Hugh Edward Fletcher & Annette Esterhuyse
a work in progress
Briefly: Young Hugh was the Fletcher who researched as much as he was able the history
of the African clan, and from whom Margaret Mason received most of the information in her
book concerning this branch. For the time being, appended below are details of material he
========== Material Celia Has. This text is also in the Emails.
From: celia cox , To: elwyn fletcher, March 31, 2008
here i am. I took a 3-year holiday from writing letters. thank you for all your unanswered
i am fascinated to hear that neil is making a family archive - tell him i have (among other
things) a piece by annie fletcher, written from a farm which i think must have been mimosa
woods. it is about her daily routine and mentions old hugh (who is about to depart for the
war the next day), kenneth and a dog called toby who has got mixed up with the cheese
dye. you want it, neil? send me your email address. There is a bunch of other stuff too.
before i get to news, neil asked for the following birthdates/ places:
howard richard cox, lusaka, 10.02.1956;
celia fletcher, byo, 13.03.1957;
hugh fletcher cox, jhb, 05.07.1980;
rory fletcher cox, jhb, 16.07.1982;
adam fletcher cox, middelburg, 23.10.1984
ben fletcher cox, middelburg, 18.04.1987;
daniel fletcher cox, middelburg, 19.12.1995 - 19.07.1998
i have lots of old photographs.
all the ones of the dam being built.
many of the old rondavel house when we lived there; some of us playing on that remarkable
tree which served very well as horse/ camel/ giraffe, depending on the game and on where
exactly you sat along the trunk.
[That old trunk's branches at the end used to scrape against the thatch when the wind blew.
For many years I put an old tarpaulin over the damaged area. Eventually decided to rethatch
the whole house and the buildings around it. Unfortunately the Fingo thatcher chopped off
some of the branches at the end. I suppose there was nothing else to be done. But I was a
bit annoyed about it. The trees were beautiful specimens of msehla. They did have yellow
flowers, did they not ? N.F.]
some of Bessie and old Hugh outside their house.
some of umvutcha, woodville and the people who lived there.
many of life on drummond.
some of my father on the john deere tractor, some of the massey ferguson and some of the
fordson (these are the first long words i learned to spell, doing correspondence school on
the farm; had a thing for tractors then and now)
old written stuff -
i have a letter from old Hugh as a very small boy, written from boarding school in England,
in which he thanks his mother for sending him a little purse and expresses regret that it is
[ See a number of letters regarding school in Eastbourne on the site. In the Catalogue
look for Letters/ ..and then look for ones sent by or associated with Kenneth_Rosalie_Wendy
in the columns. There is a letter Annie_ida in which the baby with sore eyes is Hugh I
suspect. There is also a photo of old Hugh in cadet/army uniform. Winkie says she has
photos of Kenneth (and H?) in SWA during WW1, and Peter Fletcher, son of Angus, in
Florida told me he also has photos of both(?) from SWA, where Angus also first went
newer written stuff - i will have a look.
there are a couple of anecdotal pieces about my father that i wrote - one about giving him a
haircut while he convered with ants. that any good?
[ It is a website for the family, and not just for me!. If you have material that you wish to
publish on it, then send it in and tell me to do so, whether I think it any good or not. Would
like to see it in any case...N.F..]
most of the photographs were taken by me as a child with a brownie box camera my father
gave me, but they're not bad.
[ See the Ida Fletcher Collection - many of the photos in that were also taken on a box
brownie in 1905 or so. Also see Kenneth's letter from Eastbourne re photography. He
probably had a Brownie box camera too.]
the dam series he took. [I have for some time hoped there would be some photos of
the dam being built..} adam has just given me a scanner but i am ignorant about how
exactly to scan AND email, and i am temporarily fresh out of kid to frogmarch to my office.
one or two will blow in at the weekend, but that's a few days away. i will go to the copy shop
in the mall just now and get them to send you a scan of Annie's piece and old Hugh's letter
so long; maybe they will show me how it is done.
