Rodney Holland

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Extract Author: Rodney Holland
Page Number: 2005 01 06
Extract Date: 1952-1955

Rodney Holland - Arusha School - 1952-1955

Hi there. I have just spent sometime browsing through the Arusha School site and found a lot of interesting information and it has brought back a lot of memories of the time I was at Arusha between 1952 and 1955.

Prior to Arusha I had been to Lushoto School and after Arusha I went to Kongwa .

I remember being sent to Oldeani during my first year as Arusha was full. I was not too happy about that.I was very fortunate in having the chance to climb Mt. Meru twice and I still have vivid memories of those experiences.We lived in Tanga where my father was employed by TANESCO.

I intend to visit Arusha and Tanga this year (2005) and would like some advice on how to get to Tanga my plan is to try to hire a vehicle with a reliable driver in Arusha to take us to Tanga for a couple of days and then return to Arusha would you or anyone else know if this would be be possible if so any contacts in Arusha .I have not been back to Tanga since 1961 .

It’s a great site thankyou for it .

Rodney HOLLAND

Rodney

Thanks for your email, and kind comments about the site.

We must have overlapped at Arusha school – I was there from 1953-57.

Looking at the school magazine from Feb 56, I see that you were one of the Chorus of Soldiers in the performance of the Charcoal Burner’s Son on 1st April 1955!

And you may have seen your name on the board – still hanging in the school

http://www.ntz.info/gen/b00688.html#04063

I’ve recently been given a copy of a history of Arusha School, written in 1974. I should have full extracts from it available in a few days – or whenever I can find the time to do an update of the site. Meanwhile you can access a full pdf version here

http://www.ntz.info/docs/history_of_arusha_school.pdf (360KB)

You will find in it mention of the ill fated attempt to run a branch of the school at Oldeani. (p33)

"An interesting slant on the personality of Hamshere and the difficulties of adequately providing for the growing enrolments comes from the opening of a branch school 100 miles away at Oldeani in 1950. A teacher, Ryan, and his wife offered to run it because they found the prospect of having responsibility and being 100 miles remote from supervision attractive. When the Ryans were due to go on leave in 1952, a new master, Edmonson, and his wife arrived to relieve them. However Ryan considered them unsuitable to take over the “personal empire” he had built up, so he refused to hand over, locked the buildings and left for Arusha. Hamshere was not able to resolve the crisis: the Ryans went on leave, the Edmonsons resigned, and the branch school never reopened."

Now, Tanga.

I spent a few weeks there in 1957 waiting for the boat to take us home to England, and, like you, have not been back since. If you are inclined to beaches, consider a few days down the coast at Pangani. I know the people who run http://www.emayanilodge.com/ . Depending on hotels in Tanga, it may be worth basing yourself here, and taking a day trip to Tanga. Are you interested in WWI, and the battle of Tanga etc. If so, it would be worth trying to find a guide who knows a bit about it and can help you find things. I’d need to ask about to track one down.

There is certainly one Tanzanian guide/driver based in Moshi, with car, who I can totally recommend – but I need to find his contact details. So let me know when are you planning to visit, and what else you have planned for Arusha or beyond. Ie do you just need a driver for a Tanga extension, or for a longer safari? Depending on the answers, I can then put you in touch with some people.

Note that I’m not a travel agent! Apart from looking after ntz.info, I maintain several websites for African Safari companies, many in Tanzania, and use that as an excuse to visit whenever possible.

Thankyou for your quick reply to my email.I remember being in the choir at school and enjoying it infact at one time I had dreams of grandeur of being a pop star but never made it.

Now our proposed visit to Tanzania there will be 4 of us going and we are proposing to go in August at this stage we havent made a definite plan as we are gathering info.However a proposal is that we would need a vehicle and driver to take us from Arusha to Tanga which I assume would take a day then we would stay in either Tanga or Pangani for 5 days then return to Arusha.We would like to have the vehicle and driver available for this period of 7 days but it would depend on costs.Your idea of visiting Pangani sounds good.After the first week we are considering visiting the game reserves around Arusha.Sorry I cant be more detailed at this stage but I really need to find out if the above is practical and within our budget. Looking forward to hearing from and thanks for your help.

