Personal Communications

Ulyate Family

Book ID 723

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Marjorie Borissow
Page Number: 100
Extract Date: 16 June 2003

Ulyate Family - Arusha School 1959 - 1965

Just found your website. Well done.. Loved all the photos, brought back wonderful memories.

All my family and relations went to Arusha School at some stage during our early lives in Africa. Ulyate, Borissow, Barratt. There are a lot of us!

My grandparents and family used to own the New Arusha Hotel, and the Lion Cub Hotel in Moshi.

Great to see David Reads name as a contributor. A wonderful man.

Cyril Hampshire and Bryn Jones were the 2 headmasters in my time.

I do have a photo of Bryn Jones and Mr Rush taken when we were attempting to climb Mt Meru.

Would love to hear more and make contact with anyone who may remember us

Marjorie Borissow & Nigel Borissow

Southport, Queensland Australia

Dear Marjorie

Thank you so much for your email and your feedback about the web site.

By co-incidence I had an email at the same time from Marion Langham (nee Barratt) a granddaughter of Ray Ulyate. Do you know each other, and are you all part of the same extended family?

Can you give me any more information about your family and their times in the New Arusha Hotel. Obviously I'd like to put as much as possible on the web, but if there is anything you would prefer was not published, do let me know and I'll respect the request.

You may also have noticed that I don't publish email addresses on the web site, but I'm very happy to put people in touch if you see any names for which you think I might have the contact details.

I've just returned from a trip to Arusha, notable for several things.

One was a visit to the rebuilt New Arusha Hotel. Sadly now it looks much like any other hotel in the world, with it's open polished lobby, and function rooms. The outside, especially away from the street, is more interesting, and the gardens still have some charm. Do you remember it all?

I met a South African Lady who is a manager from the hotel chain which now own/run it, and she had little interest in it's history, although there were two small framed pictures in the lobby (both of which are on my web site).

But I did meet others who were interested in the history of the New Arusha Hotel, and we had fun trying to work out when it may have been built - and by whom. Just about everything I know is on the web site, so I wont repeat it.

I also paid a visit to Arusha School, and was shown around by a couple of teachers and met the headmaster. Very please to see an old boy - even if it was from 50 years ago! Fabric of the place is much the same - even the swimming pool is still there - now empty. Some of the roof tiles have been replaced by tin roofs, and the classes which taught about 300 kids now struggle with 1300.

I saw them again a couple of days later at a cross-country inter schools event, which won! The tradition of pupils climbing Meru still continues.

One of the teachers was delighted to hear about the web site and pleased that old pupils are taking an interest in the school.

I also nearly met David Read - who is still going strong - I met his neighbour, and we tried to arrange lunch, but it didn't work out.

Cyril Hamshere was "my headmaster" and I'm sure Bryn Jones was a teacher in my time. Nay photos you are able to send would be wonderful.

Thanks again for your feedback, and I look forward to any more information that you can offer.

With best wishes

David

David Marsh

www.nTZ.info for information about Northern Tanzania

Harwell, England

Extract ID: 4334

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Marjorie Borissow
Page Number: 101
Extract Date: 11/07/2003

Arusha School

Hi David

Many thanks for your very interesting email.

To answer a couple of your questions yes I am related to Marion Langham. She is my first cousin. Do pass on my email to her if you are in contact.

Our grandparents were Raymond and Marjorie Ulyate (nee Rooken-Smith). Their families were part of the original settlers that landed in South Africa in 1820. My grandfather and his family then went on and became some of the first pioneers around Kajabe in Kenya.

Grandpa started taking people out on safari in the early 1900's. He worked for Newlands & Tarlton He even gets a mention in Theodore Roosevelts Book ńfrican Game Trails" That was on the safari in 1910 .

Grandpa bought Meru Estate near Lake Duluti after the first world war. When enemy property farms were being sold (German). They had that until a Mr K V Painter - an American persuaded him to sell the farm and take over the New Arusha Hotel (It was built opposite "'old man Blooms Arusha hotel" )

Reading from some of Mums notes she remembers that they had The Prince of Wales (first name in the visitors book) attended the opening ball in 1928. So I guess it was around this time the hotel opened.

See the article I am sending. I have heaps of other bit and pieces.

Following are a couple of photos of the hotel and an original postcard with the sign that my Grandpa wrote. I even have a Coloured letterhead of the hotel written to my mother 26 July 1930 .

Raymond and Marjorie had six children.

Jack,

Vivian (my mother who married Boris Borissow)

Thora (Marions Mother who married Oswald Barratt)

Ken,

Malham &

Ted (William)

I think Malham & Ted went to the school and most of the offspring went to Arusha School at some stage.(About 32 of us)

Ted's Wife - Kay Ulyate ran the Sanitorium for a long time. Many a day was spent there with measles, chicken pox or whatever.

Grandpa sold the New Arusha Hotel to their daughter Thora Barratt and also sold their other hotel the Lion Cub at Moshi to my mother Vivian Borissow.

I am sure Marion knows heaps more of the history than I do. I was one of the babies in the family!

