Mitchells the Chemist (Pvt) Ltd

Mitchells the Chemist (Pvt) Ltd

Umtali

Mitchells the Chemist (Pvt) Ltd was based in Umtali. The chemist provided dispensing, photographic and veterinary services.

Contributors
  • James Gavin

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P Lazarus & Co

P Lazarus & Co

Salisbury

P Lazarus & Co were a house and upholstery furnishing business with their office and showroom on Manica Rd, Salisbury. They were known for the product Sofdown.

The business was later known as Banet & Harris Ltd.

Contributors
  • James Gavin

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Hwange Safari Lodge

Hwange Safari Lodge

Dete

The Hwange Safari Lodge was originally a government-run hotel bordering Hwange National Park built in 1973.

The lodge is two hours drive from Victoria Falls. It is home to the world’s largest population of the African elephant, including the presidential herd, and an abundance of other wildlife including buffalo, lion, leopard and a host of other species. The prolific birdlife is one of the world’s most diverse population of raptors.

The lodge caters for a diverse range of guests from the lone adventurer to couples, groups, families and tour groups. It offers comfort, modern conveniences and an opportunity to experience the real African wild.

The lodge was originally managed by Zimbabwe Sun Ltd, but is now managed by African Sun Ltd.

Postcards

References

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Joan the Florist Ltd

Joan the Florist Ltd

Bulawayo

Joan the Florist Ltd was a florist based in Abercorn St, Bulawayo.

The florist was part of Interflora. The business no longer exists today.

 

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Companhia da Zambezia

Companhia da Zambezia

Lisbon

The Companhia da Zambezia was established on 25 May 1892. The Companhia da Zambézia was the third leasing company of the Portuguese colony of Mozambique. The company concentrated mainly on agriculture and livestock as well as salt. In the agricultural sector, the company operated palm, sisal and maize plantations. However, it was also the largest corporation interested in transportation in Zambesia.

The company occupied the areas of Chire, bordering Nyasaland, and the future Northern Rhodesia, between Zumbo and Luenha. It was born from the merger of the Society of Founders of the Companhia Geral da Zambézia (1880) with the Central Africa and Zouthamberg Exploration Company. The company had no privileges because it was a concessionaire (or lessee).

It explored part of the territories of Zambezia and Tete; it was one of the most extensive companies and subdued the existing companies in Quelimane. The company was a machine for conquering unruly land in the district of Tete and then Quelimane, where they extracted the capitation tax (mussoco) and the workers for agricultural work. With the progress of the “pacification” of the highlands of Quelimane and Angónia, they quickly revealed themselves as reservoirs of labor imported to South Africa and later to São Tomé.

Walker Bros, a Blantyre firm, enjoyed a concession from the company to bring Lomwe, from Mozambique, into the Shire Highlands, with the purpose of hiring them out to transport companies and planters. Between 1900-1903 between 15,000 to 30,000 Lomwe came to the Blantyre and Chiradzulu districts. The company established a branch at Blantyre c.1900 under the General Manager, Louis Winkleman.

People

References

  • An Environmental History of Southern Malawi – Brian Morris

Frederick George Hosking

Frederick George Hosking

1890-1968

Frederick George Hosking was born on 1 January 1890 in Johannesburg, South Africa. On 14 December 1929 he married Olive Mazoe Pascoe. They had two sons, Vincent Frank and Rirchard John.

Hosking was a commission agent and broker in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia under the business name of F G Hosking.

He died 1 December 1968 in Salisbury, Rhodesia.

Contributors
  • Mark Loomis

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MABUKU

MABUKU

The Dutch Reformed Church ran a literature book printing programme with a very successful book distribution network throughout Rhodesia. Part of this network was the book stores named MABUKU (meaning books) which were found through all major cities and towns.

Reference

  • I won’t call you sir!: black journalist’s encounters in white-ruled Rhodesia –Ezekiel C. Makunike 

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Review Co

Review Co

Bulawayo

 

The Review Co. printed one of the earliest news papers in Rhodesia. The printer seems to have originated at 350 Fife St East (c.1894) and later moved to Abercorn Street, Bulawayo (c.1895) and was owned by Captain Charles L Norris-Newman (b.1852) – a war correspondent and journalist for the London Standard and other South African news services.

In Bulawayo, Norris-Newman was a Reuters’ “special commissioner” and ran the Reuters Telegraph Service. On the 28 March 1894, the company printed the Reuters Telegraph Stamps and on 31 March 1894, it printed the Matabeleland News and Mining Record, the second publication in Rhodesia, selling 6d weekly. Originally, the publication had been planned for February, but there were delays in receiving plant (cyclostyle) and material.

In 1895 the publication changed its name to The Rhodesia Weekly of Men, Mines and Money (1894-1895). Between 1895-1898 it became The Rhodesia Weekly: A Review of Men, Mines and Money. The publication was initially one of the strongest of the early Rhodesian newspapers but in 1898 its popularity had started to wane in favour of the Chronicle and the last edition was printed 18 June 1898.

References

  • Periodicals of Queen Victoria’s Empire: An Exploration – Rosemary Van Arsdel, Jerry Don Vann, Rosemary T. Van Arsdel
  • Official Year Book of Southern Rhodesia 1930
  • The Directory of Bulawayo and Handbook to Matabeleland, 1895-1896
  • The Postage Stamps, Envelopes, Wrappers, Post Cards, and Telegraph Stamps of the British Colonies, Possessions and Protectorates in Africa 1906
  • Africana Notes and News: Africana Aantekeninge en Nuus, Volume 18, 1968
  • www.bigsr.co.uk
Contributors
  • Dirk Kind

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Lujeri Estates

Lujeri Estates

Lujeri

The Lujeri Estates is approximately 3,000 hectares of tea estates at the southern base of Mulanje Mountain. J Lyons & Co, under Harry Salmon (head of the tea division), purchased the estate during the 1920’s for £25,000 from Alberto Sabatini. The purchase by foreign buyers was not welcomed by the local community.

A year after the purchase, a small hospital had been established for both Europeans and the native people, three native stores, a European store, and a native school. In addition, the local plantation manager had employed a police squad of ten men to maintain law and order.

After the 1961 Nyasaland elections, it was decided to dispose of the estate and the property was sold to Lyon’s chief competitor, Brooke Bond. It was later acquired by Unilever and in 1996 by PGI Group Ltd.

References

  • www.lujeritea.com
  • Legacy: One Family, a Cup of Tea and the Company that Took On the World – Thomas Harding

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Collins & Croxford

Collins & Croxford

Salisbury

 

Collins & Croxford were an accounting firm based in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia. The partnership was between Samuel Wilson Croxford (1890-1937) and Mr Collins.

In 1921, the Pulbrook & Wright, situated in Manica Chambers, Salisbury, amalgamated with Collins & Croxford. The practice became Pulbrook, Wright, Collins & Co and offices at Bulawayo and Salisbury.

It appears that between 1922-1925 there was some internal disputes over the partnership distributions after Croxford left the firm.

Stationery

References

  • Incorporated Accountants’ Journal, Volume 32 – 1921

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