Postcards: Payne’s Studios Ltd – Camera House Series

Postcards – Payne’s Studios Ltd

Camera House Series

There are two known backings to this series:

  • Red
  • Black (with ‘Real Photo’ in the middle divider).

It is unknown if these are from two different printings or only affect part of the large series of cards printed. The black has been spotted on cards No.1 and No.39. The red has been seen on No.68.

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Seventh-Day Adventist Church: Solusi Mission Training School

Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Solusi Mission Training School

Solusi University, located 50 kilometres west of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, is a co-educational institution, which was founded in 1894 as one of the first of the hundreds of Seventh-day Adventist mission stations. It was named after Chief Soluswe, near whose home the Mission was founded.

During the first decade of its existence, Solusi Mission shared in the suffering brought to the region by war and a resulting famine. Despite these hardships, the development of the Mission continued and a regional training programme was established for the development of church workers. Men who trained at Solusi Mission assisted in the development of new mission stations on other parts of, by then, Southern Rhodesia; and several of them reached beyond the borders of the country to help establish mission schools in neighboring countries as early as 1905.

With a growing demand for church workers, Solusi Mission continued to expand, and by 1929 a government approved teacher-training programme had begun. To meet the need for higher academic training, secondary school training was begun in 1948, and in 1952, the teacher-training programme was moved to Lower Gwelo (Gweru) Mission to make room at Solusi for the expanding academic programme.

In 1956, Solusi Mission Training School was upgraded to Solusi College.

References

Contributor
  • James Gavin
  • Mark Loomis

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The Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel

Salisbury

In 1911, the The Commercial Hotel was demolished and a new building was erected based on the designs of James Cope-Christie and Thomas Sladdin. The new building cost £11,000 and was re-opened in August 1914 as the Grand Hotel.

By 1950, the hotel’s facilities included 110 rooms, Grill Room, Banqueting Hall, Dining Hall (seating 200 people), and 28 Lock-up Garages. In 1963 it was sold by J W Nash.

References

Contributors
  • James Gavin

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Dutch Reformed Church

Dutch Reformed Church

 

The Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) (in Afrikaans: Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk, abbreviated NGK), was introduced to Cape Town, South Africa by Dutch settlers in 1652. Grounded in reformed (Calvinist) protestant beliefs, the Cape DRC was initially under the ecclesiastical control of the presbytery of the mother Dutch Reformed Church in the Netherlands. It became independent in 1824, following the earlier establishment of British colonial control. DRC is one of three “sister churches,” which also include the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa and the Reformed Churches in South Africa.

DRC was slow to join the missionary efforts in Africa begun by others, such as the London Missionary Society and Paris Evangelical Missionary Society. This changed with the arrival of Andrew Murray, who was elected DRC’s “moderator” in 1862. Fueled by evangelistic zeal, Murray led the establishment of a missions committee and specifically sought to evangelize Mashonaland (in what would later become Southern Rhodesia).

Early DRC outreach to Mashonaland was conducted by African evangelists, who paved the way for the missionaries that came later and made the gospel more acceptable to the indigenous peoples. In 1890, Reverend SP Helm, accompanied by two African evangelists, was sent to investigate the possibility of a more settled and permanent mission in Mashonaland. The local population was receptive, but missionary efforts were blocked by Chief Lobengula. Entrance of the “Pioneer Column” later in 1890 created conditions favorable for DRC missionary Andries Adriaan Louw to establish its first mission station in the territory, Morgenster, in September 1891.

From Morgenster, DRC missions spread throughout Southern Rhodesia. In 1906, the Berlin Missionary Society’s (Lutheran) missions at Gutu, Chibi and Zimuto were transferred to DRC.

The Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) withdrew the majority of its missionary staff from Southern Rhodesia in the late 1970’s because of security concerns during the “War of Liberation”/”Bush war.” On 4 May 1977, after the signing of a Deed of Agreement, all the DRC’s mission work and properties were officially handed over to the African Reformed Church (ARC), which had grown into a full-fledged autonomous indigenous church.

The name was changed to the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe following Zimbabwean independence in April 1980.

Facilities

Missions

People

Postcards

References

Contributors
  • James Gavin
  • Mark Loomis

Halsted & Co Ltd

Halsted & Co Ltd

Bulawayo

The first Halsted trading business was opened in Bulawayo in 1897 by Major C W Halsted under the name of Halsted and Webb. With the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer war in 1899, Major Halsted closed that business and spent the next 3 years fighting with the British forces.

At the end of the war, in 1902, rather than return to Bulawayo, Major Halsted opened up a business in Johannesburg acting as an agent for the better known Kimberley mining firms. This business, known as Halsted and Company, was run by Major Halsted until he retired in the 1920’s. He handed over the business to his two sons Paul and Robert. In the late 1920’s Robert moved to Bulawayo to set up an agency business, leaving Paul to run the Johannesburg business. It is believed Robert took over the business of A J Butler & Co.

In October 1949, the brothers opened a further jointly owned company in Bulawayo and called it Halsted Brothers Ltd. The Company traded in tools, hardware and specialist products to the mines. When legislation changed, this company was later renamed Halsted Brothers (Pvt) Ltd under which name it still operates today.

Branches

References
Contributors
  • James Gavin
  • Keith Harrop

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Rhodesia Railways Ltd

Rhodesia Railways Ltd

Line construction began in September 1892.The Bulawayo line was completed in October 1897 and the Mutare line in February 1898. The link between Salisbury and Bulawayo was finally completed in October 1902 after initial construction was brought to a halt by the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War in October 1899, when materials had to be brought in on the Beira line.

The next stage was the line northwards from Bulawayo, which began in 1903, crossed the
Zambezi River at Victoria Falls in September 1905 and reached the Congo border in December 1909.

For several years this whole system was operated by the Mashonaland Railway Company under the title Beira and Mashonaland and Rhodesia Railways, but on 1 October 1927 Rhodesia Railways Company became the working company.

On 1 October 1936 Rhodesia Railways Limited became the owners of the whole railway system in Zimbabwe and Zambia as well as the Vryburg-Bulawayo section.

On 1 April 1947 the then Rhodesian Government acquired the assets of Rhodesia Railways Limited and on 1 November 1949 the undertaking became a statutory body known as Rhodesia Railways. On 1 July 1967 the system was divided at the Victoria  Falls bridge, with Zambia Railways in the north and Rhodesia Railways in the south.

The Rhodesia Railways was re-designated Zimbabwe Rhodesia Railways on 1st June, 1979 and finally National Railways of Zimbabwe on 1st May, 1980 soon after the attainment of national Independence.

Stationery

People

Postcards

Other Postcard Publishers

References

Contributors
  • Terry Cowlard
  • Walter Herdzik
  • James Gavin

A J Butler and Company Ltd

A J Butler and Company Ltd

Bulawayo

A J Butler & Co Ltd was an import agent based in Bulawayo. In December, 1934, the US Senate set up a Special Committee investigating the munitions industry with the intent to make certain investigations concerning the manufacture and sale of arms and other war ammunitions. A J Butler & Co was listed as an agent for the Winchester Repeating Arms Co.

In the mid-1940’s, it appears that the company may have become an agent under Halsted & Company Ltd. Robert Halsted had moved to Bulawayo in the 1920’s to set up an agency business and by the end of 1949 his brother Paul joined him to create Halsted Brothers Ltd.

Contributors
  • James Gavin

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