Sorry the photos of the school are not too good. Colour has faded. Bryn Jones is the man sitting down, on mount Meru also in the fancy dress photo. Remember those! The 2 sitting at the top were one of the teachers. I wil try and track down my autograph book and then I will be able to tell you some of the names of the teachers at that time. Mrs Bennett was the art teacher I think.

I am glad to hear all your news about the school. What on earth took you back to Arusha and remind me again where you presently live.

I have just spent an hour hunting around. So time has got away.

Take care and please keep in touch and I dont mind you passing on my email to anyone who may remember me.

Marjorie Borissow

PS I caught up with a video made from old cine film taken of one of grandpas safaris. Rare footage.

Extract ID: 4339

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Marjorie Borissow
Page Number: 102
Extract Date: 1950's


Sorry the photos of the school are not too good. Colour has faded. Bryn Jones is the man sitting down, on mount Meru also in the fancy dress photo. Remember those! The 2 sitting at the top were one of the teachers. I will try and track down my autograph book and then I will be able to tell you some of the names of the teachers at that time. Mrs Bennett was the art teacher I think.

Extract ID: 4340

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Marjorie Borissow
Page Number: 103
Extract Date: 1950's


Sorry the photos of the school are not too good. Colour has faded. Bryn Jones is the man sitting down, on mount Meru also in the fancy dress photo. Remember those! The 2 sitting at the top were one of the teachers. I will try and track down my autograph book and then I will be able to tell you some of the names of the teachers at that time. Mrs Bennett was the art teacher I think.

Extract ID: 4341

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Marjorie Borissow
Page Number: 104
Extract Date: 1950's


Sorry the photos of the school are not too good. Colour has faded. Bryn Jones is the man sitting down, on mount Meru also in the fancy dress photo. Remember those! The 2 sitting at the top were one of the teachers. I will try and track down my autograph book and then I will be able to tell you some of the names of the teachers at that time. Mrs Bennett was the art teacher I think.

Extract ID: 4342

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Marjorie Borissow
Page Number: 105
Extract Date: 1950's


Sorry the photos of the school are not too good. Colour has faded. Bryn Jones is the man sitting down, on mount Meru also in the fancy dress photo. Remember those! The 2 sitting at the top were one of the teachers. I will try and track down my autograph book and then I will be able to tell you some of the names of the teachers at that time. Mrs Bennett was the art teacher I think.

Extract ID: 4343

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Marjorie Borissow
Page Number: 106
Extract Date: 1950's


Sorry the photos of the school are not too good. Colour has faded. Bryn Jones is the man sitting down, on mount Meru also in the fancy dress photo. Remember those! The 2 sitting at the top were one of the teachers. I wil try and track down my autograph book and then I will be able to tell you some of the names of the teachers at that time. Mrs Bennett was the art teacher I think.

Extract ID: 4344

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: anon
Page Number: 107
Extract Date: 1953

'Piece of History' to vanish

cutting sent by Marjorie Borissow

The news that the New Arusha Hotel is to be rebuilt has met with a certain sadness as well as pleasure.

Of course, the town is pleased that the African Tours and Hotels Ltd. has so much faith in the future of the tourist industry that it is willing to go on with the plans to rebuild the hotel and spend somewhere in the region of £110,000 in the process.

The sadness comes with the disappearance of a "piece of history". How changed life will be when it is no longer possible to sit on the verandah of the "New A" and watch the world go by as one waits for a friend or a bus or just waits!

Royal Reception

Thousands of tourists and V.I.P.'s have passed through the New Arusha and hundreds of dances and dinners have been held there. The first function held in fact took place before it was opened - a dance and reception for the Prince of Wales in December, 1927, the hotel being officially opened the following January.

The New owner was Mr. K.V. Painter an American who leased it to Mr Ray Ulyate. The name New Arusha arose because there had already been an Arusha Hotel across the road owned and run by Jane and Goodall Bloom.

Mr Ulyate started what is believed to be the first safaris by camera at the hotel when he formed his Tanganyika big game and tourist organisation, offereing a seven-day photographic safari in the Serengeti.

Extract ID: 4345

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Marjorie Borissow
Page Number: 108

letterhead of the hotel

I even have a Coloured letterhead of the hotel written to my mother 26 July 1930 .

Extract ID: 4346

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Marjorie Borissow
Page Number: 109


Following are a couple of photos of the hotel . . .

Extract ID: 4347

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Marjorie Borissow
Page Number: 110


Following are a couple of photos of the hotel . . .

Extract ID: 4348

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Marjorie Borissow
Page Number: 111


. . . and an original postcard with the sign that my Grandpa wrote

Extract ID: 4349

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Marjorie Borissow
Page Number: 112
Extract Date: 2005 03 14

The Coffee Tree Inn

Thank you again for all the wonderful work you have done on the website. It is quite amazing. I just had a look through all the latest feedback and there is so much from people that I was at school with. Jane Holten was definitely one of them so no doubt I am in that photo somewhere. I am sure that I still have many letters from Rolf Trappe too when I was at Loreto and he was overseas! Oh boy.. I must dig out that autograph book and give you some more names.