I saw Abe in the Christmas holidays, and before that, a couple of years ago. we talk on the
sms usually but having just acquired internet access i have emailed him and had a reply.
writing to him requires patience on both sides as i am an erratic correspondent
and he is a nomadic one.
[ I have put a link to some recent Abe stuff in the Endnotes to this file. N.F.]
i am very happy that you're collecting all these things together. when we lived on the farm
it was me who pounced on them and hoarded them so that my family teased me about
being resistant to change or to the fact that time passes; i had grandad's old 2nd WW
steel trunk a old and there i stashed my loot (to hoots of unseemly laughter from the family).
now i have a whole bunch of distinguished sisters but i alone, my dear, can claim the
distiction of being the family museum curator... or at least the one who dusts the cabinets.
i was born too late..
[what happened to it, do you know? I have a steel trunk from Drummond here in Aus. We
kept all the purple label insecticides and other poisons in it at the farm. I think there should
be a file called The Drummond Collection. - By the way most people now don't know that
Drummond was a late name for the farm. We always called it the Bottom Farm, and Peter
in his diaries called it Mbetchu. The blacks always called it Ara = RA. I only heard the name
Drummond for the first time when I returned from England. And I recently received letters
from John by RA and by oldH in one of which it is referred to as the Bottom Farm. Here is
what Mercy Murray says about the origin of the name: ]
"In recognition of their services, and after the British occupation of that area, and the founding
of Queenstown in 1854, Donald and his sons were granted farms in the district. Donald and
his eldest son, Donald William, settled on the granted farm in the Whittlesea area, which
they named Drummond, after Donald's birthplace in Scotland".
["The Family of Donald & Eliza McDonald"]
i've just found some things. a 28 pg document typed by my father and headed
'the macinleisters of achallader in the braes of glenorchy". you probably have this...
there are some typed letters to My dear Mother/ Dear Mama from P. Fletcher/Pat /
R. A. Fletcher, written from Duoquodales/ Millwood/ St Andrews College/ Grahamstown
and dated 1884 - 1889. although quite old and dirty they are probably transcripts?
[For the moment don't send. Prob already have these from Hugh, and JP has sent scans
there is a pile of correspondence/ documents passing between my father and Graham
Ross about Patrick Fletcher and roads/ geology: Let's dec ide about these later. Some
we might already have a sample, Die Bou van die Messelpad/ Hondeklip and
Springbok Rd/ Namaqualand Rd
a piece describing a young man said to be known as Berghlooper - at the bottom is a
handwritten note: "unsigned but obviously P.F." The content is a rather conceited self-portrait
written for for his 'Dear Mother' . [Have from Hugh. Flick has original - not yet sent.
Bergloper = Patrick called Peter. Ditto for Orange River letter below. ]
a letter from P.F. (no salutation) written from "The banks of the Orange River, 25 June 1854"
a letter from Graham Ross to my father in which he describes how one can access
documents on NAREM, a computerised database compiled by the State Archives
Service of the Dept. of National Education, containing the holdings of all the archives in the
country as well as the document collections of the libraries and museums around the
country... "you type in Patrick Fletcher, and voila! there you have all his works, such
as diaries, listed before you, together with where they are."
you probably have all this. i will continue telling you everything that turns up just in case.
neil. i can't find the annie letter. i have spent four days searching for it and didn't want to
reply before finding it. think i'll go drink hemlock now. i never lose things, except for
unimportant things like keys (daily) and my glasses (hourly). i have carried that letter with
me for 30
years and through 20 different houses and know exactly where it should be,
but it's not there. i am so sorry. i will keep looking.
doozie has just got back from holiday and says she has a typescript of it. i'm going over
there later today to see. in the meantime, 3/4 of my sons are home this weekend and
teaching me the jpeg stuff. so watch this space.
