A Hirsch Holiday

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A Hirsch Holiday

Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) is landlocked. Geographically it had always been well defined naturally, with great rivers bordering it, north and south. To the west was semi desert and to the east the beautiful Eastern Highlands falling away to Portuguese East Africa (PEA) and the sea.

Everyone went hunting, or more often fishing, on the weekends to the local watering spots. Tiger fishing was the ultimate sport fish, but there was bream for good eating and 75 lb. vundu, the bottom feeders, to be landed. But we never had these normal kinds of weekends.

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Perseverance Pays Off

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Perseverance Pays Off

Some days, months and even whole years slip by uneventfully and we wonder, looking back, what ever happened to them. Occasional ones are banner years: 1953 was one of those, not just for our family but for Southern Rhodesia as a whole. With ‘unity is strength’ in mind we joined forces with Northern Rhodesia and charitably, as well, with poor Nyasaland and made a Federation. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother came to open the Central African Rhodes Centenary Exhibition in Bulawayo. It was a top hat and tails affair to celebrate just how far we had come as a country since Rhodes’ pioneer column first marched into Matabeleland with his privately raised British South Africa Police (BSAP) force in 1890.

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Thinking Big

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Thinking Big

At the very first council meeting, Dad presented his case, proposing that the municipality undertake maintenance for a swimming bath to be constructed with State Lottery funding, for which my mother and the high school headmaster had successfully petitioned. There being no seconder, the motion fell away without discussion. He had five other motions that fell away.

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Change

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Change

It was 1947 when Dad resolved to run for office. The issue was the preemptory rejection, by the Mayor, of Mom’s proposal to council for a municipal swimming bath for Que Que. She and the High School Headmaster had secured the funding for it from state lotteries.

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Challenge

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Challenge

The Globe and Phoenix Mine gave us everything we needed: jobs, houses, Que Que Stores to meet our material needs and wants and the club which had a bar, billiards, bridge and a library. There was also year round tennis, cricket in the summer, rugby in the winter and swimming ten months in the year.

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An Unavoidable Disease?

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An Unavoidable Disease?

Mom wished she had never grown up and remained fourteen forever. She wanted to prolong the first stage of teenagedom through Guiding for every girl she could. They were such a joy to work with then: helpful, cheerful and keen to learn.

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