

So This was Lusaakas is an excellent history of Lusaka - and there are not a lot of them - by Richard Sampson, covering up to independence in 1964. This book lists many early and or prominent names.

The earliest visitors are Portuguese, mentioned below, drawn from the introduction to the book.

My references come from the second, enlarged edition, 1971

Here is a brief and random timeline drawn from the book

Lusaka is named after a "minor Lenje headman" who had a village in the area. It was originally known as Lusaka's village, or Lusaaka's, village, but more often written Lusakas or Lusaakas.

1906 Railway arrives from the south
1910 Lusaka School is in operation, photo
1912 meeting about state of Lusaka School, deputation to Livingstone
The school is "kept by several colonial and Dutch girls for the surrounding farmers' children... .A mud house, swarming with white ants," See elsewhere on this blog for a list of pupils at the school.
1913 Decision to form Lusaka township 4 January, name Lusaka starts to become more prevalent.
1913 "number of indigent Dutch" arriving, known as "bywoner", 100 families were passing
through Livingstone en route to Lusaka
1913 Agricultural society established with a view to having agricultural shows
1914 Cape to Cairo cars pass through Lusaka
1917 First car
1920 First aeroplane flies over, nearest runway at Kabwe
1926 Disastrous floods
1928 Luburma Market south of independence avenue
1930 Shortlist of Chilanga, site north of Emmasdale, and present site discussed for Lusaka city
1930 August 8, Lusaka becomes township, 9000 acres, government administration moves from Chilanga
1931 Boma near site of Mwaiseni stores, first amateur dramatic society formed
1932 Northern Rhodesia Regiment has garrison in Lusaka
1933 A post office is built, Chamber of Commerce established. The post office blows a noon bugle to help people keep time.
1935 May, completion of Lusaka as capital city, openings of buildings,
1935 first agricultural show (moved from Kafue), but show remains in Kafue until 1939
1950 power cut from 7-12 April, as power station gives up; known as Black Easter

Photos include Lusaka shopping centre 1916, train station, Church Rd 1932, Boma 1928, Cairo Rd 1920s, floods 1926.

Cairo Road looking south about 1931

Church Road from Cairo Road in 1929

Copeman, Lewis, Miller, Hudson, Salmon
Here are most of the names that occur, I omitted a couple of famous visitors.

