Ohlsson’s Cape Breweries Ltd

Ohlsson’s Cape Breweries Ltd

Bulawayo

Anders Ohlsson was born near Christiania, Norway, in 1841, and at the age of twenty-three he sailed for South Africa, where he started up business as an importer of Swedish goods before branching out as a trader in Damaraland in partnership with A W Erikkson.

On 5 January 1881 Ohlsson purchased from David Iredale, a miller, “ground called ‘Anneberg’, Palmboom, Rondebosch”, and it is believed he built a brewery at Anneberg immediately after obtaining possession called “A Ohlsson and Co, Millers, Brewers, Anneberg Brewery, Newlands”. On 12 February 1896 Ohlsson acquired Mariendahl, so that he then owned all the Newlands breweries, which were floated as a limited company under the style of Ohlsson’s Cape Breweries, Ltd.

In 1955, the South African government introduced a heavy tax on beer products causing many consumers to switch to spirits. However, the subsequent shock to the South African beer industry proved to be a blessing in disguise for SAB. In 1956, Castle Brewing purchased the Ohlsson’s and Chandlers Union breweries, and the group was renamed South African Breweries.

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Grey’s Inn

Grey’s Inn

Bulawayo

Grey’s Inn was located in Bulawayo, Rhodesia.

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Maison Lentin Ltd

Maison Lentin Ltd

Kitwe

 

Maison Lentin Ltd (Lentin Jewellers) was a jeweller, watchmaker, engraver and optician. During the 1960’s they were the sole agent in the Copperbelt for Omega, Monarch and Coronet watches.

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Vacuum Oil Company of South Africa Ltd

Vacuum Oil Company of South Africa Ltd

Vacuum Oil was founded in 1866 by Matthew Ewing and Hiram Bond Everest, of Rochester, New York. Lubrication oil was an accidental discovery while attempting to distil kerosene. Everest noted the residue from the extraction was suitable as a lubricant. Soon after, the product became popular for use in steam engines and internal-combustion engines. Ewing sold his interest to Everest, who carried on the company. Vacuum was bought by Standard Oil in 1879.

It originated the Mobil trademark in 1899. When Standard Oil was broken up in 1911 due to the Sherman Antitrust Act, Vacuum became an independent company again. Vacuum Oil and Standard Oil of New York (Socony) merged in 1931, after the government gave up attempts to prevent it. The newly-combined entity, Socony-Vacuum Corp., was the world’s third-largest oil company.

In 1955, the company became Socony Mobil Oil Company. In 1966, it was renamed Mobil Oil Corporation, later shortened to Mobil Corporation

In 1881, German immigrant Johann Gottlieb Schade introduces Vacuum Oil products to South Africa and by 1897, Vacuum Oil, backed by J.D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company, opened a branch in Cape Town to service Southern Africa. Joint ownership of the Standard-Vacuum Oil Company is brought to an end in 1960. Vacuum’s international interests are transferred to the Mobil Petroleum Company and the Standard Oil business is transferred to Esso Standard Eastern. In South Africa the company was renamed Mobil.

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Rhodes Inyanga Hotel

Rhodes Inyanga Hotel

Rusape

Rhodes Inyanga Hotel was originally built as a holiday cottage in the 1800’s by Cecil John Rhodes.  Rhodes’s bought the old Fotheringhame’s homestead on Fruitfield Farm in 1896.  “Mr Rhodes built himself a retreat; and this was always his solitude where he preferred to think out his great schemes.”

In 1918 the Estate at Nyanga was delegated to the Department of Agriculture. Later still it was decided that the orchards should be leased from the Estate by the Ministry of Agriculture and run as a Horticultural Experiment Station.  Other parts of the Estate are leased to the Forestry Commission and The Wattle Company, and farming operations were carried on until 1933.

In that year it was decided to develop the area as a tourist resort. Rest camps were erected at various beauty spots and roads were built so that tourists could visit the different sites on the Estates. The original homestead on the Estate was modernized to form the present Rhodes Nyanga Hotel in 1933, about three decades after his death.

 

It is currently known as the Rhodes Nyanga Hotel and continues to operate.

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Southern Sun Hotel Corporation (Pty) Ltd

Southern Sun Hotel Corporation (Pty) Ltd

Salisbury

In 1969 South African Breweries Ltd formed the Southern Sun Hotel Corporation (Pty) Ltd. The subsidiary operated a number of hotels throughout Southern Africa including the South African Breweries’ Transito Hotels.

The central booking office was based in Salisbury, Rhodesia.

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Southern Sun Hotel Corporation (Pty) Ltd: Meikle’s Hotel

Southern Sun Hotel Corporation (Pty) Ltd

Meikle’s Hotel

 

Globe Agencies & Distributors Co

Globe Agencies & Distributors Co

Salisbury

Globe Agencies & Distributors Co was a textile distributor and agent in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia.

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Henderson & Marsh Safaris

Henderson & Marsh Safaris

Salisbury

 

The Henderson brothers started a safari company in Botswana where sport hunting for profit was legal. In 1967 sport hunting on a gaming ranch permit became legal in Rhodesia. The Henderson’s decided to move their safari operations to Rhodesia.

Brian Marsh (1928-2014) began his safari tradition in 1968, at one time having a concession of 900,000 acres to hunt. Previously he shot crocodiles for a living, then moved on to game cropping, then the big five, gaining knowledge with every shot and every client. He associated with all of the major and minor hunters of that era, John Taylor, Charles Askins, Jack O’Connor, Alan and Ian Henderson, Eric Rundgren, Peter Capstick, Harry Manners, and lords, ladies, barons, the wealthy and priviledged, and working class sportsmen from around the world.

The Henderson’s and Marsh teamed up to become Henderson & Marsh Safaris – the largest safari company in the country.

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Laurence & Cope: Salisbury

Laurence & Cope

Salisbury

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