Princess Margaret

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Extract Author: Alex (Sandy) Armet
Page Number: 2008 11 11
Extract Date: 1951-59

Info on Mbeya

I lived in and around Tanga during the years 1951 till 1959 and around the year 1954 started attending Mbeya. My sister Betty attended two years later. I remember Princess Margret visiting..the local Catholic priest, coming off his motor bike, I remember the long dining tables, and also remember the man with the drum who let us know when it was dinner time.

My first fight was to confirm that I had first place in the meal line. I also had best friend called Peter….and I have no idea of his last name….but I still see us play fighting with swords on top of the airline steps as we wait for the DC10 to land and us to school. I remember being able to climb the Fir trees around the sports field and ..as boys will…we used to bank the timber bearers waiting for the bees to come out so we could swat them. We used to roller skate and I can remember playing rugby and loving it. Great to find this site..

Extract ID: 5890

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Extract Author: Mark Morgan Mark Morgan
Page Number: 2004 02 21
Extract Date: 1947-1955

Bill Morgan was a master at the school

I have just come across this interesting site, while gathering information for a return visit to Arusha later in the Year.

I was very pleased to read the history of Arusha School as my farther, Bill Morgan was a master at the school from about 1947-1955 (I think those dates are right) He was teaching there before the war and then returned after.

I have three brothers we where all born in Arusha and later moved with dad when he went to Oyester-Bay School in Dar, and then later to Mbeya. My elder brother was then a boarder at Arusha before we all where sent to school in the uk.

It was good to see photos of Bryn Jones,a great family friend ( he was kind enough to marry both my self and both of my brothers) he sadly died several years ago, but my mother still keep in contact with his widow.

Seeing the photo of the late Princess Margaret's visit to the school. I was actually in the photo( the top of my head) we have a copy in the family album, and the photo of my farther being presented had pride of place on my grandmothers T.V

We have many photos of the school, and activites going on, which you would be quite welcome to to put on the site.

I am looking forward to my visit in September but hope that the School and Town have not changed to much, but it is nearly 50 years since I was last there.

Will give the site address to my brothers so they can have a look

Mark Morgan

Thanks for your feedback and interesting email. Sorry for the delay in replying.

I received, at about the same time, an email from Andrew Hannah, at the school from 1957-60, although he had brothers there before him, and he lists Morgan as one of the teachers he remembers. I’ll put his, and your, emails up on the web site at the next update.

I think I was just out of the shot of Princess M - my duty was to hold the door open for her as she came in. I’ve got lots of other stuff about her visit, which I haven’t yet had time to publish on the site.

But if you have photos and other anecdotes, I’d welcome copies for inclusion.

You will greatly enjoy revisiting Arusha. It’s changed much in the last ten years or so since I’ve been going back. From being a shabby backwater, it’s now a vibrant small town, and slowly cleaning itself up. However, flying over it can be horrific in that it reveals a huge shanty town, just as poor as any slum in Nairobi or Johannesburg, but totally hidden from the main tourist throughways.

I called in on the school last May, and found one teacher very happy to show me round (and the tortoise is still there). The buildings are nearly all the same. The roofs have reverted from tiles to bati sheets. The dining hall still has the same long tables and sideboards, and the trophy boards on the wall. But whereas there were less then 300 pupils in the 50’s there are now 1200.

The headmaster was very busy, but pleased to see me (I think).

Do tell me more about your trip - have you allowed time to explore Arusha, and a guide to take you round. Most of them just want to get out of town as fast as possible and get you out to see the game. Where will you be staying?

Apart from the obvious risks, I felt I could walk around the main part of the town with my eye’s shut. All the road layouts are still the same, and many of the buildings are unchanged. You’ll be going round saying, Ah, I remember that.

Back in 1994 we found the old maternity ward in the Arusha Hospital where my brother was born - and maybe you.

The photo I took of it (http://www.ntz.info/gen/n00025.html#04073 ) appeared on the BBC web site recently - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3094543.stm but they claimed that it was obtained from a press agency in Dar es Salaam!

I could go on . . .

Hope to hear more from you.

