John Thomas Gosling

John Thomas Gosling

 

John Thomas Gosling became acting Postmaster General of British Central Africa on 29th July, 1897, succeeding Edward Alston on 28th September, 1898. He received his training from the Imperial Post Office.

Gosling was a specialist Postal Officer and helped speed up internal mails, partly by a system of nightly postal runners. By 1899, over 300 mail bags a month were being carried by the postal runners, covering 10,000 miles a month (with 3,000 miles conducted at night).

He also introduced a number of new postal services, opened up new post offices and introduced the first annual postal guide. In 1897 stocks of 1d stamps were near exhausted. Three shilling stamps were overprinted to assist. However, in 1898 Gosling designed and printed his own stamps known as ‘cheque stamps’.

He remained in office until 9th April, 1904 at which time he was transferred to East Africa and Uganda Protectorate.

References

  • The Society of Malawi Journal Vol. 24, No. 2 (July, 1971)
  • The Society of Malawi Journal Vol. 29, No. 2 (July, 1976)
  • East Africa (British) Its History, People, Commerce, Industries and Resources.
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  • Peter Gorton

Betty (Mason) Wolfe

Betty (Mason) Wolfe

 

Betty Mason grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  She attended Biola University, an evangelical Christian university outside Los Angeles, California and then studied nursing at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana.

Beginning 1951, Mason served as a nurse with The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) at the Msengedzi Mission in Southern Rhodesia.  While there, she met South African John Wolfe. They were married December 11, 1954. They would go on to serve together in Southern Rhodesia/Rhodesia for the next 25 years.

References

  • Ordinary People in God’s Hands – Diane Powell Hawkins
Contributors
  • Mark Loomis

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Wilfrid John Leslie

Wilfrid John Leslie

1890-1952

Wilfrid John Leslie was born in Arbroath, Angus, Scotland in 1890. He was educated at Watson’s College, Edinburgh, as a chartered accountant. Prior to World War I, he went to the oil fields of Mexico. At the outbreak of war, he joined the Black Watch as one of Kitchener’s First Hundred Thousand and found in France in June, 1915 where, in September, he was severely wounded.After the war, he went to Nyasaland with The Imperial Tobacco Company.

A few later, he left the business to start as an auditor. He then founded Naperi Farm where he started with dairy and pigs and later expanded into a butchery and bakery. He was a pioneer in the ghee industry and in the export of dried fish from Lake Nyasa.

He was also a keen member of the Nyasaland Chamber of Commerce, and served for many years as a member of the Blantyre Town Council. During World War II he was second in command of the Blantyre Platoon of the Nyasaland Deference Force.

Leslie was an active man with a keen interest in sport. In 1948 he established The Leslie Sevens – an annual seven-a-side rugby tournament held at Blantyre Sports Club. He married in 1951. He was also a member of the Rotary Club of Blantyre.

He died 23rd April, 1952.

References

Contributors
  • James Gavin

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Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

1932-2011

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor DBE (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) was a British-American actress, businesswoman, and humanitarian. She began her career as a child actress in the early 1940s, and was one of the most popular stars of classical Hollywood cinema in the 1950s. She continued her career successfully into the 1960s, and remained a well-known public figure for the rest of her life. In 1999, the American Film Institute named her the seventh-greatest female screen legend.

Born in London to wealthy, socially prominent American parents, Taylor moved with her family to Los Angeles in 1939, and she was soon given a film contract by Universal Pictures. in 1944 she had her breakthrough role in National Velvet (1944), becoming one of the studio’s most popular teenaged stars. She made the transition to adult roles in the early 1950s, when she starred in the comedy Father of the Bride (1950) and received critical acclaim for her performance in the drama A Place in the Sun (1951). She went onto star roles in Giant (1956), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), and Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) and BUtterfield 8 (1960).

Taylor was paid a then-record-breaking $1 million to play the title role in the historical epic Cleopatra (1963). During the filming, Taylor and co-star Richard Burton began an extramarital affair and were married in 1964. Dubbed “Liz and Dick” by the media, they starred in 11 films together, including The V.I.P.s (1963), The Sandpiper (1965), The Taming of the Shrew (1967), and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966).

Taylor’s acting career began to decline in the late 1960s, although she continued starring in films until the mid-1970s. In the 1980s, she acted in her first substantial stage roles and in several television films and series, and became the first celebrity to launch a perfume brand. Taylor was also one of the first celebrities to take part in HIV/AIDS activism, co-founding the American Foundation for AIDS Research in 1985, and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991.