I was really interested in the feedback from Helen Grazier nee Goode about her grandfather and the clocktower. In her feed back she mentions the The Coffee Tree Inn, being built by him. My mother Vivian Walker- Nee Ulyate used to own that hotel and when she had it it was called "The Lion Cub Hotel" and I have a lovely old cine/video of the family around that home. It was of course my first home when I was born in the 1951.

Keep up the wonderful work and I have attached a couple more photos for your records. These are of the Lion cub in Moshi which I believe is now run as a backpackers hotel. (I have the actual photographs).

Extract ID: 5021

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Marjorie Borissow
Page Number: 113
Extract Date: 1950's

The Coffee Tree Inn

Extract ID: 5022

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Marjorie Borissow
Page Number: 114
Extract Date: 1950's

The Coffee Tree Inn

Extract ID: 5023

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Marjorie Borissow
Page Number: 115


I accidently added the extra photos of myself, brother Michael and my parents Vivian (nee Ulyate) and Boris outside the Livingstone Hotel in Moshi. The other shots were taken on the farm (Sunray) at Weru Weru. At least you know what we look like now.

I would be very interested to know if anyone can fill me in with my fathers war days.

His name is Arthur Herbert Borissow (Boris) he was in the KAR 6th battalion which went to Abyssinia, Ceylon and Burma. He was a Major and won the Military Cross in Burma in 1941-42. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Extract ID: 5024

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Marjorie Borissow
Page Number: 116

Arthur Herbert Borissow

I would be very interested to know if anyone can fill me in with my fathers war days.

His name is Arthur Herbert Borissow (Boris) he was in the KAR 6th battalion which went to Abyssinia, Ceylon and Burma. He was a Major and won the Military Cross in Burma in 1941-42. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Extract ID: 5025

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Marjorie Borissow
Page Number: 117
Extract Date: 1940's

The Ulyate Clan, Ted & Kays Wedding, 1940's

Left to Right. Jack, Vivian, (My mother) Ray, (Grand Pa) Kay, Ted, Marjorie, (Granny Ann) Kenyon, Thora and Malham.

Only Ted and Kay are still alive today. Very frail and living in South Africa. Ted and Malham are the 2 whose names appear on the boards in the Arusha School dining room. Sadly most of that generation are no longer with us (March 2005). Kay used to be the school matron

Extract ID: 5026

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Marjorie Borissow
Page Number: 118
Extract Date: 1940's

The Ulyate Clan, Ted & Kays Wedding, 1940's

Extract ID: 5027

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Marion Langham
Page Number: 200
Extract Date: 22 June 2003

Ray Ulyate

I was delighted to find this site as Ray Ulyate was my Grandfather. My mother bought the New Arusha Hotel from my Grandfather and we lived there until 1947 when my parents sold the hotel and moved to a farm called Gararagua at Sanya Juu.

One of Ray's sons is still alive he lives in South Africa.

Kind regards

Marion

Lady Langham

nee Barratt

Dear Marion

Thank you so much for your comments about the web site. I hope you will continue to find things there that interest you, just as they do me.

I've just returned from a trip to Arusha, notable for several things.

One was a visit to the rebuilt New Arusha Hotel. Sadly now it looks much like any other hotel in the world, with it's open polished lobby, and function rooms. The outside, especially away from the street, is more interesting, and the gardens still have some charm. Do you remember it all?

I met a South African Lady who is a manager from the hotel chain which now own/run it, and she had little interest in it's history, although there were two small framed pictures in the lobby (both of which are on my web site).

But I did meet others who were interested in the history of the New Arusha Hotel, and we had fun trying to work out when it may have been built - and by whom. Just about everything I know is on the web site, so I wont repeat it.

Also in Arusha I stayed with someone whose father is at Kifafu Farm, also in Sanya Juu. I don't know how long he's been there, but have emailed to find out more.

I wonder if you have more information about the origins of the Hotel, and how and when your grandfather came to run it.

I'd be grateful for any information you are able to find for me. Obviously I'd like to put as much as possible on the web, but if there is anything you would prefer was not published, do let me know and I'll respect the request.

One of our mysteries is to understand more about a man called Kenyon Painter. One source implies that he "built" the hotel - he certainly invested a lot in the area. On this trip I discovered a stained glass window to his memory in the Anglican Church. Does the name mean anything to you?

And lastly, a few days before your email I heard from a Marjorie Borissow (now in Australia) who was at Arusha School from 1959 - 1965. She says that "My grandparents and family used to own the New Arusha Hotel, and the Lion Cub Hotel in Moshi." Are you all part of the same large family?

Thanks again for your feedback, and I look forward to any more information that you can offer.

With best wishes

David

David Marsh

www.nTZ.info for information about Northern Tanzania

Harwell, England

Extract ID: 4335

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Marion Langham
Page Number: 201
Extract Date: 24/06/2003

Ray Ulyate

Thank you so much for you email. It warms my heart to hear of people talking about Arusha, Moshi and of course Sanya Juu I wish I had been with you on your visit to Africa.

I will ramble a bit just writing what comes into my mind.