i have also found: some more old H eastbourne letters; a photograph of mimosa woods
with this written on the back: "a very ugly
photo of mimosa woods. it is a better
looking place than this." a 1917 letter from old H to his mother from 'granelli's place'. italy?
talks about watching the allies' seaplanes landing. a rhodesian farmer mag article called
"330m. gallon farm dam" with an aerial photo of the dam being built, caption 'a view of
mr. fletcher's dam near bembezi, showing the earth wall.'
all the stuff i've told you about so far is among my things - i haven't finished going through
it yet, and i haven't even started on my father's pile. i would like to send you the originals
for safekeeping but don't know how, as i have a large family and am cheerful but
impecunious (quote from beatrix potter book about rabbits).
if you want me to lay out these lists in a manner that makes it easier for you to gather
information, please say so. i just type like this, to go faster. do you want capitals for
names and places?
i had already found the photo of a ruined farmhouse a couple of days ago, and can easily
lay hands on the rest of the series. there are also a couple of the cave herenslogement
which are interesting but i think irrelevant to you.
Celia, all the stuff you mention I hope to receive sometime. Keep on typing as you like.
No lists necessary. All your stuff for safekeeping. If you are ever really worried about
safekeeping I am sure something could be arranged. One of the reasons I started this
archive thing is so that there are copies of everything, so that if this house here goes up in
a bushfire it will be a pity but at least copies will be available...Dont send things in the
post. They are too valuable. The ruined farmhouse. Is there granite around it, Is it with
others? I am desperate to see a scan of Hughs stuff at Keerom. You will see why soon -
next week maybe. the cave - everything is of interest .Drummond dam building photos -
look forward. Keep looking
through everything. N
I have received some photos from Peter Fletcher in Florida which make it important to
see if at all possible the photos that Hugh took when he went on a trip to Namaqualand
with Annette in the Eighties?. He showed me the photos when he came up to Zimbabwe
once and I regret to say I did not pay at the time all the ettention to detail I now wish I had.
He had a few of the Keerom yard, one of which included a sort of drift/water in a rocky
pool, and maybe there were others of a ruined farmhouse. I am very anxious to see any
of these photos and especially of the surrounding rocks if there
were any. They must
be somewhere with you. Please keep looking for all old stuff. Also the details of how to
see catalogues of state archives given by Ross.
7 April From Celia
answers to your questions in the last few emails:
the ruined farmhouse - looks like there is a sort of low granite dwala in the background.
it is a fairly close-up shot, so i can't see if there are others around it - there may well be.
the old 2nd WW trunk - i still have it. it's at the end of my bed and i still keep things in it.
to my infinite regret, i painted it when i was a teenager and had no brains. it was olive
drab with his initials & surname on it and it is now red oxide (you see that i spare you a
description of the intermediate paint job). the 28 pg document ' the macinleisters of
achallader in the braes of gleonorchy and their descendants in southern africa' was
composed by my father; in the first paragraph he explains that it was in response to
questions from 'young relations'. you want it? 'die bou van die messelpad' is by kotze
and has a bibliography attached. the ross letter about NAREM is very faded so i am
retyping the relevant bit for you. it is dated. october 27 1995.
"dear hugh, it strikes me, when you say that there must be more of patrick's diaries
somewhere, that if they are registered in some accessible location they should be
referenced on NAREM. herewith from my bibliography: national register of manuscripts
(NAREM) a computerised database compiled by the state archives service of the dept.
of nat. ed., containing the holdings of all the archives in
the country, as well as the
document collections of the libraries such as the south african library in cape town and
the cory library for historical research at rhodes university in grahamstown, and of
museums around the country. for example, the moffat collection (qv) is covered. on-line
computer facilities available "in the state archives depots in pretoria, cape town,
bloemfontein and pietermaritzberg, and also at various other institutions". hard-copy
printouts generally available elsewhere (e.g: s.a. library, cape town).