After many years of ill health, Taylor died from congestive heart failure in 2011, at the age of 79.

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Albert Pinkow

Albert Pinkow

1888-1961

Albert Pinkow was a Hungarian Jew born in 1888. He was a stamp dealer in Bulawayo. A range of covers were produced by Pinkow from the Southern Rhodesia 1935 Silver Jubilee issue and annotated with the sheet number the stamps came from. Covers also show he may have owned a fruit store in Bulawayo.

He died 11th March, 1961 due to complications from bronchitis.

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Ernest Matthews Channing-Renton

Ernest Matthews Channing-Renton

1895-1976

 

Captain Ernest Channing was born in England in 1895. He fought in World War I with with 1/5th DCLI from June 1916 until wounded in attack at Foret de Nieppe in May 1918. He also served Ancre, Somme, Ypres &c. He was also a British vice-consul.

He was an author of autobiographical works and fiction for children as well as an artist in oils, water-colour, Indian ink & charcoal. In 1920 he wrote a book called Subaltern in the Field, followed by Jesus College, Cambridge, in Black and White in 1921, With the Cornwall Territorials on the Western Front in 1922, History of the 1st D.C.L.I., 1914. Compiled from official records and other sources in 1923, and Letters from Bohemian in 1939. He did not continue writing again until the late 1970’s. During his writing, his surname changed from E C Matthews to E M Channing-Renton.

He died 27th December, 1976 due to complications arising from gas poisoning during his service in World War I.

References

  • Writers Directory 1980-1982

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John Lewis Childs

John Lewis Childs

1856 – 1921

John Lewis Childs (May 13, 1856 – March 6, 1921) was a horticultural businessman and politician who founded Floral Park, New York. In addition to a widespread reputation for being a zealous ornithologist, Childs is also credited with founding the first seed catalog business in the United States.

Within five years of building his own seed and bulb business and starting America’s first seed catalog business, Childs established a bustling business. The volume of his business is attributed with the expansion of the Floral Park Post Office and nearby village businesses.

Additionally, Childs was responsible for building more than 20 buildings in Floral Park, including hotels, lumber mills and his own printing press. He also provided a public park for the community, built the first school in town, and served as the first village president, which later became the office of mayor.

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  • James Gavin

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William George Morsman

William George Morsman

(1859-1934)

 

William George Morsman was born in 1859 in England. He was married to Fanny D’Urban  Morsman (b.1861) and had five children. His occupation was a bookkeeper.

He ran as a candidate for the Rhodesia Labour Party for Bulawayo in the 1924 Southern Rhodesia General Election. In 1931 it appears he declared bankruptcy. After suffering for three years of cancer, he passed away on 23rd November, 1934. Fanny passed away on 18th February, 1939 due to pneumonia.

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Henry Louis Dalton

Henry Louis Dalton

1876-1925

 

Henry Louis Dalton was born in 1876. He appears to have come from South Africa and, at the time of his death, worked at the Mica King Mine as a miner. Prior to his death, he became bankrupt.

He died 25th August, 1925 at Sinoia Hospital of malaria and pneumonia. He was a widower at the time of his death.

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References

  • familysearch.org (death certificate)

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Helga Vera Johns

Helga Vera Johns

Helga Vera Johns was born in Southern Rhodesia and became Miss Rhodesia in 1972. Three years later, in 1975, she was elected Miss South Africa but just a few days before the Miss World competition in London, she was disqualified from taking part because she had not lived in the country she was representing for the required five years.

In 1976, the New Zealand rugby team visited South Africa, which is when All Black forward Alan Sutherland met her. After their marriage early in 1980 they eventually settled near Mooi River in KwaZulu-Natal, where they ran a successful stud farm.

She made her first appearance on the screen (as herself) in Dingetjie & Idi (1977), a film by Dirk de Villiers, and this was followed by ‘n Seder Val in Waterkloof (Franz Marx/1978), Terrorist (Neil Hetherington/1978) and Operation Hit Squad (Tonie van der Merwe & Kathy Viedge/1987).

Along with other beauty queens, she also featured in the television documentary A Salute to Beauty: 40 Years of Miss South Africa (Danie Botha/1999).

The popular “Vera Johns” rose is named after her.

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  • Adrian de Bourbon
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