Ray Ulyate had six children four boys and two girls - My mother was Thora and Marjorie Borissow is the daughter of my mother's sister Vivian so we are cousins. I sent the URL of your Site to several of my cousins and may be that is how Marjorie found the Site. Ray's eldest son's (Jack) wife is still alive she lives in New Zealand and although she is either 90 or just off it she is very interesting and I am sure will be able to tell us why Ray built the hotel.

Did you see the clock just beside the hotel, it is in the "round about". Well Ray calculated that this was exactly half way between the Cape and Cairo and the center of East Africa (as it was then). I have in my possession writing paper from the New Arusha Hotel from the time when my parents owned it. I do know that my parents had to buy the hotel from Ray and found paying for it quite difficult. Dad went to the war and Mum had to run the hotel on her own. Why and how Ray built the Lion Cub Hotel in Moshi is a mystery. I think it was the nicer hotel of the two it had so much character. I remember the hotel totally every detail practically.

I have always wanted to collect information on the family and write a book, I think it is all so interesting. There is so much written about Kenya but there was a different side.

I will find out more for you but I sort of think that Ray built the hotel for one of his American White Hunting clients and when it was ready the person decided not to take it so Ray had to keep it.

I don't know about Kenyon but probably some relation and one of my uncles was called Kenyon I will be able to find out.

Out of curiosity, how did you get into al this?

For the moment.

Kind regards

Marion

PS Where do you live?

Dear Marion

Thanks so much for the "ramblings", and helping to piece things together. So many questions I could ask, but I'll wait to see what else you are able to uncover.

My friend from Arusha got back to say he knows Garagarua; it is basically below Kifufu (his father's farm) on the now non-existent Garagarua River. The farm is, sadly, basically extinct. He says that there is an old Greek farmer, Marios Gikas, who may remember back to the times when you where there - when did you leave?

As for me, I live in England, near Oxford. I gave up my "day job" three years ago so as to specialise in doing web site for safari companies. Really just an excuse to travel to Africa as often as I can. I was in Arusha this time primarily for a Tourism Trade Fair (and the cocktail party in the New Arusha!!), but I do about 8 web sites for people in and around Arusha (and more from other countries). Almost too many because it doesn't give me enough time to work on the nTZ web site.

You mention the Clock Tower - Another question I am trying to answer is to find out when the clock tower was built, and by whom. The note my mother wrote on a photo of the tower says "donated by a Greek", and others have suggested some possible names, but nothing definite. All part of the fun. Did you see the Coronation photos on the web site, which include a (slightly fuzzy) image of the tower with a huge crown on the top of it. The New Hotel uses the compass points as it's logo, and makes mention of the fact that this is because of it's position, but I couldn't see the sign which I remember from the 50's, or any more obvious use of the fact in the promotional stuff.

Thanks again, and I look forward to any more information and memories you may have.

Best wishes

David

Extract ID: 4336

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Dave Ulyate
Page Number: 300
Extract Date: 28/06/2003

New Arusha Hotel

Received an email from Marjorie Borrisow (my cousin) about your web site.

The site is very interesting, I had actually seen extracts before somewhere along the line. The information on my Grandfather Ray Ulyate is of great interest seeing that he passed away when I was approx. 2 yrs old & so never knew him, but as a child I had the privilege of seeing many of the movies that he shot in the Serengeti etc & some of the comments brought back good memories.

The articles on the New Arusha Hotel are of great interest also, as like Marj. I also went to school at Arusha, and then worked there for 2 years after leaving school. During this time I had the great privilege of working in the Serengeti for 2 months.

In my collection of photo's I came across this old - very old one and think you may be interested in using it. It is of the New Arusha Hotel & judging by the billboard the date in the right hand top corner is May 3. The year must be 1935 as that was the year of King George V's Silver Jubilee. My brother Bryan worked as assistant manager in the 60's at the Hotel & was probably the last Ulyate to do so, as shortly thereafter my Aunt - Thora Barrat (Marion Langham's mother) sold the Hotel.

One of my fondest memories of the old hotel was an enormous painting on one wall in the main dining room. It was of Africa from Arusha to the Cape. There were others of animals these were all done by an artist who paid his board by doing so. I left Tanzania in 1967 & have not returned since.

My parents farmed at Sanya Juu not to far from where "Hatari" was filmed.

Enough said at the moment as time is of essence.

Regards

Dave Ulyate.

Extract ID: 4337

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Margaret Thompson
Page Number: 400
Extract Date: 28/06/2003

R.R.Ulyate

Ray Ulyate was my Maternal grandfather, I was fascinated to find him on the WEB, thanks to a sister who lives in London. I would be interested in keeping in touch if you care to contact me. As you see, I live in Australia but I do have a few photos.

I know that he exhibited movies at the Edinburgh Festival just prior to the war breaking out, I believe that film then shown was either lost to torpedoes, or bombing.

Extract ID: 4338

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Margaret Thompson
Page Number: 401
Extract Date: 2007 02 18

Margaret Thompson nee Barratt Oldest of Thora's Children

I was interested to read Marjories recollections, I haven't been able to access this site for some time due to isp probs'

Ted's Name was Winton not William

The Hotel was built an owned by Painters who sold it on to Grandfather.

