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 BY : ROB BURRETT - Associate Researcher (Natural History Museum) and Independent Heritage Consultantksf@khami.co.zwBulawayo Memorial Hospital, located between 10th and 11th Avenues in the city centre, is now part of a muddle of various structures used by Home Affairs. Today it fronts Herbert Chitepo Street and is currently occupied by the Immigration Department and previously the Tax Office.The foundation stone to the hospital was laid in October 1894 and the first wing was completed by... Read On
Posted In: Bulawayo
 BY:  BRYONY RHEAM, Author and freelance writerEMAIL : reservations@victoriafallshotel.com WEBSITE : www.victoriafallshotel.comwww.bryonyrheam.blogspot.com“We walked from the train to the hotel, a big white building closely wired against mosquitoes. There were no roads, no houses. We went out on the stoep and I uttered a gasp.  There, half a mile away, facing us, were the Falls. I’ve never seen anything so grand and beautiful – I never shall.”Anne Beddingfield utters these words... Read On
Posted In: Victoria Falls
Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck was the commander of the German forces in the German East Africa campaign and over a period of four years fought the most successful guerrilla operation in the history of modern warfare. With a force that never exceeded about 14,000 men he kept in check over 300,000 British, Belgian and Portuguese troops. Lettow-Vorbeck's plan for the war was quite simple - he knew that East Africa would be a sideshow to Europe but he was determined to tie down as many British... Read On
Posted In: Victoria Falls
Situated at the southeast corner of Main Street and 8th Avenue, Bulawayo, Scott’s Building was one of several buildings constructed in the early years of Bulawayo, which were embellished with imported, prefabricated multi-storey cast-iron verandas.  These verandas were a characteristic feature of late Victorian architecture throughout the Empire - a relatively cheap means of making something dignified from what were otherwise plain brick buildings. Ordered from Scotland and the... Read On
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PART ONE OF A FIVE PART SERIESSituated at the southeast corner of Main Streetand 8thAvenue, Bulawayo, Scott’s Building was one of several buildings constructed in the early years of Bulawayo, which were embellished with imported, prefabricated multi-storey cast-iron verandas. These verandas were a characteristic feature of late Victorian architecture throughout the Empire - a relatively cheap means of making something dignified from what were otherwise plain brick buildings. Ordered from... Read On
Posted In: Bulawayo
  One of the most intriguing and drawn-out naval engagements of the First World War unfolded in the labyrinth of mangrove swamps that guard the mouth of the Rufiji River in southern Tanzania.  At the outbreak of hostilities the most powerful German warship in the Indian Ocean was the cruiser SMS Königsberg, a swift and heavily armed vessel that was a menace to shipping on the east coast of Africa. A group of British warships was dispatched to hunt her down and eventually... Read On
Posted In: Victoria Falls
At the outset of the First World War the German Navy ruled the waves - at least on Lake Tanganyika! They had two steamers under military orders on the Lake as well as an assortment of smaller craft. On 21 April 1915 an unusual visitor showed up at the Admiralty in London with a plan to do something about this state of affairs- his name was John Lee, an elephant hunter from Northern Rhodesia.Lee explained his plan to the Admiral, Sir Henry Jackson, who listened with growing interest. It was... Read On
Posted In: Livingstone
The Victoria Falls Hotel owes its existence to the arrival of the railway line; when it reached Victoria Falls the development of tourism on the south bank of the Zambezi started in earnest.Cecil Rhodes planned for a Cape to Cairo railway and although this was never achieved, the remarkable penetration of rail into the heart of Africa brought development to the region. Once the first steam train arrived in Victoria Falls, plans for the construction of the bridge turned into reality, all of... Read On
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Founded as a gold mining centre in 1897, the city of Francistown has come a long way. It claims to be the oldest town in Botswana and, interestingly, is the only one that has an English name. One can certainly benchmark Francistown with Johannesburg in the Republic of South Africa, which has a similar background and is also currently being revitalised. The seemingly dormant and limited economy of the city has prompted the business community and administrative leadership to re-kindle and re-... Read On
Posted In: Chobe
Livingstone Museum celebrated International Museum Day in style recently, kicking off with a colourful march past incorporating not only the Zambia Air Force Brass Band but also majorettes from SOS Children’s Village, cultural dancers and a float decorated with natural and cultural specimens from the Museum’s collections.The occasion was graced by the Hon Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs, Professor Nkandu Luo, accompanied by her Deputy Minister, Hon Susan Kawandami. Other special... Read On
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BY ROB BURRETT - Independent Heritage Consultant and Associate Researcher, Natural History Museum.Although there are earlier dates that apply to the evolution of Bulawayo as Zimbabwe’s second largest and, some would argue, best city, it was on 1 June 1894 that modern Bulawayo was declared open as a settlement. 2014 sees the 120th anniversary of that date and the City of Bulawayo has promoted a variety of events to mark the occasion.As an aside it is important to understand the meaning of the... Read On
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By ROB BURRETT, Associate Researcher (Natural History Museum) and Independent Heritage Consultant Bulawayo Market Square taken in about 1899, looking northeast towards the junction of today’s Fife Street and Leopold Takawira Avenue. This picture captures the very essence of Market Square - a central part of the town that was set aside for open-air trade.For the first few decades, regular market days were held on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. At these times it was filled with wagons and... Read On
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