Belingwe Hotel

Belingwe Hotel

Belingwe

The history of Belingwe Hotel is a little scattered. It goes back to the days of the Matabele Rebellion when miners were called to arms.

It appears that it may have been run at some point by Meikles (Pvt) Ltd as a hotel and in store.

Contributors
  • Rod Kantor

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Craigmore

Craigmore

Melsetter

 

One of the early missionary couples stationed at Chikore were Rev. Thomas and Estelle King of the American Board Mission (ABM), who served at both Chikore Mission and Mt. Selinda Mission between 1908 and 1920.

The Kings retired from ABM in 1920, returning to Southern Rhodesia a year later to live on their farm located near Chikore named Craigmore. It appears the farm was named in honor of Rev. King’s place of birth – Craigmore, County Londonderry, Ireland.

Rev. King opened a store on the farm that he continued to manage until his death in 1947. Farms in Southern Rhodesia had a store for the sale of basic goods, mainly for farm workers and people living nearby. When residents of an area asked for a postal agency, it was invariably established in such a farm store, with a portion of the counter used for postal work.

Postal Services

Originally a postal agency under Umtali and later Chimpinga. Mail service was by runner.

  • 01.06.1925 – Opened as Postal Agency
  • 01.09.1954 – Regraded as a Post & Telegraph Agency
  • 01.12.1966 – Regarded as a Money and Telegraph Office

Postmarks

Postcards: SAPSCO – Series R.200 – Real Photo Type IID

SAPSCO

Series R.200 – Real Photo Type IID

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
R.212Elliptical Temple, the Great Zimbabwe Ruins.12/06/1928

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Postcards: SAPSCO – Series F.00-G – Real Photo Type IVE

SAPSCO

Series F.00-G – Real Photo Type IVE

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
F.22-GGreetings and Good Wishes.

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QSL Cards: ZE1RCC – Radio Society of Rhodesia

Radio Society of Rhodesia

ZE1RCC

Joseph Lazarus

Joseph Lazarus

 

Joseph Lazarus first arrived in Barberton, South Africa during the gold boom from Britain and established J & M Lazarus, with his brother Marucie, in Lourenço Marques, Portuguese East Africa in 1899. Their last advertisement appears in 1907, although their box number is still listed in the 1909 edition. They sold their studio to Sidney Hocking.

Joseph appears to have settled in Bulawayo, Rhodesia. A number of philatelic covers exist bearing his name.

References

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V M Day

V M Day

Bulawayo

V. M. Day came to Bulawayo in 1910 to work for Lennon Ltd. In March 1919, he commenced his own business and gradually built it up, branching out into a number of locations.

Due to the Great Depression conditions in Rhodesia, he sold the business back to Lennon Ltd in 1931.

References

  • The Chemist and Druggist, April 1931

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Atlas Copco Southern Rhodesia (Pvt) Ltd

Atlas Copco Southern Rhodesia (Pvt) Ltd

Bulawayo

Atlas Copco (Compagnie Pneumatique Commerciale) is a Swedish industrial company that was founded in 1873. It is a global industrial group of companies headquartered in Nacka, Sweden. In 2017, global revenues totaled SEK 86 billion, and by the end of that year the company employed about 34,000 people. The company manufactures products at about 100 production sites in more than 20 countries.

In 1952, it established itself in Southern Rhodesia under the management of Peter Wallenberg (later Honorary Chair of Atlas Copco).

Atlas Copco companies develop, manufacture, service, and rent industrial tools, air compressors (of which it is the world’s leading producer), construction and assembly systems. The Group operates in four areas: Compressor Technique, Vacuum Technique, Construction Technique and Industrial Technique

References

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  • Walter Herdzik

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A. B. C. Railway Guide

A. B. C. Railway Guide

Bulawayo

The original ABC Alphabetical Railway Guide was first published in 1853, and was probably the most significant competitor to the more well known Bradshaw’s. Unlike Bradshaw’s, which disappeared from Britain’s railway stations at around the same time as steam trains, the ABC Railway Guide persisted into the 21st century after being renamed firstly to the ABC Rail Guide and finally as the OAG Rail Guide.

OAG finally ceased publication of the OAG Rail Guide in 2007, but the title was picked up by Ian Allen Publications for a new series of books by Colin Marsden starting with the abc Rail Guide 2010. Unlike the previous versions, the abc Rail Guides (with a lower case ‘abc’) do not contain timetable and travel information; instead, they are aimed at the rail enthusiast and, as the publisher blurb puts it, are “designed to guide railway enthusiasts through the pitfalls of spotting, and to provide tips on how to make the most of this popular hobby.”

References

Contributors
  • Walter Herdzik

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