Rhokana Corporation Ltd

Rhokana Corporation Ltd

Kitwe

 

In March 1931, the Rhodesian branch of the Anglo-American Company changed its name to Rhokana Corporation Ltd. They established the Rhokana Corporation to manage
Nkana mine.

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Bulawayo Public Library

Bulawayo Public Library

Bulawayo

The Bulawayo Public Library was founded 1896 when the European settlers established public libraries to cater for their information, recreational, educational and cultural needs. A twelve man library Committee was chosen to run the facility and their major role was to fundraise for the library.

A foundation stone of the 8th Avenue /Fort Street site was laid on the 5th of November 1897 by Lord Milner during his visit for the opening of the Railway. In 1902 the library also house The Rhodesia Museum.

Since its establishment the library has remained popular to many readers in the city of Bulawayo and the whole of the Southern Region. The services that this library provides are largely as a result of enthusiasm and energy given over many years by the committees,librarians as well as staff members. The institution is registered in terms of the welfare Organizations Act (Chapter 93).

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Leopard Rock Hotel

Leopard Rock Hotel

Vumba

Leopard Rock Hotel was built and opened by the Seymour-Smiths in 1946. The Seymour-Smiths were a well-known local family who decided after the Second World War that a need existed for a holiday hotel at the top of the Bvumba Mountains.

When opened, the hotel offered accommodation for up to 40 guests, reached by travelling up a gravel road which climbed hundreds of metres from Umtali and wound through the mountainsides. A simple but amusing nine-hole golf course was built on the hotel’s estate and the hotel promoted itself as a venue for people who enjoyed the invigorating climate and communing with nature.

As part of the 1953 Royal Tour, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret stayed at the hotel and were so taken with the hotel and its spectacular surroundings that she was inspired to pen these words for posterity; “There is nowhere more beautiful in Africa.”

Leopard Rock Hotel was then purchased by the Taberer family in the 1990s and a major expansion project was undertaken, which saw the construction of a new bedroom block –increasing the number of available rooms and suites to accommodate 120 guests. The hotel is now owned and operated by Cambria Africa plc previously Lonzim.’

In 2011 and 2012, the hotel was named Best Resort Hotel in Zimbabwe by the Association of Zimbabwean Travel Agents in their respected annual awards event. In 2013, CNN Travel named the Leopard Rock golf course one of Africa’s 10 best golf courses.

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Postcards: Real Photo Cards – Type 0PC4A

Real Photo Cards

Type 0PC4A

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
N/AAfrican Dhow, Lake Nyasa05/05/1963
N/AConference of the Shire...
N/AFloods at Kariba during instruction 1958.
N/AMight Lake Kariba.
N/ARescue Work as Dam Waters Rise.
N/ARyalls Hotel...17/08/1961

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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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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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Rhodesia Sugar Refinery Ltd

Rhodesia Sugar Refinery Ltd

The 1930’s saw expansion of cane growing areas by the Rhodesian government. In 1935, with partnership with private interests, the Rhodesia Sugar Refinery Ltd was established at Bulawayo by Sena Sugar. In 1936 a refinery was established in Bulawayo to supply sugar requirements of Southern and Northern Rhodesia and a portion of Bechuanaland. In 1950 work began on a refinery in Salisbury.

UK sugar refiner, Tate and Lyle, started a plantation in 1953 at Chirundu (Chirindu Sugar Estate), on the south bank of the Zambezi, and in May 1960 they opened a new refinery at Ndola. The company then took over Rhodesia Sugar Refineries.

In 1961, they began construction of a new mill south of Fort Victoria as part of the Triangle Sugar Estate, and a new mill at Hippo Valley Estate.

Refineries

  • Bulawayo
  • Ndola
  • Salisbury

References

Contributors
  • James Gavin

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Lawrence Waugh & Co

Lawrence Waugh & Co

Salisbury

Lawrence Waugh & Co were stockbrokers based in Salisbury.

Contributors
  • James Gavin

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Methodist Episcopal Church: Old Umtali Mission – Fairfield Girls School

Old Umtali Mission

Fairfield Girls School

The Methodist Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society (WFMS) opened the Fairfield Girl’s School at Old Umtali Mission (Old Mutare) in 1902 with just one pupil. By 1905, enrollment had increased to 45.  Education consisted of academics in the morning and “industrial work” (home economics/vocational training) consisting of sewing, house work, cooking, laundry and gardening.

In 1910, the school was divided into two departments.  Miss Sophia J. Coffin was in charge of academic classes while Miss Emma D. Nourse oversaw the industrial department. Religious instruction was also provided.  Enrolled grew to 67 as of 1911. Grace Clark joined the staff in 1912, teaching girls sewing and “laundry work.”  Girls were also trained in child care by helping at the Old Umtali orphanage.  In 1938, the school had four WFMS teachers and six native teachers in charge of 219 students (lower and higher primary).  131 of those were boarding students.

Other WFMS missionaries at Fairfield Girls School included Stella Hess (arriving 1915); Fanne Quinton (as of 1917); nurse Bjorklund (as of 1919 began training girls from the girls’ school in hygiene, in addition to her work at the Old Umtali dispensary); Oril Penney (as of 1929); and Jessie Pfaff and H. Wildermth (prior to 1931).

The Fairfield Girl’s School was still in operation as of 1954.  At some point thereafter, the girls school appears to have been integrated with the boy’s school to form a co-educational facility.  As of today, the Old Mutare orphanage, which began as a separate ministry, is known as the Fairfield Children’s Center

Reference

  • A History of Christian Missions in Zimbabwe, 1890-1939 – C.J.M. Zvobgo
Contributors
  • Mark Loomis

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