Ray was the First White Hunter to put down his gun and run hunting with Camera Safaris in East Africa. He would pick up his clients from Dar es Salaam, drive up through the Serengetti and back through Arusha finally to Mombasa where they would go aboard their ship for travel to Europe. Mostly the British India Line, sometimes the Union Castle Lines, but all before air travel.

He took Roosevelt on at least one safari

His movies won awards at the Edinburgh Festival just before the second world war broke out, the film was allegedly lost at sea although some shots were later recognised as being from that film.

Ray was also a brilliant experimental cook, he loved to try out pickles etc.

He had a wonderful imagination and I own the Mural that he had painted by Lone Oak (a tramp who walked from Cape to Cairo and Cairo to the Cape - he would be worth investigating as he was a brilliant Painter and left a legacy of beautiful murals on many homes in the Ol Donyo Sambu area)

The Mural I own depicts the Northern Province of Tanganyika as seen from 20,ooo feet up, drawn & painted just after ww1, it is remarkably accurate and shows what a detailed knowledge grandpa had of the district.

I am the oldest of Thora & Oswald Barrat's Children.

Bryn Jones was the Minister for the Church of England in Arusha, used to wear football shorts and boots under his cassock at church

Extract ID: 5178

external link

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Bob Walker
Page Number: 500
Extract Date: 24/10/2003

My family lived in Northern Tanzania

Mr Marsh, Hi

Here is some more information you may add to your site.

In my possession are numerous bits of information on Northern Tanzania. Some of the comments by others on the site are not truely accurate. My family lived in Northern Tanzania from 1923 - to nationalisation in 1973 some fifty years. Should you require further information I would be only too happy to oblige.

Kind Regards.

Bob Walker

Dear Bob

Please forgive me because it is nearly a month since you sent me your amazing email, so full of interesting information.

I have only recently returned from a trip to Tanzania, and Arusha, and since then have been overwhelmed by all the work I have had to catch up on.

Your email has given me a new impetus to update the web site. Iíve got lots of new information to add, much of which I picked up on the recent trip. The more answers one finds, the more questions get raised.

I went round the New New Arusha Hotel (now renamed as the Arusha Hotel). Itís OK, and Iím sure it will do well, but it looks much like any other hotel in the world, and Iím sure lacks much of the appeal that the older building retained. But theyíve kept a fair bit of the gardens, still going down to the Themi river, and we had an entertaining half hour being shown round by the head gardener, who proudly identified all the flowering plants that he had planted, but who couldnít remember the name of the massive tree right by the side of the road and the new buildings, which fortunately they have managed to retain.

When in Arusha I met David Read, who has written several biographies about his life and times, including being at Arusha School before the war. Iím sure you or your family will remember him. He was able to answer a question I have had for a long time - who built the clock tower, and when. According to David it was just after the war (II) by a Greek man called Gallanos.

Another man I would love to know more about is Kenyon Painter, who you mention in your accounts. There is some information about him already on the web site. I saw a memorial stained glass window to him, on the left of the sanctuary in Christ Church Arusha ("To the glory of God and in memory of Kenyon Vickers Painter who died 20th March 1940"). Perhaps it was your family that donated the window.

I hope to have another update of the web site done before the end of the year, and I thank you again for sending me so much interesting information, and allowing me to use it.

With best wishes

David

Extract ID: 4477

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Page Number: 501
Extract Date: 1937

1937 New Arusha Hotel

Extract ID: 4478

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Page Number: 502
Extract Date: 1953

'Piece of History' to vanish

The news that the New Arusha Hotel is to be rebuilt has met with a certain sadness as well as pleasure.

Of course, the town is pleased that the African Tours and Hotels Ltd. has so much faith in the future of the tourist industry that it is willing to go on with the plans to rebuild the hotel and spend somewhere in the region of £110,000 in the process.

The sadness comes with the disappearance of a "piece of history". How changed life will be when it is no longer possible to sit on the verandah of the "New A" and watch the world go by as one waits for a friend or a bus or just waits!

Royal Reception

Thousands of tourists and V.I.P.'s have passed through the New Arusha and hundreds of dances and dinners have been held there. The first function held in fact took place before it was opened - a dance and reception for the Prince of Wales in December, 1927, the hotel being officially opened the following January.

The New owner was Mr. K.V. Painter an American who leased it to Mr Ray Ulyate. The name New Arusha arose because there had already been an Arusha Hotel across the road owned and run by Jane and Goodall Bloom.

Mr Ulyate started what is believed to be the first safaris by camera at the hotel when he formed his Tanganyika big game and tourist organisation, offereing a seven-day photographic safari in the Serengeti.

Extract ID: 4479

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Page Number: 503

Original Photos by C Kearton in New Arusha lounge

Extract ID: 4480

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Bob Walker
Page Number: 504a

Ulyate family history

Ulyate family history pertaining to Arusha era as told to me by my mother the late Vivien (Nee) Ulyate, Walker, Borissow. Included are some of earliest recollections of my own childhood growing up in Northern Tanganyika (Tanzania).