i am not a confident user of these modern gimmicks, and usually ask the most attractive
assistant at the desk to help me, but i think that, having got someone to access NAREM
for you, you punch in PATRICK FLETCHER and, voila! there you (in theory) have all his
works, such as diaries, listed before you, together with where they are. or maybe, like
me, you push a few buttons and jam the whole works up! the archives in roeland street
seem to be your best bet. good luck!" (the ross letter goes on, but it's just smalltalk
here's a request. i have the greener 12 - bore from drummond and the licensing laws
are very stringent. it is signed over to me, with the correct paperwork, but i haven't
processed the transfer because the laws changed just then. now, before i can get it into
my name, i need to pass a stringent and expensive course. in the meantime it is safely
stored but the whole thing is a bit dodgy and on shaky ground legally. my sons don't
want me to disable it. do you know of any nearby relative who already has a license and
would/ could keep it for us or advise me? i tried asking at a gunshop but they looked at
me skeef and i felt wary of telling them too much. can't get arrested till finished bringing
up kids; i'm all they have; they find me batty but satisfactory in other respects.
i'm now going to try sending you some of the things.
The photo from Namaqua is very important, as it helps to re-inforce an identification of a
photo from USA as being of Keerom. The photo from Peter Fletcher, Florida, is amazing
and valuable. I will put it on the site soon. The building in Hugh's photo is not of the
actual Keerom homestead, but is an outbuilding on the western side of the main building.
The photo of the Fordson with the Steyns(?) dam scoops is very nostalgic. Esp. the
trees on the side of the hill. Did you know that those trees can be milked like rubber
trees for a latex? We used to make a tasteless chewing gum from them when we were
kids. The other photo is a mystery. Scouts hat? Hope you can find Annie's letter. The farm
is called Mimosa Park. Does she use the word Woods. By the way do you know the story
of the trees which Annie chopped? Also do you know it was largely because of Mimosa
Park that Pat and RA fell out?. Recently somebody (maybe Mickey or Sue when they
were over here a few months ago??? said RA lost Mimosa Park because of being late on
payments when he was out surveying... Did you ever hear that story? I am going to write
a Mimosa Park file sometime.....We had lunch with Peter Cook from Byo who lives about
an hour away from here in a forested area where he manages a retreat. His father
Cran Cook was well known in connection with the Byo Museum, and the work he did on
copying the Bushmen paintings in the Matopos. Peter had quite a bit to say about Mimosa
Park and I will get him to write it down, if I can. Pip and Sally Longden who were here
stayed with the Cooks a week or so ago. The Longdens are in McGregor down your way.
How do you wish me to attribute the material you send.?
To you/your collection/Hugh Fletcher Family?/Collection?/Papers? and if to you how do
you wish to be called?
There must have been more than one trunk because we have one here which I am
almost certain came from Drummond. But it might have also come from Zimbile and
housed the old PF diaries mentioned in the Ross archive stuff, and which I have written
about elsewhere. The Archive material is very good to receive. If you have time I would
be most obliged if you could investigate further. I was a little surprised to learn that UCT
had bought microfilm of Pat's diaries. I have his actual diary of the Occupation 1893-94.
It was not given to the archive. Maybe I will find and send you Ross' phone number. I
tried to email him several times last year, and JP spoke to him. I could not get email
contact, and phoning is expensive and difficult with the cheap times and the 6 hr difference.
re the Greener: It is very difficult for me to do anything else from this end than to make
suggestions. I would try all of these, beginning with those closest to you. Adam F, also
might be a help legally.;, Flick., ; Danae and Garrick in JB; in Byo I would seek the advice
of Tara and Troy Maidwell, as they are in the shooting world and have just been down
South on a competition: also of course you must ask John, who has the Umvutcha
Greener. (The Zimbile Greener, and all the other guns, were confiscated from an
armourer where they were stored before we left.). Owen in PE had the same sort of
trouble you mention registering what he already had when I tried to get our guns out, -
so I dont think he will be able to help. It is not inconceivable it could be brought over to
Aus. It would mean me trying to get written permission from a landowner to shoot on
their property etc etc, and the other alternative over here is Bruce F who has brought over
a rifle and so may very well be able to help. Please give more infor about the Kotze article.