Adshead, Professor, 1930, from London to plan town p.54, 81
Allison, Mr. T.S., 1914, p.42-43
Baker, S.J., 1923, p.48
Banbury, Cecil p.19
Banbury, Jack and wife p.17
Bartlett, stenographer, 1930, town planning p.45
Baxter, Dr, 1914, p.37, 41
Beit, Alfred, 1913 fund, p.34
Berrington, Q.T., agricultural show committee, 1913, p.33
Bishop, Mr. (Chilanga, 1906) p.14
Blumenthal, Herman, 1920, p.47
Bok, Dr and Mrs, 1914, p.41
Botha, General (prime minister, SA) 1914, p.41
Brown, John, 1913, p.31, 33
Brown, (N.R.P. NR Police?) p.41
Burkitt, Mr. 1913, p.35
Cameron, Verney Lovett (Commander), 1875, p.4
Carinus, Mr., 1914, p.43
Carruthers, Jack (prospector) 1902, p.10
Chifunda, witnessed Fairbanks death, 1900, p.8-9
Cobham, Alan (flight, England to Cape and back), p.48
Copeman, E.A. District Commissioner, Chilanga 1908 p.15, 35
Coryndon, Major (adminstrator NW Rhodesia) p.10,14
Counsells Hotel, later Lusaka hotel, photo 1926
Cunliffe, Pickersgill, Cape to Cairo, 1914, p.40
Cunningham, Major Boyd, 1914, mentions farm "Makeni", p.35, 42-43
Da Costa, Joaquim (Sitanda, 1811) p.3
Dean, R.B. 1917, 1959, Pauling and Company, p.12,14,15, 45, 48
Diogo, Manoel (Batoka Plateau, 1878) p.3
Dobree, Mr., acting governor, 1930, p.55
Draper, Mr (assistant magistrate, Chilanga, 1912) p.25
Dunbar, Albert, farmer 1923, named "Cairo Road", p48
Duthie, Mr. p34
Earl-Spurr, Col N.O., 1920, named Chelston, p.47, 88
Erlank, S.A., named and developed Roma, p.88,
Fairbairn, 1914 farmer, p.25
Fairbanks (Canada or USA, suicide under attack, 1900) p.8
Ferreira, Mr. P. 1913, p.29-33, 42
Ferreira, Jao Baptista, 1875, p.4
Fisher, Livingstone 1913 Fisher & Shelmerdine p.24
Fourie, town management board, 1912, p.26
Freitas 1853 p.3
Francesco, Anastario 1802, 1811 p.3
Geldenhuis, Rev, minister Dutch Reformed Church p.20
Geldenhuys, J.J., 1906 coming north followed by about 20 Afrikaaner settlers p.14
Gerrard, Mr. 1930, p.55
Gibbons, Col, p.42
Glasser, Mr. Benjamin, 1908, first business in Lusaka p.14-15, 26
Godson, F.P. (Mazabuka, 1936) p.5
Hall, Gibson, native commissioner, 1923, p.48
Haslett, Sam, 1920, Lusaka, Mazabuka, Kalomo, Choma, p.47
Hone, Evelyn
Hook, G.B. (Major) 1902, Victoria Falls area, p.13
Hudson, Major (hardback edition photo)
Jameson, Dr Starr, 1913, president of BSA (Sir Leander Starr Jameson?) p.33-36, 40
Jose, Anastario 1802, 1811 p.3
Kelsey, Captain R.N., Cape to Cairo, 1914, killed by a leopard, Serenje p.40
Kennedy, Mr. 1930, p.55
King, Mr. mill owner p.23, 33
Kollenberg, Mr., second business in Lusaka / Plumtree, 1909, p.14-15, 26
Lacerda, Dr. 1798 Portuguese p.3
Laubuschagne, Mr (Kalomo, absent from school meeting, 1912) p.27
Lewis, E.A. (hardback edition photo)
Leyer, G.M. (assistant magistrate, Chilanga, 1912) p.26
Lipawsky, Mrs. (Lusaka Trading Company) p.23
Lipowsky, Mr. p.26
Liphschild, Mr. G. 1943, p.66
MacKinnon, Mr. 1913, p.35, 38
Malan, Dr. chairing school meeting 1912, p.27
Manners, Mr. 1912, p.26
Marapodi, Marrapodi, Mr. G.B., Italian, Kalomo, to Lusaka in 1911, photo of advertisement at back, p.37, 44, 46
Maturin, Mrs Fred. (sufragette from England; Lusaka, Livingstone 1910) p.16,20
Marshland of Paulings (?) p.12
Marston, I.L., p36
Marston I.J., p.43
Marston, Mr. L.J. hotel licence July 1912, p.23, 26, 41
Marston's Hotel 1912, p.25
Maxwell, inspector 1929, p.53
Miller, Bruce (hardback edition photo)
Morton, Mr. Percy c.1911, imported first motor car, c. 1917, p.44,45
Mello, Jose 1795 p.3
Molyneux, M.C.F. (Government, 1931 - Munali pass road named after him) p.5
Moore, Leopold (editor Livingstone Mail, 1914), p.20,24, 55
Oosthuizen, J.F.M. p.29-31, 34, 43, 87
Oosthuizen, Emma, p.87
Ousthuizen, (J?) 1902 coming north met Hook p.14, 27, 34
Owen, L.M. 1877 p.6
O'Flaherty p.19
Papenfus, Pepenfus, L.N., Dutch, 1914, p.25, 30, 33, 34
Pelly, Dr Huntley 1914 p.25, 36
Pereira, Goncalo 1796 p.3
Phillips, Mr. H., 1914, p.41
Pinto, Serpa 1878 p.4
Porto, Silva 1853/4 p.3
Rich, Mr, 1932, p.61
Rosazza, Mr, C. 1911, p.44
Roucher, J. agricultural show committee, 1913, p.33
Royalance, Geo., p.36
de Sanetenna, Jose Anselmo (Luangwa trader, 1860-61) p.3
Salmon, Lt. (NR Police) hardback edition photo
Sears, Mr, town management board, 1912, p.26
Selous, F.C. 1877 p.6
Shelmerdine, Livingstone, Fisher & Shelmerdine, 1913, p.24
Shippard, C.C. 1914, arriving by train, p.24 attending Venter vs Venter
Simmons, Detective Inspector, 1932, p.58
Smith, "Bongolo", illiterate, died a millionaire, c.1920, p.47
Smuts, Rev. A.J. secretary, school meeting, 1912, p.27
Sillitoe, Percy, policeman, later knighted p.37
Standish-White, Surgeon Captain (photo in hardback edition)
Stephenson, J.E. "Chiripula", Mkushi, 1900 p.7
Sousa, Felisberto (Lealui, 1871), p.4
Tailyour, Renny, laying out site for Lusaka, 1913, p.26
Thompson, R. Moffat, magistrate Venter vs Venter, p.24, 35-37
Thompson, J. Moffat, p.43
Townsend, Mr S.F. of Bulawayo, resident engineer, named Lusaka according to R.B. Dean, 1906 p.12
Uys, Mr. J. (farmer, 1949) p.13
Varian, H.F. (railway construction, 1906, arrival in Lusaka p.12
Venter, (vs Venter court case) 1914, p.24, 27
Walker's drift, Livingstone 1913 p.28
Wallace, Mrs. p.35
Warriner, Charlie, Public Works Dept, p.38-39
Wener, Werner, Mr, mill owner with King, p.23, 25
Werner, H.C. 1914 farmer p.25
Wessels, Mr. (Farm auctioned by Fisher & Shelmerdine, 1913) p.24
West, Mr. C. p.41
Westbeech, George, 1875, p.4
Willis, Mr. 1914, arriving by train, p.24, 32, 34
Wilson, Col. E.M., 1914, p.40
Woest, Ben bought Wessel's farm, 1913, p.24
Worthington, F.V., Acting secretary BSA, Livingstone, 1913 p. iv

