Sunday, 27 October 2013

Old Gwelo Town

By Angela Hurrell and Bob Manser

Herewith a few photographs of Old Gwelo (now Gweru)

    Gwelo Livingstone Avenue - Gwelo 

Smart Chemist - Gwelo

Boggies Cafe in Livingstone Ave Gwelo opposite Midlands Hotel before it was taken down and a supermarket built.
It was on the corner where the old Boggies memorial clock still stands.

Above - Gwelo Laager. News of the rising reached Salisbury on 25 March 1896 and a detachment immediately hurried off to Gwelo, then a small settlement with a population of about 400 Europeans. The defenders swiftly threw up a laager which consisted of five main buildings, tents and wagons, surrounded by fortifications of sand-bags and barbed wire. In May a more substantial force left Salisbury and then combined Salisbury and Gwelo columns then took the offensive against the rebels.

Above (top) - Horse Shoe Hotel from a sketch by our correspondent
Above (bottom) - Hewetts Store - Shangani- - unable to read further text. Apologies for this.

Horse Shoe Hotel - Gwelo

William Hurrell (Mayor)  and Prince of Wales during his visit to Gwelo
S. African Tour 1925 - Prince Edward, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII and then Duke of Windsor) on Royal Tour of Africa - Rhodesia. See  (be advised video has no sound) Loved the way they tested cars in Rhodesia as seen in the footage in this video.

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Thanks to Angela and Bob for sharing their memories with ORAFs.

Ref. Rhodesia, Zimbabwe

November 11, 2013
Angela has made three additional photographs available to ORAFs. Thanks Angela.

Rhodes note to Mrs Hurrell in Gwelo laager 1896
Prince of Wales meeting volunteers in Gwelo 1927

Sackie's shop in Gwelo Main Street (Date Unknown)

December 26, 1894 - First Paper, Gwelo, Rhodesia - The Northern Optimist, 26th December, 1894, edited by R. B. Nash. It ran for four months, and later became known as the Gwelo Times in 1895.

  Standing R B NASH and Mrs Nash
 Seated Sidney & Mabel Button 
Photograph made available by Syd Wheeler who advises that Sidney and Mabel Button were her Grandparents, the photograph is dated before 1945 (date of Sidney's death) and they were in Umvuma from +- 1910

Thank you Syd for sharing her photograph with ORAFs.

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At 29 October 2013 at 21:16 , Blogger Rhodesia Remembered said...

Rob Bresler Writes:-
Just to say thank you so much for resurrecting those photos of Gwelo in the early days.

Really so very interesting.

At 12 November 2013 at 10:45 , Blogger chirstymac said...

I taught in Gwelo in the 1960-70's. These are great photographs.

At 14 November 2013 at 11:13 , Blogger Rhodesia Remembered said...

Bob Manser Writes:-

My wife’s late father was Harry Jermyn and he attended Boys High School in Salisbury between the years 1923 t0 1927. It was sometime during this period that the school had a visit by Prince Edward ( Prince of Wales? Hence the badge) . The school was then named Prince Edward School by the Prince but not sure exactly what year.

That is why many Old Hararians and Rhodesians still refer to the P.E. School and the sports club as Old Boys from the Boys High School original name.

At 18 November 2013 at 07:21 , Blogger Rhodesia Remembered said...

Tony Garde (RhAF) Writes:-
Thank-you Angela and Bob for the pictures, from way-back-when, of Gwelo. Does any-one have pictures of Boggie’s clock at the time of its erection and a few pictures of it between then and now. I was one of the ATC cadets lumped in with 26 PTC (ably guided by Ft Lt Bennett, WOs 11 Barnes then Meacham, Col/Ft Sgt Larrett, et al) for the duration of the ITS phase. Many was the “road trip” we did to and from the dreaded clock, herded by Messrs Benecke, Ward et al. It is said that memories live forever – those certainly will.

At 10 August 2017 at 21:19 , Blogger Unknown said...

Anyone have any memories of the original Dodger Gray who was the undertaker in Gwelo?


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