Is it big/be scanned? Maybe I should put you onto Annelize Erasmus in Springbok.
She is a young relative of Kotze and she told me about the article. Annelize was very
helpful with stuff about Keerom. Her emails are on the site. Her father was Jopie Kotze
who has the Springbok Lodge (formerly Cafe) and Hugh met him on his trip, and I in 2003.
Keerom is now part of a national park and I have been unsuccessful in actually finding
an individual (as opposed to a computer) to write to about Keerom homestead. It would
be nice to have more pictures/info about the farmyard. Annelize said she would look out
for somebody, but she has not been in touch recently. Ditto about Hugh's achallader
article. How could you send it?
the dam: i have the negs and they seem to include pictures which i don't have in the
photos. i will print and send them when i can.
mimosa woods/ park: in the annie letter it is referred to as mimosa woods. on the back
of the photo of the house is written in faded ink: "a very ugly photo of mimosa woods. it
is a better looking place than this." my father told me the story of how mimosa woods
was lost; he said that ra was away and the payments were not made when they should
have been, ra having left instructions to that effect. he said that the inhabitants at mimosa
woods were mad about the place and ra never forgave the losing of it. i don't know the
story of annie chopping down the trees.
the UNKNOWN file: the problem i have with boxes of unlabelled photos is that i don't
know what iam looking at.
the keerom pictures: my mother has not read your emails and had her recollection
coloured by anything in them... she says that the building in the photo is definitely a little
house because it has niches in the walls inside where things were kept or there were
muurkassies once; that there was a pool the size of a small room in font of it and down
a slight slope. there was a dwala in the background and there is now a modern house
right up against the dwala. (?) the rest of the keerom series are temporarily inaccessible.
i took an album of namaq. photos to school to show my pupils herenslogement and left
it there. school starts again in a week.
graham ross: i have his address and phone number. there is a heap of his
correspondence with my father in my desk drawer. his letters look typewritten; maybe
he is not into computers and email?? i can contact him for you if you wish. tell me what
to say or ask.
the kotze article: it is 6 X A4 pages, the last one being a bibliography, and it is called "die
bou van die messelpad 6 Februarie 1867 - 31 Maart 1871". i can scan and send it to you
there are photocopies of: old articles/ letters on roads etc. by various people; also plan
of the hondeklip bay - springbok road; handwritten namaqualand road report April 1867;
cape copper mining company report of the roads and systems of transport from the cape
copper company's mines to the coast in namaqualand by mr t hall december 1865.
there is an extract from the bibliography of ross's book.
there is an inventory of tools and their value on the namaq. rd by patrick fletcher.
i can scan and send achallader article too, if you can receive it. please tell me whether
to send it as an attachment. (yesterday i didn't even know what an attachment was.)
i can do it now.
attribute the material to the hugh fletcher family collection. it really isn't mine, i just like it
and save it, and am delighted that there is
somewhere to send it.
i'm going to scan and send more photos over the next couple of days. we have rolling
power cuts now, which are maddening; you will need that waiting kind of patience,
which i hate.
9th April From Celia
herewith a list of the more interesting documents found among my father's papers. i
think you will like and admire it. xxx
Typescript of THE ANNIE PIECE !!! i know it by heart, so can see it's the right one.
