John Bell Florist

John Bell Florist

Salisbury

John Bell Florist was based in Salisbury, Rhodesia. It was run by Ronnie Bell.

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J Olsen

J Olsen

Mongu

J Olsen was a trader based in Mongu, Northern Rhodesia selling furs and reptile skins.

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J H Plane (Central Africa) Ltd

J H Plane (Central Africa) Ltd

Bulawayo

 

J H Plane (Central Africa) Ltd was established in 1953 and took over Robertson & Moss, agents for Thornycroft, a UK based vehicle manufacturing company. By 1965 they were producing marine vessels.

In 1989 they changed their name to L M I Sales Ltd.

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J H Mattheys & Co

J H Mattheys & Co

Bulawayo

J H Mattheys & Co was based in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia. The business was founded in 1922 by its able proprietor, John Henry Cornelius Mattheys (1890-1960) who was born in Cape Province and was of British heritage. He was an engineer who held previously important appointments with various motoring firms in the country.

The business dealt with cycles, motorcycles, ammunition & arms but was listed as a general dealer. Mattheys later became a farmer and died in 1960 of cardiac related issues.

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Hodgson & Booysen Ltd

Hodgson & Booysen Ltd

Sinoia

Hodgson & Booysen Ltd were an auction, land & general agent based in Sinoia.

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National Geographic Society

National Geographic

Washington D.C., USA

The National Geographic Society is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational organizations in the world. Founded in 1888, its interests include geography, archaeology, and natural science, the promotion of environmental and historical conservation, and the study of world culture and history.

The magazine is published monthly, and additional map supplements are also included with subscriptions. It is available in a traditional printed edition and through an interactive online edition. On occasion, special editions of the magazine are issued.

As of 2015, the magazine was circulated worldwide in nearly 40 local-language editions and had a global circulation of approximately 6.5 million per month.

Postcards

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African Banking Corporation Ltd

African Banking Corporation Ltd

Bulawayo

African Banking Corporation was a British Overseas Bank, that is, it had a headquarters in London but all its branches were overseas. Unusually, it was a consortium bank (i.e., other banks jointly owned it), rather than being owned by individuals. It operated primarily in South Africa.

The African Banking Corporation was the second entrant into the Rhodesian banking space which had been established in South Africa in 1890. Little is known about this institution, except that its first branch was opened in Bulawayo in 1895, under the management of Mr. G Cripps. Another branch was opened in Salisbury.

In 1920 the bank was bought out and merged with Standard Bank of South Africa.

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Chirundu Sugar Estates Ltd

Chirundu Sugar Estates Ltd

Chirundu

 

In 1953, UK sugar sugar refiner Tate and Lyle established a sugar cane plantation at Chirundu on the south bank of the Zambesi. In 1954 it leased 1,600 hectares from the Southern Rhodesia Government.

Sugar refined at Chirundu was taken to Ndola to be refined and sold in Northern Rhodesia. The company established a refinery at Ndola in May 1960, as well as taking over Rhodesia Sugar Refineries.

In the course of 1966, Rhodesia Sugar Refineries and Tate and Lyle decided to close Chirundu Sugar Estates at the end of the 1966 harvest. Officially, the grounds given for the decision were economic ones.

Contributors
  • James Gavin

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Hotel and Medical Equipment (Pvt) Ltd

Hotel and Medical Equipment (Pvt) Ltd

Salisbury

Hotel and Medical Equipment (Pvt) Ltd was a distributor and manufacturer’s representative agency based in Salisbury.

References

  • Foreign Commerce Weekly

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Thesen (Rhodesias) (Pvt) Ltd

Thesen (Rhodesias) (Pvt) Ltd

Umtali

Thesen (Rhodesias) (Pvt) Ltd were importers and and merchants of Rhodesian softwood and hardwood.

The business was started in South African by Charles Wilhelm Thesen (1856–1940); a Norwegian-born South African shipowner and timber merchant who played a leading role in the public affairs of the South African town of Knysna. He was actively involved in the timber and shipbuilding industry of the region, and acquired Paarden Island in the Knysna Lagoon, on which he built a sawmill and shipyard. The island was later renamed Thesen Island, after him and his family.

By 1979 they became PG Timbers Umtali Pvt Ltd

References

  • The Central and East African Directory 1979
Contributors
  • James Gavin

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