Extract ID: 4737

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Bob Walker
Page Number: 504b

Arriving in Arusha

Grandfather Ray Ulyate was to leave Elmenteita in Kenya in 1923 for Arusha with his young family. He was to purchase a Custodian of Enemy Property coffee farm, Meru Estate outside of Arusha at Lake Duluti. During the (1939-45) war a part of the farm was to become a Polish refugee camp [Tengeru?]. Today the farm is the Headquarters of the Tanzania Department of National Parks and Wild Life

Grandfather Ray was to farm at Meru Estate until 1928 when the coffee market prices and world recession made it virtually impossible for him to carry on farming.

Extract ID: 4743

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Bob Walker
Page Number: 504c

Building the New Arusha Hotel

An American Mr. K V Painter started building the New Arusha Hotel in 1927 on the south side of clock tower at its present location. Arusha already had the Arusha Hotel located on the right hand corner of the road leading up to the Boma. It was owned by Jane and Goodall Bloom. My mother had vivid recollections of those days.

Grand father Ray was to lease the New Arusha Hotel in 1928 from K V Painter who during the same period purchased Meru Estate from Ray. The opening ball of the Hotel was attended by the Prince of Wales Edward the eighth (the un-crowned King.) The Hotel register with the Prince of Wales signature remains in the possession of some member of the family! The register was treasured by my late Grandmother Marjorie Ann Ulyate.

On the sale of Meru Estate Grandfather Ray was to start the Safari Company Tanganyika Big Game and Tourist Organization operating out of the New Arusha Hotel. The company was to become well known for its six day Safariís to the Ngoronogoro Crater and Serengeti Plains and brought world renown to the lions. Grandfather Ray was to take many famous people on photographic Safariís.

Extract ID: 4744

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Bob Walker
Page Number: 504d

Tanganyika Big Game and Tourist Organization

Grandfather Ray started his hunting career in Kenya working for a big Safari company called Newlands and Tarlton operating out of Nairobi. While this experience gave him the safari back ground it was his love for wild life photography that was to lead to the formation of TBG & Tourist Organization in Arusha

His second eldest son my late Uncle Kenyon was to work for his father Ray as a Professional Hunter becoming involved in the Safari business. On completion of his education Rayís youngest son my Uncle Ted was also taken into the company .Grand father Ray during this period was to take numerous cinematographic films of wild life in particular of Lions

TBG & Tourist Organization operated until the outbreak of war in 1939 when operations ceased

Extract ID: 4745

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Bob Walker
Page Number: 504e

Sanya Juu

Rayís eldest son my late Uncle Jack was initially to help in the running of the New Arusha Hotel. He also started and managed a Bus Service between Arusha and Nairobi, A horrendous trek in those days.

He was to meet his wife The Lady Hilda Borrick during that period. They married and moved to a ranch (CEP Enemy Property farm) at Sanya Juu. Because of her pregnancy and malaria attacks affecting my Aunt Hilda they were forced to leave Sanya Juu for Nykuru in Kenya. I distinctly remember this period of my life .Probably my earliest recollection which must have been in 1939- 1940.

The farm was located in thick bush. The house was typically German colonial style built out of local rock. It was some where below John Goodmanís farm and Sanya Juu. Possibly "Bob the Poles" ranch before nationalization took place in 1973.

I never returned to that particular farm since childhood

Extract ID: 4746

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Bob Walker
Page Number: 504f

Coffee Tree Inn

In 1938 Grandfather Ray Ulyate bought the Coffee Tree Inn in Moshi and renamed it 'The Lion Cub'. My parents who were part owners were to manage the hotel during the war. It was sold in the early 50,s and renamed the Ridgeway Hotel. Today it is owned by the Lutheran Church and on the main was exactly as I remembered it. My mother was to do extensive alterations to the property when the family had it including setting up extensive gardens. During the war years it was watering hole for the local troops and those troops in transit from Southern Africa.

We had two African Grey parrots in the bar that were very adapt at picking up soldiers choice profound vernacular.

It is sad to note that on completion of the Stirling Astaldi road between Moshi and Arusha which was laid two to three kilometers south of the old orginal road. The Lion Cub was to suffer from lack of clients which forced its sale closure. It never ever recovered its previous trade especially after the construction and opening of the Livingstone Hotel in Moshi.

Extract ID: 4747

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Bob Walker
Page Number: 504g

Beautiful gardens

Grandfather Rayís other daughter and her husband Ossie Barratt were to help with the management and running of the New Arusha Hotel during the latter half of the 30,s and into the 40,s

Granny Anne and daughter Thora developed the outstanding beautiful gardens of the hotel on completion of the building phase during the 30,s. Many of the plants came from the Ammani Research station located in the Usambara Mts near Tanga. I would often see Granny Anne and Thora working in that garden. A vivid recollection of that period was the number of fiery ants in the garden. Always getting bitten by them. Hop scotch was the name of the game.

Extract ID: 4748

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Bob Walker
Page Number: 504h
Extract Date: 1940's

Memories of the New Arusha Hotel

My memories of the New Arusha Hotel were;

A lounge over looking a sunking dinning room. Above the lounge was my Grand parents accommodation, Either side of the lounge and in the dinning room were placed original photographs taken by wild life naturalist Cherry Kearton. The first ever Flash light photographs depicting a Lion and Rhino were amongst the photographs displayed there.