Annie's death notice
Deed of transfer no. 723 re hilton and other properties
Collected correspondence with peter s. fletcher of florida
Various van der hum recipes
Copy of matabele times newspaper article by r a. fletcher 1896 re the geographical
position of byo
Article 'how the columns were saved' by m. e. weale
Share certificate, trace o' gold mines, 1935
Piece by p. f. from banks of the orange, 1854
Old hugh's pilots log book
A handwritten account of rhodes's funeral, unsigned, undated
A handwritten article: from invenstown free press, march 1868, the late w mcdonald, in
memorium [is hard to read the writing, I may be inaccurate]
[Donald McDonald b. 1792, founded the SA clan when he arrived in June 1817. He
died 24 Feb 1868 in Queenstown. I would say he would be the most likely candidate]
A thick wad of correspondence with graham ross, containing many references to other
sources and many snippets of other writings.
to annie from r.a., a postcard with grey-blue one-penny stamp replica
to ben from hugh at bembesi 1963
to r. k. fletcher at que que from att. cecil roberts & letts of byo re farms mananda, upper
nondwene & hilton
to hugh from ben re division of hilton, with hand-drawn plan, 1956
to ben from young hugh at saldanha, 1944
to ben and dolly from hugh, duncan docks, c. t. , 1945
to ben from hugh, a long way from tipperary, 1915
several dipped - nib letters from hugh to mother, written when very young, no date
to mother from hugh, nyamandhlovu, 1939
to mother from hugh [old h]
to mother from hugh, alexandria, 1919
to mother from hugh, royal flying corps, oxford, 1917
to father from hugh, callander [old h]
to father from hugh [old h]
to annie [unsigned], king edwards house, wimbledon, 1918 [has drawings of aeroplanes
in between the writing]
to uncle ben and aunt dolly from Angus, 1946 [Nephew Angus? - N.F.]
to ben from Angus, 1945
[nephew ditto - N.F.]
to ben from Angus, 1943
[nephew ditto - N.F.]
Typescripts of letters:
from agnes fletcher in rondebosch to annie fletcher, 1899
to mother from pat, millwood, 1889
copy of signed letter from r. a. to dr sauer, jhb, 1903
to dr kotze from hugh, botha, 1994
From Celia 12th April
i've been reading it [yHugh's achallader typescript. N.F.] and it's fascinating. he
explains at the beginning that it is "not intended to be a comprehensive history of the
fletchers. it is my personal account of my family's history, seen from my rung of the
ladder of time. if i have written more about some members of the family than others,
it is because i know more about them and am therefore able to write more."
so it is obviously subjective and therefore, perhaps, questionable in parts - a blend of
family tree and many reminiscences about various family members - annie, r.a., tom,
alister, lorraine, kenna, rory, and others, also places - mimosa woods, hamba gaghle,
umvutcha; speaks of annie erecting 2 huts on our farm in her old age and ida walking
over from zimbile with her fishing rod to visit her. could that be the 2 huts in the unknown
file, and could ida be the woman? he describes family funerals and other occasions and
talks about lorraine as a young bride at umvutcha and rob's locked room full of glasses
of milk and ox hearts, the brandy bottle, the greener shotguns, etc, etc.
another sudden find:
a school exercise book with a piece of writing on 'The Cow' by peter fletcher, glasgow,
1844 - in beautiful copperplate script.
also a studio portrait picture of r.a.
also the negatives of the keerom series, some of which i can't find in photo print form.
please tell me which you want most urgently.
12th April. Dear Celia
I look forward to seeing everything you have so far mentioned. Send what is easiest first.
The exercise book with PF's essay on The Cow sounds like a companion book to the two
the Zimbile family have (see scans in the PF Biography). Some scans of the book you
have should go with the ones already on the site. Valuable book - keep the rats out.
If you are able to get the keerom negs printed some scans of them would be welcome,
since the subject is topical now. RA portrait is also topical with the stuff that has come
from John. hughs achallader material - how do you think you could send it? Re where
Annie lived: Rosalie who spent a lot of time at Umvutcha
with Patty after Connie died
told me a little while ago that Annie eventually went to live by herself at Hamba Gahle in
a hut, and RA was not inclined to be be with her there. I do not know if they had actually
fallen out. Will ask Rosalie again. I did not know about two
huts at Mbechu. The story
from Peter was that Ida bought Zimbile A with money she had inherited when their father
died, and later the RA family got Zimbile B from F&E (?) because Annie "wanted to be
close to her sister". So it is quite probable that Annie built huts there and Ida walked
down to see her. She was very keen on fishing and even in her Seventies regularly
walked to a pool on the sandveld on Zimbile. Your road from the drift to Fletchers Rd -
if instead of turning left to Bembesi you just continued straight through the veld and
slightly to the East until you met the river - there were decent sized bream in those big
pools in those days. With the "climate change" in the Eighties, they became dry.