 

Extract ID: 4703

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Extract Author: BURTON JOB MWANSASU
Page Number: 2007 08 23

SOUTHERN HIGHLAND OF TANGANYIKA

MAY I KNOW SOMETHING MORE ON SOUTHERN HIGNLAND OF TANGANYIKA DURING THE BRITISH EMPIRE IN THE REGION, SPECIFICALLY ON;

1. THE COVERAGE VISIT OF HER MAJESTY QUEEN (BEFORE SHE WAS CONORATED TO THAT ORDER. THE OCCASION WHICH I AM TOLD WAS CONDUCTED AT MBEYA SCHOOL

2. DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ON THE LOCAL CHIEFS WHO ATTENDED THE CEREMONY?

3. ANYTHING ADDITIONAL TO THE REGION MORE SPECIFICALLY IN Tukuyu. I TRIED TO GET MIKE PATERSON E-MAIL ADDRESS EXPECTING TO GET SOMETHING FROM HIM FOR HE BRIEFLY MENTIONED ABOUT IT (Tukuyu)I COULD NOT GET.

REGARDS

BURTON

Extract ID: 5458

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Nettelbeck, David A history of Arusha School, Tanzania
Page Number: 38

e. AN ENRICHING SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT:

While Hamshere found day pupils an annoying appendage to the school, it must be said to his credit that he provided for the boarders a rich and stimulating environment. It is worth listing here briefly the significant extra-curricular activities which feature in the school records.

In the very first years of the school, Wynn Jones organised students to level the playing fields and as soil was removed to top-dress them, a 15 metre swimming pool was dug. Swimming; became an important sport and recreational activity, and both a swimming gala and swimming sports day involving former pupils were held annually.

An important annual event in which Hamshere himself always took the lead was the climb of Mt. Meru (14,979') near Arusha. Some 12 to 20 trained and physically fit children made the climb and an attractive certificate was presented to those who “conquered”.

A school sports day was held each year, usually in the presence of some distinguished quest such as the Governor and Lady Twining in 1955.There was also an inter school sports day against the Greek and Dutch schools, but no competitive sports with African schools.

Carols by Candlelight, begun by the music mistress in 1947,,became a significant even for Arusha town.

A Christmas play preceded the annual Speech Day at which the Warden or his deputy presented the prizes.

A proliferation of cups and shields, was accumulated from old students members of the School Council. These included

the Wynn Jones memorial scripture prizes,

the Rasharasha prizes for “dependability, helpfulness and behaviour”,

the Ann Revington Cup for the best all round girl and

the Du Toit cup for the best all round boy;

there was a Selian cup for physical culture,

an Ann Hazel Cup for swimming.

House Shields for swimming and athletics carved by a blind African wood carver and house trophies for rounders, hockey diving, football, rugby, netball and cricket.

There were inter school visits and sports matches with Nairobi School and Mombasa Primary School.

An annual school magazine was published from 1955 to 1965, and

there were troops of Guides, Brownies and Scouts.

From fund raising within the school, horses were purchased in 1954 and 2 tennis courts built in 1958.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the school in 1959, a bronze plaque noting the association of the school with the Diocese was unveiled in Christ Church Arusha, a special thanksgiving service was held, and £2,000 was collected for a Silver Jubilee Library. Bishop Chambers, whose foresight in 1927 had set plans in motion for the school, came at the age of 83 to open the library.

In 1943 the school was the venue for a conference of translators of the Bible into Swahili;

in 1947 delegates to the Pan African pre-history congress were accommodated in the school;

in 1950 Lady Baden Powell the Chief Guide, and later that year Lord Rowallen, the Chief Scout, visited the school;

in 1956 Princess Margaret spent 15 minutes with. the pupils in the school hall while the Hellenic and Dutch schools were allowed to line the drive! A cupboard full of Union Jacks, kept firmly locked in these post Independence days, remains as memento of the occasion.

In 1961 a conference on the preservation of wild life was held at the school and included such distinguished guests as Sir Julian Huxley, Peter Scott, Professor Monet, Armand and Michaela Dennis and Dr. Grzimek.

In 1969 the Presidents of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania met in the school to establish the East African Community.

