Universities’ Mission to Central Africa
Nyasaland Diocese I
In this variation, S.W.1 has been added to the address if Type I.
|No.s||Description||Earliest PMK Date
|N/A||Boys' School, Mponda's.||
|N/A||Bringing Fowls for Sale, Mponda's.||
|N/A||Hearers Class at Mangoche.||28/07/1912
|N/A||The Upper Shire River.||
|N/A||Washing Clothes at Mpondas.||
First Day Covers – Nyasaland
1953 – Coronation
1949 – 75th Anniversary of the U.P.U.
First Day Covers
These First Day Covers were intended for use for Southern Rhodesia issues but are used for Nyasaland or Northern Rhodesian issues.
First Day Covers
International Red Locust Control Service
IRLCS Headquarters, Abercorn.
The International Red Locust Control Service (IRLCS) was established by an international convention on 22nd February, 1949. The formation of IRLCS was partly a result of nearly 15 years’ work to identify sources of Red Locust (Nomadacris septemfasciata Serville) plagues and to prevent their re-occurrence.
A plague of Red Locusts, which started in 1929 and ended in 1944, had affected most of Africa south of the equator and some areas further north. For the organisation to achieve its objectives, its strategy was first to identify the source of the plague and then to control hopper bands and incipient swarms.
For more than 40 years this strategy was effective. Consequently, the organisation expanded its mandate to include the management of other migratory pests, viz. African Armyworm, Spodoptera exempta, and quelea birds, Quelea quelea. The organisation was superseded International Red Locust Control Organization for Central and Southern Africa (IRLCO-CSA) on Sept 14th, 1970.
R. W. Gunson (Seeds) Ltd
In 1881, William Gunson left Hungary as a refugee for New Zealand where he founded W. Gunson & Co – a seed-grain and produce business. William Gunson died in 1902 and the business was taken over by his son James Henry Gunson (Mayor of Auckland). William’s other son, Robert Withers Gunson (b.1885) also worked for W. Gunson & Co but left Wellington, New Zealand in 1920 to start his own seed business in England. This firm became known as R. W. Gunson (Seeds) Ltd. In 1938, the business merged with Beno Balint & Sons Ltd.
In 1945 R. W. Gunson (Exports) Ltd was incorporated and opened a branch in Limbe, Nyasaland where it traded as R. W. Gunson Seeds & Exports Ltd. This was eventually closed in 1970 and the company later dissolved.
In 1947, Gunson invented SORTEX – an optical sorting machine. In 1955, due to the success of the invention, a separate SORTEX division was created which was acquired by Buhler in 1994. The business currently trades as Buhler SORTEX.
- The History of Essex Seeds – Elinor M.C. Roper