If you have Graham Ross' phone number maybe you could get in touch sometime and
confirm his email number. I have sent several times but not had a reply, although JP
spoke to him last year.
11th April i haven't opened the tree yet; i have to got to the vodacom shop first and sort out a
problem with my data bundle. this is just a quick note in the meantime.
i can scan and zip the achallader piece, or post a copy, or do whatever you think most
practical. i very badly want you to see it.
i have also found a geological map of southern rhodesia, printed on paper that looks like
linen - where the folds are worn, you can see a net of fibres - revised edition, compiled
in the geological survey office, salisbury, 1936. hugh mentions this in his achallader
we had the original f&e map of rhodesia which was treasured by my father and which i
was single-handedly responsible for losing. it grieves me to this day. i was travelling
by train between laingsburg and middelburg (like an umfazi on the way to the transkei,
according to my father), with a string of little children and an array of curious luggage,
and i left it on the train. he had urged me to take it with me and get a copy made,
instead of which i lost it for ever. it may strike you that i don't have a very good track-record
when it comes to the safekeeping of family treasures.
i will print and scan the keerom series and the picture of r.a.
The geological map. I think I also have this map somewhere, or did have. There was
also a map from this time of the Bulawayo gold belt area - the Greenstones cutting
through the old granites from the Turk Mine area down through Zimbile on the eastern
edge and as far as Bushtick or thereabouts. It was part of a report by Frank Amm given
to Peter , which I had but I think it got left in Byo. Frank Amm stayed on Zimbile with
Peter when he was doing the mapping in that area. He later became the head of the
Geological Dept during the days of the Federation. He had a son called Derek who went
to Canada, and another son whose name escapes me for the moment, but wh was a big
friend of Garrick when they were at P. E. school together. Frank Amm's map was
updated soon after Independence as part of those funded things at the time by a
Dr Garson from overseas. He was based at the Mines Office/Survey Dept in Byo. I once
went in to see him and in one of the offices there were numerous old maps of small
workings in the early days made by Fletcher & Espin strewn all over the floor. He
obligingly spent many more days in the Zimbile area than was probably necessary,
walking up all the dry river beds in about 1983, including Drummond, pointing out to me
features on the geology, and also hydrological features, as it was the time we had just
had three droughts in a row and I was busy doing resistivity surveys looking for borehole
sites. His report was published and available. A friend of Clara's, Jacob Raath, son of
Jan Raath the well known correspondent (Times?) in Harare, generously gave me a
copy after we left the farm. I gave it back to him before we left for Australia. Wish I had a
copy of it now.
I did not know that Hugh had a F&E map. I have one called F&E's map of the surveyed
properties of Matabeleland, or something like that, published in London in 1897 I think.
It is in two sections and needs the carpet of a fair sized room to lay it all out. Since being
in Aus I have been accused by the Chingoma family of selling family heirlooms on the
internet. Maybe it was the one you lost that they saw on offer? Bill & Elizabeth McKinney
had a photocopied version of a F&E map of the Mat farms as well, but it was different to
the one I have. Maybe there were several editions? Have just received a CD from Adam
with an RA election poster scan/photo. There is a portrait with that too.
Link to Abe Smit - in the next few days
Last Modified 21.04.2008
File Created:17th March 2010. Last Archived:
Filename = "/xxxxxx/yyyyyyyy.html" Last modified: 21 March 2010 Copyright © xxxxxxxxxxx