Saturday, 4 July 2009

This Africa was mine

This Africa Was Mine tells a part of the story of Baptist missions in Nyasaland and was published in 1950 by Stirling Tract Enterprise, USA.

There is an excellent introduction on the area's history by George Shepperson (Univ of Edinburgh).

The author is Emily BOOTH Langsworthy (b. 4th August, 1882), daughter of Joseph BOOTH, Baptist missionary to Nyasaland. She was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but they departed from Melbourne for Africa, and later wound up in America, though they also seem to have English ties.

Two famous atheists, Mr SYMES and Robert INGERSOLL p37 prompt them to take up the challenge after a debate in Melbourne, in which Ingersoll suggests that if Booth is a true Christian he will sell his goods and go into the world to preach the gospel. Booth decides he will.

This little book tells the story of the Booths' time in Nyasaland from around July 1892-4. Her mother died shortly before they went out.

"The bottle, the Bible and the bullet are significant symbols of the types of white men who went..."

A paraphrased quote from David Livingstone near the end of the book (p.136) in a letter to his daughter Agnes:

"the child of a missionary bears the mark of Cain upon his forehead and is doomed to be a wanderer on the face of the earth and to have no home"

Other names...

John Edward BOOTH (her brother, Eddie, p40, arrived end of 1893, died Feb 22nd 1894, p104; p.133)

Mr MANGIN (on boat and continuing up to work as secretary for John BUCHANAN in Blantyre, died c. Dec 1892)

Miss WALKER (on coastal steamer, Mozambique area, where they arrive at the mouth of the
Zambezi to work their way up river)

Alexander ROSS, British Vice Consul at Beira

Mr CANNON (on the boat, shooting things as they go, p22)

Dr ELMSLIE (of Livingstonia)

John MOIR (Manager, African Lakes Company, p38; Mandala) also his wife, p54, p98 Zomba

John BUCHANAN (wealthy coffee plantation owner, p42, d.1892)

Dr SCOTT (Blantyre mission)

Dr JOHNSTON (of Jamaica)

Rev Dr Alexander HETHERWICK (p47, "brought the house down" with rendition of the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo, at Christmas show)

Harry JOHNSTON (Government official, p48, 57, 100)

Captain SCLATER (government)

Mr GIBBS (African Lakes Company, 1893, p52, whose house they occupy)

David LIVINGSTONE (local boy named after DL)

Mrs George FENWICK (Blantyre mission, took refuge 1884, p.124)
Mr George FENWICK (went as lay missionary 1881, dismissed for cruelty, became a hunter and killed CHIPATULA in dispute over ivory; killed by Chipatula's sons)

Mrs ZEZUZEE (Blantyre mission, trained at Lovedale, Cape Colony, married, widowed)

Johnstone ZEZUZEE (son of above, aged about 10; p54)

Mr EDWARDS (p103, unmarried, middle aged arrived in October 1892, died within a few weeks of malaria)

MASEYA (Makololo chief, p64, one of David Livingstone's men, along with
MAKWIRA settled on the banks of the Zambezi and Shire rivers amongst the Nyanja people)

KAMTADJA (Chief, p81, Mitsidi)

Miss THOMAS (From Durban, p85)

Dr and Mrs FALLON (from England, 1893)
Arthur FALLON (their son, p97)

Mrs HAWKINS (p88)
Mr HAWKINS (resident missionary at Big Chillingani, p1303)

Joseph NTEMADZANI married Nellie ACHIKAKAWA 20th Aug 1893, p.94. (Nellie worked for Ms Thomas)

MONGA (carpenter, p98)

Alexander HAMILTON (Mitsidi, July 1893? p.107)

Peter ROSS (p.116, 125)

Harry PETTIT (elephant hunter p128)

Mr and Mrs MILLER (p133, moved into "Ailsa Craig")

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Travels in North West Rhodesia

My Travels in North West Rhodesia; Or, a Missionary Journey of Sixteen Thousand Miles By Rev. G. E. Butt, Eighteen years missionary in South Africa, President of the Primitive Methodist Conference, 1905. The trip described is in 1908.