The dinning room walls had a painting of the whole of the East African valley designed by Grand father Ray and painted by a down and out painter looking for work. It was commissioned during the depression years.

The verandah of the hotel over looked the car park. Often seen Safari Trucks and farmers vehicles parked outside especially during lunch times. Wednesdays were farmerís Market days when produce was laid out on tables to be sold. In those days The New Arusha Hotel was always a hive of activity.

Outside the Hotel was a signed board marking the centre of the East African Territories and half way between Cape to Cairo.

A very large wild fig tree branch taken from Meru Estate was planted on the corner of the Hotel. It grew into an enormous tree.

The Hotel was sold to the African Tours and Hotel Group in 1947. Ray and Anne Ulyate moved to the Lion Cub Hotel to be with my Mother. Grand father was suffering from ill health at the time and was to pass away in 1948

Extract ID: 4749

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Bob Walker
Page Number: 504i
Extract Date: 1947

Ulyate family movements: Oswald

Oswald, Thora Barratt and family moved to Gararagwa Estate Sanya Juu in 1947 having purchased the property from a Mrs. Tobler. . (The old lady had a house right next door to the Lion Cub Hotel.) The Barratt family lived on the farm until Nationalization in 1973)

Oswald was to pass away in the late sixties. Most of the children immigrated to Australia or UK. Oswaldís son and family moved to South Africa. . Peter was murder in East London RSA in the 1980,s

Extract ID: 4750

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Bob Walker
Page Number: 504j
Extract Date: 1940-41

Ulyate family movements: Jack

Rayís eldest son Jack moved with his family up to Elmenteita early in 1940-41. They managed a ranch right next door to Lion Hill which overlooks Lake Nakuru. From there the family moved to the Stags Head Hotel in Nakuru before purchasing a farm Hadfield on the road to Thompsonís falls. The family was to stay at Hadfield until the end of the Mau Mau rebellion. Immigrating to South Africa and then on to New Zealand.

Extract ID: 4751

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Bob Walker
Page Number: 504k

Ulyate family movements: Vivien

Vivien (my mother) married my father in 1935 in Nairobi. At the time father had left the Police. Both my Mother and Father were to manage the Namanga River hotel., Father was made a "Justice of the Peace" and "Game Warden" for southern Maasailand, which included what is now Amboseli National Park ( I have the original appointment papers.)

I was conceived during the Namanga period. Because of my pending birth and the remoteness of the area my father managed to land a job with Hughís Motors in Eldoret as a salesman. After my birth Grand father Ray offered my mother the Lion Cub Hotel in Moshi. At the out-break of war my father joined the 1St Battalion 6th KAR

We moved to Moshi in the latter half of 1938. I was to spend most of my primary years in Moshi between the Lion Cub Hotel and Waru Waru Farm (EX CEP). After the war my mother was to purchase another farm in conjunction with Grand father Ray, they named the farm "Sunray" .My folk separated in 1946, my father returned to England. My mother was to re-marry in 1947.

Extract ID: 4752

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Bob Walker
Page Number: 504l

Ulyate family movements: Kenyon Ulyate

Kenyon Ulyate, Rayís second son on cessation of the Safari Company joined the East African military command.

Because of his knowledge of East African farming conditions he was appointed office in-charge of the wheat scheme in the Ngare Nairobi -West Kilimanjaro area. Using Italian POW,s vast tracks of land was plowed and planted up with wheat using Farmall Equipment from America. With the ending of the war Kenyon was allocated 5000 acres of farm land by the then colonial government.

The family was to stay there until nationalization took place in 1973. The family moved to the Natal region of South Africa, while two of his children moved to Kenya and Scotland.

Rayís third son the late Malham Ulyate left Arusha for the UK in 1939. During the war he worked for De Havilland on the Mosquito bomber. While there he married an English girl Hazel. He returned to Tanganyika in 1946 working as a mechanic on the agricultural machines at Ngare Nairobi. He worked on Sunray, Kindi and then moved to Sikarri Estate at Sanya Juu. Malham stayed at Sanya Juu until the mid sixties when he immigrated with his family to the Western Cape RSA.

Extract ID: 4753

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Bob Walker
Page Number: 504l1

Ulyate family movements: Malham Ulyate

Rayís third son the late Malham Ulyate left Arusha for the UK in 1939. During the war he worked for De Havilland on the Mosquito bomber. While there he married an English girl Hazel. He returned to Tanganyika in 1946 working as a mechanic on the agricultural machines at Ngare Nairobi. He worked on Sunray, Kindi and then moved to Sikarri Estate at Sanya Juu. Malham stayed at Sanya Juu until the mid sixties when he immigrated with his family to the Western Cape RSA.

