Members Workshop: Tom Lee
Little is known of Tom Lee and the only potential photo of him is above. The photo shows a T. D. Lee standing in from of the Administrator’s Office in Kalomo, 1906.
Ow ya baas, miningi sterrig mangi, inrona umfaans.
Just changing it to see if it is the correct address. I could not distinctly remember it & thought in case your letter was delayed in transit after redirection it would be as well to my old you have some token of remembrance. So here is the old old sincere wish Nance honest xx given this Xmas to you, served with a brandy cola on a hot plate of ice from your ever loving brother Tom.
← Behind here where I hang out.
Dearest Sis. Did you remember I had another birthday. I’m all well etc. but miningi mange. Best love from Tom.
You bet! I remember Bank Holiday 1901. “Are we nearly there… What price the haystacks. Tom.
Dear Vi, Don’t think because I am sending you 5 p.p.c’s this mail that I’m getting reckless in my old age because I am but as our salary falls due tomorrow I can stand the strain the expenditure will ****. Don’t be astonished tho’ if you get no more for a week.
akee bona inkoosikaas. Another for your collection. Tom.
Dearest Sister, Just a note this week but its better than none. Got your card safe. I’m wee fit and lively as a cricket. You’ll get all the news from Tib (?) as I’ve sent her the usual. Best love from Tom.
PO Box 195 Salisbury belonged to the De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd.
My dear Vie, I’m starting a series of pictorials for you of the Victoria Falls etc. and will send them over in instalments of not less than one each mail. This view shows the Boiling Pot and Rainbow but as it was my first attempt on cards I’m afraid it was kept too long in the coater. The others however are not so bad. Hope you are having good health and lots of fun. I expect a letter from you this week. Best regards, Tom.
Dear Vida, Is this anything like Ashington. Its the Wankie Coalfields – the only coalfields in Rhodesia. Runs about £3 10/- per ton landed at Salisbury. Anything like Ashington!!!!!! Its very unhealthy in the wet season. Miningi fever. Yours Tom.
The railway from Bulawayo to Wankie Coalfields was completed September 21st, 1903. On April 25, 1904 it was extended to Victoria Falls.
Have sent off letter by same mail. This is taken out at a small mine. The boys are all Shangaanis, miningi intombis, picannins fools.
Just arrived here on way up. Having ripping ****. Leave tonight for Kalomo. Yrs Loales.
Arrived here safely. This is the sort of transport I came thro’ from the falls with. Had ripping time. Will write next mail. Took six days to trek about 100 miles. Lively eh!! Don’t be afraid to let me have along “sooner than soonest” soon. Tom.
Averages about the same as the alnwick-Cornhill branch.
Dear Vida, This is the way you will travel when you come across to spend that weeks holiday at the Falls etc. What do you think of the idea. Yrs Tom.
To let you see what the Falls are like in full water at the end of the rainy season.
Try and get that hepple address I asked you about early. “Keerimeke mange
kachema” Newtonards Derry or Mount Stewart!!!!!!!
Mount Stewart is a 19th-century house and gardens a few miles outside the town of Newtonards in Northern Ireland. The owner of the house was the Marquesses of Londonderry.
Dearest Sister, How are we. I’m keeping well and still keeping in touch with Tib and one or two others. Have you had this view for your collection before. The Cape-Cairo Railway is only three miles off now. Best of love and greetings. Yours afftnly, Tom.
The railway arrived in Northern Rhodesia in June 1905, when the 150 km long Livingstone–Kalomo line was built in advance of completion in September of that year of the Victoria Falls Bridge from the then Southern Rhodesia to Livingstone. The first wagons on the line were hauled by oxen, then a single locomotive was conveyed in pieces by cableway across the gorge where the bridge was being built to start up operations to Kalomo in advance of the main line connection.
Zambesi Regatta June 05.
EAST LONDON CREW
WINNERS OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
K/O Yours ever, Tom
I am down at Livingstone. What do you think of this view! Yrs Tom.
Back to Kalomo once more. Fil. Got your card safely. Yours Tom.
Dear Johnnie, This will show you one of the crews who took part in a boat race on the Zambezi, one of the largest rivers in the world. Uncle Tom.
The first Zambezi Regatta was held on 13th June 1905 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary year of Livingstone’s first arrival at the Falls and the construction of the Bridge. The regatta was the highlight to three days of sporting events and celebrations aimed at promoting the accessibility of the Falls to the wider world.
Dearest Nance, Only got back to Kalomo so can’t get time to write you by this mail. All books etc. arrived safely and I’m nearly through already with them. The name I mean was “Howey” not “Oliver”. Regards to all. How is Johnnie. Best love. Tom.
Zambezi Express. 40 miles in 20 Hours. Tom.
By June 1905 three passenger trains a week were running to and from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls. Also on the Rhodesia Railways timetable was the “Zambezi Express” – a through train from Kimberley to Victoria Falls which completed the 450 km trip in under 18 hours, fully equipped with bedding services and dining car.
Wonder if the falls will be kind enough to let me be home with you all in 1907. What a (vital *****) time to look forward to though. I am going back.
Bright and happy new. With lots of love and wishes.
Yours Lee Grabrielles ? Tom. P.S. Expensive form of letter writing!! Eh!!!
My dear Nance, Just a line to let you know that I keep fit and well and hope you do likewise. I had a very quiet time at New Year. I sent you off a letter last week in which I thanked you for Xmas present. Best of love. You aff. Brother Tom.
This is about 4 miles above the falls.
DEAR DAN. Are you still alive? Have never had an answer to my last letter. Tom.
Si si signora. Buena naghcte. T
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