Halls Garage

Halls Garage


Hall’s Holdings Limited was established by Aubrey Victoria Hall (d.1955). Hall arrived in Nyasaland from Great Britain in 1923 in the service of the Central African Transport Company. Ten years later, he opened Hall’s Garage, which sold and serviced cars; this business developed into a larger enterprise, Hall’s Holding Ltd., which, by the late 1960s, had branches in the central and northern regions of Malawi.

A prominent member of the European settler community in Nyasaland and a founding member of the Nyasaland Society (now the Society of Malawi), Aubrey Hall served as Mayor of Blantyre, President of the Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Nyasaland Society for the Blind, President of the Blantyre Sports Club, and President of the Nyasaland Golf Union.


  • Historical Dictionary of Malawi – Owen J. M. Kalinga
  • James Gavin


Seventh-Day Adventist Church: South-East African Union Mission Field

Seventh-Day Adventist Church

South-East African Union Mission Field

The South-East African Union Mission Field was organised in 1925. The territory covered the Nyasaland, Portuguese East Africa north of latitude 22, and North-East Rhodesia east of meridian 22.



Seventh-Day Adventist Church: Mwami Mission Station

Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Mwami Mission Station

The Mwami Mission Station was purchased by the Seventh-Day Adventists in 1925. Located 30km southeast of Chipata in the Eastern Province of Zambia and just 8km west of the Malawi-Zambia border, the mission was created to serve the people across that region. In 1927, a hospital with established at the station.

In 1962, the Mwami School of Nursing was established. It continues to operate today, training both young men and women to serve as qualified Zambian Enrolled Nurses across the country. An eye surgery centre at the mission saw its first patients in 1985, a service that is still provided to the community.




Seventh-Day Adventist Church: Mwami Mission Station – Mwami Hospital

Mwami Mission Station

Mwami Hospital

In 1927, Dr E G Marcus established a rudimentary hospital at Mwami Mission Station. When Dr Marcus arrived, there was no infrastructure and many of the native Zambians wanted little to do with mission considering it ‘white man’s magic’. Attitudes changed when a small boy who was severely burnt was brought to the hospital and recovered. After this, attitudes towards the hospital started to change.

Initially, the hospital included a special treatment centre for those suffering from leprosy. After the first three patients arrived, another fifty arrived nearly 3 month later. Services included removing teeth and within six months of operation, Dr Marcus removed the first cataract.

Money was provided by The British Empire Leprosy Relief Association to erect buildings and huts, with some money also being used to equip the dispensary and ward. Mrs Jewell acted as a nurse.

The hospital continues today.



1953 – Central African Rhodes Centenary Exhibition

Central African Rhodes Centenary Exhibition

30 May – 29 August 1953

The Central African Rhodes Centenary Exhibition was held at Bulawayo Park and was opened during the 1953 Royal Tour by Her Majesty by the Queen Mother. The exhibition was held to celebrate the birth Cecil J Rhodes.

The exhibition was a vast panorama of the peoples and culture of the African continent. There were a number of national pavilions of the countries which had an interest in Africa and of the many British, French, Belgian and Portuguese territories. In the pavilions were exhibits of primary industries and the exporting of raw materials including gold, iron, coal, diamonds, copper.

The B.S.A.C. displayed its vast holdings in industry and agriculture; transport was represented by various national railways and airlines and a reconstructed African village pictured the dwellings, music and dance, the arts and crafts of the indigenous peoples.



Commemorative Covers


Stamp Issues

The stamps issued below were available at each of the country’s pavilions. The stamps were only valid in their respective country except for mail posted at the Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland pavilions.


  • Journal of the Rhodesian Study Circle No.19

Postcards: Universities’ Mission to Central Africa – Series 2

Universities’ Mission to Central Africa

Series 2

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
N/A- View of Likoma Island
- Sunday at Likoma
- Pro-Cathedral at Likoma
- Ulisa, a Village on Likoma Island


1933 – First Regular Mail Service to Singapore (To Malay States)

First Regular Mail Service to Singapore

To Malay States


Limbe to Malay States

1931 – Christmas Mail Experimental Flight (From Zomba to England)

Christmas Mail Experimental Flight

From Zomba to England


Zomba to England

The Boys’ Brigade

The Boys’ Brigade

The Boys’ Brigade (BB) is an international interdenominational Christian youth organisation, conceived by Sir William Alexander Smith and Chester to combine drill and fun activities with Christian values. Following its inception in Glasgow in 1883 The Boys’ Brigade quickly spread across the United Kingdom, becoming a worldwide organisation by the early 1890s. As of 2018, there were 750,000 Boys’ Brigade members in 60 countries.

The Boys’ Brigade has branches in Malawi (est.1910), Zambia (est.1957) and Zimbabwe (est.1948).


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