Louisa Ryall, whose husband worked for the Nyasaland Volunteer Reserve as builder and contractor, responded to an advertisement appearing in the Nyasaland Times in 1919 requesting the need for hotel accommodation in Nyasaland. Louisa had already established the Limbe Hotelin 1914.
Ryall converted one of the buildings that used to be a concentration camp during the First World War as the first premise for a hotel in Blantyre. The building later became Nash’s Hotel, a family business owned by Mr Nash.
After the death of her husband, Francis Ryall, she married the manager of her Limbe Hotel, John Stratton. They built a new establishment, Ryall’s Blantyre Hotel, which opened in 1922.
The business is now known as Protea Hotel Blantyre Ryalls. It is the longest established hotel in Malawi.
The Universal Postal Union (UPU) is a specialised agency of the United Nations (UN), established in 1947, that regulates international mail services with its headquarters at Bern, Switzerland.
Established in 1875 following adoption of the Universal Postal Convention, it is one of the oldest extant international governmental organisations. The Universal Postal Congress, the governing body, usually meets every four years to discuss and adopt a world postal strategy and consider the activities of the executive council, whose 40 members are elected on a geographical basis and meet yearly.
The UPU consists of:
The Council of Administration (CA)
The Postal Operations Council (POC)
The International Bureau (IB)
Countries that belong to the union form a unified postal territory with easy international exchange of mail. The union also provides technical assistance and advice in attempts to improve postal service, especially in developing countries. It facilitates the development of the contemporary postal network which, in addition to the traditional delivery of mail, also includes electronic and financial services. The UPU has 192 member nations.
Monfort Press was established in 1957 in Thyolo by the Montfort Fathers to multiply their missionary efforts to print explanations of the catechism, to print a bible commentary with explanations to actual life, and print a magazine with how their teachings applied to life.
In 1961, after years of using second-hand printing devices which did not work on arrival, the press moved to new premises in Limbe. As part of its effort to manage budget, the press undertook a number of commercial activities. Popular Publications became one its subsidiaries.