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Holland, Rodney Trip to Tanzania
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Extract Date: August 2005

Our visit to Tanzania

Our visit to Tanzania was a great success it appears that everyone enjoyed it even though we did cram a lot in in such a short time.

On arriving . . . And depositing our bags we went off to Arusha School to arrange our visit for later in the week. However when we got there fortunately the head master was there and one of the teachers . They very kindly took us around there and then. The headmaster was thrilled to see us particularly as my sister and myself were old students from the school.

When I showed him my name on the Mt.Meru conquered board he became very excited since it was 50 years ago! We had a good look around the school and our impressions were that it had not changed a lot from when we were there but it was certainly in need of some repair and maintenance.

The dorms appeared quite cramped as they had put bunkbeds in them and they could do with new mattresses.

The swimming pool was in need of a complete overhall.

We noticed that the headmasters house at the beginning of the drive to the school had been demolished by a falling eucalyptus tree fortunately no one was in it. However as a result they have cut down all those lovely big eucalyptus trees along the drive. I wonder if there is any way funds can be raised for the school?

The school seemed to be a happy place, all the children we met seemed to really enjoy their life there which was very nice to see.

I am attaching some photos of the school which I think are self explanatory however I will just list them as follows

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Holland, Rodney Trip to Tanzania
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Myself with the headmaster

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Holland, Rodney Trip to Tanzania
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Obligatory picture of tortoise!

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Holland, Rodney Trip to Tanzania
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Myself and my sister Jill and head

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Holland, Rodney Trip to Tanzania
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Summing up

Summing up it was nice to see the school again after so many years and it was surprising how many of the original buildings were still there and being used and to their full capacity.It would be nice if there was some means that as old students we could help in the repair and maintenance of the school.

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Holland, Rodney Trip to Tanzania
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The trip to Tanga

The trip to Tanga was very nostalgic and as soon as we arrived we went to look for our house in Raskazone which after some hunting we found . We made arrangements with the owners to go back to see them in the morning.We were invited into the house and had tea with them the house looked a lot smaller than I remember it 40 odd years ago and it still belonged to TANESCO which is the company my father worked for. Tanga town looked very much the same but in need of a good face lift but I am sure in time things will get better.

After an extemely bumpy trip by road from Tanga to Pangani we arrived at Emayani beach resort and enjoyed a relaxing 3 days before setting off to Lushoto via Tanga for one last look. Lushoto was pretty cold but we were able to visit the boarding school(which is now a Law School) were Jill and I were sent at the age of 7 I only had a few memories of this but it was good to visit infact all the places we visited were good for my wife and my cousin to see as they had heard so much about it but never actually seen the places.

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Arusha Times
Extract Author: Mrs. Liz Holland
Page Number: 387
Extract Date: 17 Sept 2005

Disappointed to see animals in captivity near Boma museum

To the Editor,

I have recently visited your beautiful country with my husband for a return trip after 40 years of absence. Rod was brought up in Tanga where his father was the manager of TANESCO many years ago. We were able to see many animals in their natural habitat in the Ngorongoro crater and on the Serengeti Plain and were delighted with all the progress of your country.

We made a return trip to the schools my husband attended and were welcomed into the old family homes. On our final day we visited the Boma museum in Arusha but were so disappointed to see some animals in very contained accommodation which does not reflect your obvious concern for the animals in your country. A baboon was very isolated in addition to another monkey and a sole porcupine was just alone in a stone pen.

I do wonder what could be done to move these animals to more appropriate accommodation where they could live out their lives in happier accommodation. There are international organisations that may be able to advise you on how to move them and I am sure there may be a local sanctuary that could help them live a happier life.

It is too late for the animals that have been killed to support the taxidermy department and I would urge you to consider the future of that work too.

Editor, I would like you to publish my letter so that there may be a way forward to resolve the sad situation for these animals.

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