In spite of the rapid turnover of teachers, matrons and some pupils, a strong school spirit and tradition was established. This was contributed to materially by the continuity of the School Council and of senior staff members as exemplified by

the Headmaster 1946 - 1964,

Miss I. Brown, Senior Mistress 1949 - 61,

Mrs. Fischer, Senior Matron 1950 - 59,

Mr. R. Johnson 1952 - 59,

Mr. H. Jones, Second Master 1953 - 61,

Rev. B. Jones Chaplain and from 1963 Headmaster, 1954 - 69, and

Mr. J. Hazel 1956 - 63.

Such continuity, even if for only a small proportion of the staff, was most unusual for the Colonial Service. The Department of Education, the statistics for which are not reflected in the above staff sample, could say in 1957, “there is a high rate of turnover of staff and delays in recruitment and by the end of the year, there was not one mistress who had been them 3 years previously”

Extract ID: 4942

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Extract Author: Mary Winter nee Sharp
Page Number: 2009 03 26
Extract Date: 1956-57

Mary Winter nee Sharp ~ Arusha School ~ 1956-57

Jambo Rafiki, Habari?

What a wonderful trip down memory lane I've had since discovering your website.

My sister Eugenia (Jeannie) Sharp and I attended Arusha School in 1956 and 1957.

We knew the Davis family well as my dad, William Robert Sharp, also worked at Karanga Prisons Moshi as a Prison Officer. We used to go round with Mary and Martin Davis a lot.

I remember Princess Margaret's visit. They built a wooden archway in the town of Arusha to welcome her. She came to the school in the evening of her visit wearing a lovely yellow evening dress.

I wonder where some of my friends from Arusha are now - Charlotte Hutchinson, Marilyn Dingwall to name but two.

It would be nice to hear from anyone who remembers me.

Mary.

Extract ID: 5991

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HRH the Princess Margaret in British East Africa and Mauritius
Extract Date: 1956, October

The Princess's first engagement in Arusha

The Princess's first engagement in Arusha on Tuesday, 16th October, was a now familiar baraza held in the shadow of Mount Meru, and impressive mountain whose stark peak reaches 14,979 ft. Here she received a rousing welcome from thousands of African school children. A picnic lunch was taken on the shores of Lake Duluti, and then Her Royal Highness entered a safari car to drive to the Ngurdoto crater, a famed resort of wild animals. From the lip of the crater the Princess gazed down upon a herd of 150 buffalo and saw 15 elephants with a young calf running alongside. Shortly afterwards a mighty bull elephant moved through the high grass, but a giraffe which she particularly wanted to see failed to appear. The next day at a game farm, the owner, Mr. August Kuenzler, showed her how fast-running animals are caught with a noose and pole attached to a lorry.

A pleasant task for Princess Margaret during her visit to the game farm at Arusha on Wednesday, 17th October, was to choose two zebras that were to be given to Prince Charles and Princess Anne by the owner, Mr. Kuenzler. The choice was not that easy as there were 20 to choose from, but at last she indicated the pair she preferred. The Governor of Tanganyika, Sir Edward Twinning, caused a roar of laughter when he asked in the tones of a shop walker, 'and to what address shall I send them, Madam?' 'Home!' replied the Princess.

She then delighted the photographers by feeding the giraffes and taking many photographs of her own with a miniature camera. She was charmed by a baby elephant, saw a young rhinoceros and fed some strutting ostriches with corn.

Her Royal Highness's only public engagement was on outdoor reception at the European School........

Extract ID: 1469

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Official Photographer Photo of Princess Margaret's visit
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Extract Date: 1956 Oct 19


Extract ID: 4240

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Marsh, R.J. Photo of Princess Margaret's visit
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Extract Date: 1956 Oct 19


Extract ID: 4239

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Williams, Douglas Princess Margaret in Northern Tanganyika
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Extract Date: 1956 Oct 19


Extract ID: 4232

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Williams, Douglas Princess Margaret in Northern Tanganyika
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Extract Date: 1956 Oct 19


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Williams, Douglas Princess Margaret in Northern Tanganyika
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Extract Date: 1956 Oct 19


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Williams, Douglas Princess Margaret in Northern Tanganyika
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Extract Date: 1956 Oct 19


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Williams, Douglas Princess Margaret in Northern Tanganyika
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Extract Date: 1956 Oct 19


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