Harrison & Hughson Ltd

Harrison & Hughson Ltd

Harare

Harrison & Hughson Ltd were an agency in Salisbury, Rhodesia. The company appears to be trading today.

Contributors
  • James Gavin

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Bancroft, Neil & Co Ltd

Bancroft, Neil & Co Ltd

Bulawayo

Bancroft, Neil & Co Ltd was founded in Bulawayo in 1946 as an agricultural business and, in those early years, grew to become the major supplier of stationary engines for borehole pumps and other applications.

As time progressed, the company became a major supplier of polythene and PVC pipes as well as copper and galvanized fittings and parts for use in water engineering. It currently trades as Bancroft & Neil Water and is one of most experienced companies in the field of borehole design, installation, maintenance and related areas.

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Contributors
  • James Gavin

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M H Goldschmidt (Pvt) Ltd

M H Goldschmidt (Pvt) Ltd

Harare/Bulawayo

In 1907 Meyer Hirsch Goldschmidt set out from his hometown of Hamburg, Germany, to proceed to Southern Africa as the sales representative of a Berlin Export Trading House and met with considerable success in the burgeoning demands of the merchants supplying the rapidly expanding mining towns.

The advent of World War I put an end to this operation and MHG (as he was known) was interned along with many other aliens. It was here that he met with an old friend in George Griesbach and Jacob Gerber and thus the post war structure emerged with Gerber and Griesbach setting up in Berlin and Goldschmidt handling the South African distribution – a new and successful venture had been launched.

The post war German recession and the demise of the German Mark affected the business and thus in 1920 the partners decided to seek a wider horizon. MHG exclusively took over the South African business and Gerber and Griesbach maintained the German operation and until Gerber retired.

George Griesbach set up the UK and American business and an associate – Rudy Pollak – who joined their venture, entered the UK business which was formally registered in 1925.  Thus a closely knit international group supporting each other both in their import as well as export trade came into being.  MHG is on record as having received a South African license to represent foreign firms in 1920, thus marking the registered formation of the company.

M.H. Goldschmidt (Pvt) Ltd. was established in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia in 1949 and is one of the oldest trading companies in Zimbabwe. The company’s main activity is the importation, stocking, and wholesale distribution of paper products and industrial spare parts. Products sold in the industrial raw material sector include paperboard, pulp, cellulose and polypropylene film. Additional products sold include the Yamaha range of products such as motorcycles and outboard motors, Stanley Bostitch Pneumatic Tools, Staples and Nails, and NTN Bearings and submersible pumps.

MHG is now a proud member of the International Gerber Goldschmidt Group established in 1920.

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City of Salisbury

City of Salisbury

Rhodesia

On 3rd May, 1935 the Municipality of Salisbury attained City Status. Salisbury was renamed Harare on the second anniversary of Zimbabwe’s independence on 18 April 1982.

Contributors
  • James Gavin
  • Walter Herdzik

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City of Bulawayo

City of Bulawayo

Rhodesia

The municipality of Bulawayo attained city status under Proclamation 21 on the 4th November, 1943. Under the same proclamation, the Municipal Council of Bulawayo became the City Council of Bulawayo.

Contributors
  • James Gavin

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Helga Vera Johns

Helga Vera Johns

Helga Vera Johns was born in Southern Rhodesia and became Miss Rhodesia in 1972. Three years later, in 1975, she was elected Miss South Africa but just a few days before the Miss World competition in London, she was disqualified from taking part because she had not lived in the country she was representing for the required five years.

In 1976, the New Zealand rugby team visited South Africa, which is when All Black forward Alan Sutherland met her. After their marriage early in 1980 they eventually settled near Mooi River in KwaZulu-Natal, where they ran a successful stud farm.

She made her first appearance on the screen (as herself) in Dingetjie & Idi (1977), a film by Dirk de Villiers, and this was followed by ‘n Seder Val in Waterkloof (Franz Marx/1978), Terrorist (Neil Hetherington/1978) and Operation Hit Squad (Tonie van der Merwe & Kathy Viedge/1987).

Along with other beauty queens, she also featured in the television documentary A Salute to Beauty: 40 Years of Miss South Africa (Danie Botha/1999).

The popular “Vera Johns” rose is named after her.

Postcards

Contributors
  • Adrian de Bourbon

Cinderellas: Zimbabwe International Trade Fair – 1994 Africa’s No.1

Zimbabwe International Trade Fair

1994 Africa’s No.1

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Cinderellas: Zimbabwe International Trade Fair – 1989 Africa’s Best Seller

Zimbabwe International Trade Fair

1989 Africa’s Best Seller

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Radio Cards: Air Zimbabwe – Type I

Air Zimbabwe

Type I

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