Runyararo, meaning ‘The Place of Peace’ was based in the native Zimbabwean township of Harari, Salisbury and was focused on helping native women and children. It was founded in 1947 by Barbara Tredgold (1905-?), an Anglican ‘missionary’, although had begun as early as 1946. Barbara was the sister of Sir Robert Tredgold, the then Chief Justice of Southern Rhodesia.
Barbara was instrumental in establishing Runyararo Hostel, the only shelter for young rural African women who had found employment in Salisbury. She was the leader of Runyararo Community. Apart from her primary role at Runyararo, she was also involved in a myriad of activities and projects aimed at women empowerment.
In December 1949, St Michael’s Mission was moved to Runyararo. The new St Michael’s Church was a present of Barbara’s young cousin, Diana Livingstone.
In 1952 the St Nicholas Nursery School began. The nursery school comprised of 200 children of working mothers. Barbara had other responsibilities at St. Michael’s parish that included helping in the church and mission activities, ‘particularly in training the Africans to take charge.’
Apart from St. Michael’s church, Barbara played a critical role in introducing the Red Cross Society to Harare Township. She was eventually granted an M.B.E. for her work.
No known postal services existed in the township. Mail is shown to have been managed by Salisbury.
Profiles of Rhodesia’s Women 1976
The Glory of the Tasks: Talks of Barbara Tedgold – Mazhero
The Bulawayo Club was founded in 1895. Three buildings existed prior to the current day building. In 1935, the current building was erected: the foundation stone was laid the Prince George during his 1934 Royal Tour.
Like other similar establishments in other ex-colonies, the Club was established as a social hub for officers of the armed forces and other gentlemen. Ladies were allowed in once or twice a year on special occasions, provided they enter through the side door.
In 2009 the Bulawayo Club was converted into a hotel with efforts to restore it to its past glory. Then, in about 2012, the members unexpectedly took management of the property back.
In 1982, Zimbabwe hosted ZIMFARI 82′ in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of world Scouting. It was an international camp with Guides and Scouts coming from all over the world. The camp was held in various different places all over the country.
Among the countries represented were Canada, England, Finland, France, India, Israel, Kenya, Libya, N.Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland, Venezuela, Wales and Zimbabwe. The International Contingents were able to see Harare, Inyanga, Mutare, Great Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls.