Blood Sweat and Smears

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Blood, Sweat and Smears

My grandfather’s neice, Celia Gorlen, now living in Jerusalem, got a degree in chemical engineering in Stockholm and worked as chemist in Oslo where she was born. She observes you “need good eyes, fine hands, a strong back and like to work alone” to make it in the field. Bench work runs in the family.

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A First for Que Que and Rhodesia

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A First for Que Que and Rhodesia

The Gaika Mine, two km (just over a mile) south of Que Que on Chicago Farm included a series of claims named the Gaika, Robin Hood, Zulu, Golden Quarries and New Accident. During its life time a total of 23, 000 kg of gold was produced from 2, 626,671 tonnes of ore, with an average recovery of 8.7 g/t. It was probably the most extensive ancient workings in the country.

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The Sanyati Expedition 1959

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The Sanyati Expedtion 1959

During the August holidays, 1959, a party of nineteen schoolboys, including eleven from Que Que High School and eight adults spent twelve days camping on the banks of the Sanyati River about forty miles from Kariba. Their purpose was to collect scientific data for the Midlands Branch of the Rhodesian Schools Exploration society which arranged the expedition. The party travelled in two five ton trucks one of which had been kindly lent by the Globe and Pheonix Mine and the other by Mr. C. Fletcher. The rout to the base camp was long and tedious and very hot. the journey took two days, and on the first day we had cold lunch at Gokwe and slept the night at a Native Commisionsers Camp, nicknamed “Picadilly Circus” some sixty miles north of Gokwe.

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The Annual Yom Ha’atzmaut Picnic

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The Annual Yom Ha’atzmaut Picnic 1960

The Phillipsons had escaped Hitler’s Germany just before the war. They settled in Que Que. They were the only Jews from Germany. Starting with a butchery in due course they bought Forestvale Farm on the Bembezaan River, which became renowned, with prize bulls imported from England.

My brother Brian and their son Elmer were best friends and our family used to visit Forestvale. We’d tour the farm before it got too hot and then settle down in their big screened-in verandah to Sunday breakfast of the very best steak and eggs.

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The River Spirit from the Back of Beyond

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River Spirit from the Back of Beyond Enters the World Flower Show at the World Trade Center in Boston.

Nyaminyami the BaTonga Spirit of the Zambezi River with the head of a fish and the body of a serpent ruled peacefully for centuries from Mosi-0-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) (Victoria Falls) all the way downstream to Kariba Gorge (the Trap) until…

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Rabbi Ehrman was a Real Mensch

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Rabbi Ehrman was a Real Mensch

Que Que’s Jewish community had a history going back to Rhodesia’s inception when Rhodes’ British South Africa Company was granted a charter by the British Government. The first service was conducted in 1905 by a local trader, Mr. H. Liptz with books and scrolls on loan from the Bulawayo congregation.

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