Lessons for Life

Lessons for Life

Tim Hughes decided to leave his first job with Ronny McLean in the lower Gwelo district and visit is beloved Aunty Joanie and his Uncle Brian Freyberg farming on the slopes of Killimanjaro.

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Introduction to the Real World

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Introduction to the Real World

At the end of 1956 seventeen years old Tim Hughes passed his Cambridge School Certificate, bade farewell to his Plumtree School friends and commenced work for his father, Gervas, on the farm outside Que Que. As a trainee assistant manager, he was paid thirty shillings a month (the same as the lowest African employee). He received free board and lodging, clothing and use of the family car as he had a girlfriend in town.

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Efficient Fishing

Efficient Fishing
Tim and his friends, ‘The Gang’, went fishing in local dams around Plumtree. The goal was to obtain as many fish as possible in the shortest time.

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“My Greatest Desire”

“My Greatest Desire”
Alfred Beit had initiative, good judgement and generosity. His legacy is uncontaminated, unlike his friend Rhodes whom he assisted so much.
There is a memorial to him at the entrance to the School of Mines at the Imperial College, London. His trust bequeathed 1.2 million pounds to develop the infrastructure of Rhodesia. He contributed to the famous bridges over the Zambezi, Limpopo, and Sabi rivers. Plumtree School has its Beit Hall.

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A New Tyre Becomes Old

A New Tyre Becomes Old

Tim Hughes and his friend Ian arrived on their bicycles at his Uncle John’s, the Divisional Commissioner of northern and western Bechuanaland, in Francistown. He was horrified that they had biked through man-eating lion country. Corrine, his beautiful wife, gave them a wonderful dinner. In the morning Uncle John put them on the mail train with enough money to travel to Jack Chase the Lion Hunter in Mahalapye and return to Bulawayo.

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Lionhearts

Lionhearts

In the winter of 1956, Jack Chase, the lion hunter, invited Tim to spend a week of his school holidays to see the Central Kalahari, West of Mahalapye in Bechuanaland. Tim made a plan with Ian, a Gang member.

At end of the school term the two friends took their grids (bicycles) with them on the train to Bulawayo and cycled to Ian’s home. They spent the next week mostly at The Bulawayo Museum where a friend of Ian’s worked. Ian collected beetles and even found one unknown to science that was named after him.

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