FLETCHER & ESPIN - land surveyors, Bulawayo, Rhodesia
Established circa 1894 [Look in Pats' diary of '93/'94 for mention of
writing to Espin re joining him in Bulawayo for survey work]
1894- The Matabeleland farm surveys
1895 Espin and Edwards: letters from survey camps. Khami River. Shashani.
1897 Fletcher & Espin's Map of the Surveyed Properties of Matabeleland
published in London
1905 ??Northern Transvaal Survey - forensic,
WILLIAM ["BILL"] ESPIN
Partner in Fletcher & Espin of Bulawayo, Rhodesia
He was related[?] to Espin the headmaster of St Andrews College, Grahamstown.
If so, it is likely that the Fletcher_Espin connection came about in this way.
check also Mullins connection?? re marrying Pat
1902 Pats letter to RA mention Espin away big game hunting
1905[?] Pat's letter to Ida re Espin on the N. Tvl survey. [linked in forensic]
Espin on a horse
Espin with theodolite
1895 Espin's letter to RA re his illness etc. Also Edwards letter. Robby Picasa Album
When Fletcher & Espin broke up he went back to SA and became a lawyer. [NF ex PF]
In Pat's family he was referred to as Uncle Bill by the kids. P. called Billy when small.
THE OTHER GUY IN ESPIN LETTER
The story of the F&E surveyor who was bitten by a mamba on Clonmore. He
timed and wrote down his symptoms, and the writing was becoming illegible
after about 15 minutes
Scan the worksheets Peter tore out of book. A few names mentioned?
The story of the F&E surveyor who Pat found lying in his tent with his legs
up the centrepole. He told Pat he knew what the matter was with him.
He died of stomach[?] cancer.
THE GUY IN ANNIE'S LETTERS
Other names connected with Survey, not necessarily part of F&E
Scion of Cooke Troughton & Simm family - survey instrument makers.
Was sent out by his family - spent time with F&E for field experience.
The story of him looking out over new Bulawayo from the top of
Agency Chambers. When asked what he was thinking he replied
"I'm thinking of the day when wild animals will roam over all this
Main Street Bulawayo, looking North and SE, from the top of Agency Chambers
FE second office
He was in Byo during the Rebellion.
Simms and Bob McDonald, Bulawayo Laager, 1896
Link letter from Rondebosch re Simms' visit to Agnes
Did survey work in area. Related to McDonalds
Mentioned in Annie letters? Link
Link Wendy re Hulls & Blog
He ended up with the co-ordinate book?
Images RH column
W. M. "Bill" Espin
Baobabs & Theodolites. N. Tvl. Farm Survey 1904-05