Premier Silk Bazaar Ltd

Premier Silk Bazaar Ltd


Premier Silk Bazaar Ltd was established in 1912 by Jadavjee Kanjee Shingadia (1883-1971). The business dealt in drapery, outfittings, fancy goods and oriental curios.

Jadavjee had arrived in Rhodesia from India in 1900, eventually settling in Umtali. In 1913 he was joined by his wife Malee Shingadia (1889-1954). He had two sons; Laljee (b.1917), Arjun (b.1921-2005) and three daughters; Ladoo (b.1920), Seeta (b.1928), Lalita (b.1927) – all whom were shareholders in the firm. In 1935 his eldest son, Laljee, and his wife (Keshar) moved to Southern Rhodesia where he became a director of the company.

In 1954, Jadavjee’s wife, Malee Shingadia died. By 1956, Laljee had established Laljee Shingadia Pvt Ltd opposit Hodgson & Myburgh in Main Street, Umtali. The business offered drapery, outfitting, kitchen hardware and tailoring services.

By 1957, Premier Silk Bazaar Ltd was now trading as Shingadia Stores Pty Ltd.  In addition, it ran Premier Wholesalers for the African trade. This part of the business dealt with prints, khaki, calico, blankets, shoes and fancy goods.

Jadavjee was the official Indian interpreter in Umtali, secretary for the Umtali Hindu Association and secretary for the British Indian Association.



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