Extract ID: 4761

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Bob Walker
Page Number: 504m

Ulyate family movements: Ted

Rayís youngest son Ted left Arusha in 1939 for the UK. He joined the army and was transferred to the Burma front. Returning to East Africa in 1946 he worked on various farms and in the cattle industry, including Vickers Estate. He married Kay in 1947 having met her in India during the war. During the fifties Ted acquired a farm at Ismangore. He was to farm commercial Beans, Tomatoes, Tulips and Pyrethrum. He also had a small beef herd. Ted with his family immigrate to Natal after independence

Extract ID: 4754

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Bob Walker
Page Number: 504n
Extract Date: 1930-1950's

Ulyate family members that attended Arusha School

Malham Ulyate, Early 1930.s 1935 Awarded "Victor Ladorum" for sporting achievements, Name still on the sports plaque in the dinning hall

Edward Ulyate,(Ted) Early 1930,s 1935 Awarded "Victor Ladorum" for sporting achievements. Name still on the sports plaque in the dinning hall.

Robert Walker (Christopher) 1944-49.

Nigel Borissow 1950,s

Jocelyn Borissow 1950,s

Marjorie Borissow 1950,s

Michael Borissow 1950,s

Donald Ulyate 1950,s

June Ulyate 1950,s

Brenda Ulyate 1950,s

Mrs. Kay Ulyate (Matron) 1950,s

Robin Ulyate 1950,s

Phyllis Ulyate 1950,s

Sally Ulyate 1950,s

Valarie Ulyate 1950,s

Brian Ulyate 1950,s

David Ulyate 1950,s

(Not a complete list)

Elizabeth Van Staden (Ulyate) Lolly wrote saying "I would like to be named as another ULYATE who attended Arusha School 1963 - 1968."

Extract ID: 4755

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Page Number: 529
Extract Date: 1930

Photos which you can take too

Extract ID: 4536

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Raphael Avellar - World Telegram Staff Writer
Page Number: 530
Extract Date: 1938

He Has Nodding Acquaintance with Hundreds of Beasts

from a New York Newspaper

Ray R Ulyate, of Arusha, Tanganyika, East Africa, has a nodding acquaintance with several hundred lions.

He knows them, he said today at the Hotel New Yorker, and they know him. And he said he doesn't mean the kind of Lion you see in circuses or zoos.

"Why." said Mr. Ulyate, who is a professional Lion hunter, here to induce more Americans to go on his safaris, "those circus and zoo lions are nothing like the lions we have on the Serengeti Plains. They'r no more lions than a wolfhound is a wolf. They were tame in the days of the Roman Empire."

There was a note of disdain in his voice, and when he spoke of the fellows who entertain circus audiences by entering cages full of lions he laughed out loud.

"There's nothing astounding about that." he said.

Mr Ulyate is 54, tall, broad-shouldered. His skin has been leathered by the weather of many a Lion hunt. He used to hunt with guns, but now he takes out parties armed with cameras.

"I hate to kill now, " he said, "Besides, hunting with a camera is more dangerous and more sport."

He said he had "tamed" lions: he claims he can tell one from another ("easier than I can tell Americans apart") and that now they seem to enjoy being photographed. He started by gragging a dead zebra or hartebeest to a point near a Lion's pride. (A pride is a Lion family.)

Ran for his trucks.

Soon, he said, the lions got used to the free meals. Now they run for his trucks, like cowboys for a chuck wagon. After the cats have gorged members of the safari take all the pictures they want. But they take them from the automobiles and trucks. Mr. Ulyate has never had an accident; but he takes no chances.

He said he is convinced that the wild Lion is amongst the most intelligent of beasts. Lions, he believes, communicate with one another. He says he has often seen lions advancing, retreating, or stopping in their tracks at a sign from the head of the pride.

During his thirty-two years of Lion hunting he has found that many popular beliefs about lions are false.

"Lions don't kill their prey by breaking their necks, " he said. "They suffocate their prey. And they're not afraid of fire. I've seen them come up to our campfire many a nigt and sit right by it. They stay there until we shoo them away."

"Man Killers"

He said most lions will not attack man unless cornered or wounded. The ones that do are "man killers." They become such in areas where natives do not bury their dead, and thus acquire a taste for human flesh.

"Man is to blame for man killers, you see." he said.

Mr. Ulyate is head of Tanganyika Big Game and Tourist Organisation. His wife, fours sons and two daughters assist him in the enterprise, which includes the operation of two hotels.

He was one of the guides on President Theodore Roosevelt's famous expedition lasting a year. "He was an excellent shot and a charming man to be with," Mr. Ulyate recalled.

He said that Kermit Roosevelt who was on the trip, "was not the shot his father was."

Extract ID: 4533

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Raphael Avellar - World Telegram Staff Writer
Page Number: 531
Extract Date: 1938

Several Hundred lions are familiar with Ray R. Ulyate.

from a New York Newspaper - photo caption

Extract ID: 4534

See also

Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Extract Author: Raphael Avellar - World Telegram Staff Writer
Page Number: 532
Extract Date: 1938

One of his photos

from a New York Newspaper - photo caption

Extract ID: 4535

See also

Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Page Number: 540
Extract Date: 1930's

Close-up of a lion at a water hole

Extract ID: 4537

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Ulyate Family Personal Communications,
Page Number: 541
Extract Date: 1930's

The end of a man eater - the first and possibly the only photograph ever taken of a Masai lion hunt

Extract ID: 4538
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