There's no index in this book, unfortunately, but it is a conventional account of travels in North Western Rhodesia - the old territory covering Zambia west of the Kafue River. They travel to and from N'Kala (or Nkala), which appears to be between Choma and Kalomo.

As is usual for this era, very few first names of people are given. Travel begins in the usual way from Cape Town, proceeding north up the rail line through Zimbabwe / Rhodesia, including Bulawayo and Victoria Falls. From there they proceed to Broken Hill (Kabwe), Nambala, and then to the Kafue "about 200 miles higher than the train station". Then on to Nkala, Nanzela, Kasanga, Kalomo and back home via Livingstone. It's not very clear what the route is.

Other place names (or versions of them) that turn up include Mumba and Kokobells Road.

Loading a train at Wankie coalfields

Livingstone station

Staff at Nanzela

Missionary graves at N'Kala, including those of Elsie Buckenham and the first Mrs Pickering

Staff at Nambala

The first mission house at N'Kala,
Some quotes:

"Kafue River trader's station... "a few huts, one for a shop; one for a store; one to live in... I think he is a German Jew"

Victoria Falls Hotel "capable of holding 200 guests... one storey iron erections, lined with wood and matting" p.43

At Broken Hill "the late postmaster... shot himself" This is about Aug 1908

At Livingstone "we passed the old seat of government... removed about 18 months since to New Livingstone. The buildings are still there but in ruins... fixtures have been removed. One cannot but feel sorry for the change... Sufficient remains to show that some of the buildings were very substantial and fine"

He has an interesting conversation with his carriers about taxes:

"Would 'Moruti' tell them why the Missionaries brought the Magistrates into the country? They were glad to have Missionaries, but did not want Magistrates... because they taxed people."

He goes on to explain the purpose of taxes. The spokesman was a Barotse man who had been sold into slavery as a boy, but ran away to Nanzela.

"that can never happen to any of your boys and girls; because the Government is against slavery... " and he explains how taxes help to protect them. Eventually they all agree that taxes are good!

The following names turn up (pages follow, approximately)

BALDWIN (N'Kala) 114, 138, 139, 144 (photo)
BROWN (Victoria Falls Hotel) 43, 51-2
BUCKENHAM (family, including Elsie, died at N'Kala) 138-9, 144, 150-51, 165
CHAPMAN 23, 68, 95, 106, 119, 126, 139
CREWE, Col. 12
DALE (magistrate) 191
DIPHOOKO (mason, bricklayer from Kimberley; Nambala) 95, 106, 109, 182
FELL 185
GILLENDER, Rev. R. 25-6
HALSE (Bulawayo) 29, 33
HARRISON (nee HALSE, Bulawayo) 33
HEATH, Rev (From midlands of UK, Vryburg) 18
HINDES (postmaster, Mumba) 86
JALLA (Brothers, French Mission near Livingstone) 51
JOSEPH (a teacher, perhaps his first name?) 161
KAKOA's village 133 (father of MONO)
KEMUEL (from Basutoland) 163, 195, 223, 225, 238, 243, 264
KERSWELL (Broken Hill) xiii, 66-7, 71, 75-6, 78, 83-5, 91, 95, 104, 109, 111-4, 117, 121-2, 125, 130, 135, 154, 163, 168, 176-8
KHAMI (King) 20
KNIGHT (Aliwal) 11,12
LEGG (Cape Town) 11
LETSEA (son of Lewanika) 234-9
LOWE (Wesleyan minister, Johannesburg) 20,23
LUSE (slave rescued from Portuguese raiders in 1908) & Husband (photo of both)
MAOLOSI, Robert 68, 95, 114, 139, 150, 163
MONO 's village 112
PRICE xiii, 136-149, 154-160, 178-192, 205-6, 211, 219, 222, 230, 235-37, 251, 258-60
RAMATHE, D. (evangelist from Aliwal) 138-40, 144-9, 162-3, 173, 176, 181, 183
SHALOBA (Chief) 191, 220
SMITH 23, 106, 119, 126, 155, 163, 185, 205, 215, 230, 261
WATSON (assistant magistrate) 196-9, 215-6
WILLOUGHBY, Rev (Tiger's Kloof) xii, 19,25,208

PICKERING - lost the reference...

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