Bob Duncan

Name ID 2137

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 12a
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Clay pigeon shoot attendees

Does anyone recognise any of these people?

Lad in green shirt is brother Bob (also known as Bobby)

Extract ID: 5256

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 12b
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Clay pigeon shoot attendees

Man wearing cap on right I think is my father.

Extract ID: 5257

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 12c
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Clay pigeon shoot attendees

Man wearing cap in tent centre I think is my father.

Lad in green shirt is brother Bob (also known as Bobby)

Extract ID: 5258

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 13a
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Dam Building Equipment

Bob Duncan (Mwanza) 1 & 2 – My father – anyone remember him?

Extract ID: 5248

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 13b
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Dam Building Equipment

Bob Duncan (Mwanza) 1 & 2 – My father – anyone remember him?

Extract ID: 5249

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 13c
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Dam Building Equipment

Dam camp

Extract ID: 5261

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 14a
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Duncan Family - Arusha House

Where we lived in Arusha, on a street to the East off Simeon Road, opposite the Mt Meru hospital (The street was lined with Jacaranda trees).

The road north of the house that joined the Moshi road (top of Simeon Road) was unmade, with an area of African houses on the right hand side. Brother Bob and the dog used to chase the local toto’s that had come into the garden for the peaches.

There used to be a Baptist church on Ngoliondoi Road on the left hand side – lots of happy-clappy stuff. There was also a girl who lived nearby that used to own a pet monkey (name unknown – the girl I mean).

Extract ID: 5241

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 14b
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Baobab tree

My father standing in front of a Baobab tree to indicate the trunk dimension.

Extract ID: 5243

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 14c
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Birthday party

Not sure who for. My mother and father (Nora & Bob) are standing together at the back, brother Bob sitting immediately in front of mum, sister Shirley sitting immediately in front of dad and me sitting on the nearest seat looking back (cute little kid). Lady on the left unknown? (Mum used to work in the Standard Bank of South Africa – in either Mwanza or Arusha).

Extract ID: 5245

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 14d
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Bob, Brian & Shirley

Mucking about (as kids do) in front of the Arusha house.

Extract ID: 5246

See also

Abbott, Peter Armies in East Africa 1914-18
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 14e
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Bob, Brian & Shirley

Mucking about (as kids do) in front of the Arusha house.

Extract ID: 5247

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 14f
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Brother Bob

With a shot pigeon.

Extract ID: 5254

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 14g
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Embarking plane

Duncan family departure for a holiday.

Extract ID: 5268

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 14h
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Nora, Brian, Shirley & Bob

Not sure where but assume an airport prior to departure.

Hi - great site. I grew up in Tanzania. I think this photograph might just be of the [old] Lake Victoria Hotel in Entebbe.

David Plater 18 July 2007

Yes, that is the old Lake Victoria Hotel at Entebbe. If you enter that title in Google Images, you'll see an almost identical hotel frontage, albeit modernised.

Hazel Redgrave 8 Oct 2007

Extract ID: 5290

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 15a
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Field Shooting - Bob Duncan & Apenetto

My father and his ‘personal boy’ Apenetto after a shoot. (Apenetto used to work with dad in Mwanza and walked to Arusha to work with him again. He used to accompany him on his shooting expeditions, and assisted him re-blueing shotgun barrels.)

Dad carried out numerous gun repairs, becoming known in the area as ‘Bwana Bunduki’.

Extract ID: 5250

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 15b
Extract Date: 1958-1962


Extract ID: 5253

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 15b
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Field Shooting 2

Extract ID: 5251

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 15d
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Shooting party 1

(From L-R) don’t know, Bob Duncan, Joan Saddler, brother Bob, don’t know name but chemist in Mwanza, John Saddler & don’t know.

Extract ID: 5296

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 15e
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Shooting party 2

(From L_R) don’t know, John Saddler, Apenetto, brother Bob, Dr Sanasada (Mwanza) & me (Brian).

Extract ID: 5297

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 15f
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Shooting party 3

(From L_R) don’t know, Bob Duncan, Apenetto, brother Bob, Dr Sanasada & me.

Extract ID: 5298

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 15h
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Shot rhino 1

The animal had killed a couple of local Africans. Father is on right (don’t know other chap, Royce Buckle?).

Bullet hole clearly visible on rear of front left shoulder (heart shot). I think the rifle was a .450 Nitro Express (my dad’s favourite calibre for large game).

Tom Linton says: The other man standing over the rhino looks very much like like Mr. Krokowski (polish refugee from Nazi occupied Poland). He owned a jewelry store around the corner from the grocery store on the corner of the town square/roundabout. He had mines around the country, was chief of police, and a big game hunter for many years (trading in ivory), and was eventually killed in his small aircraft on the slopes of Monduli hills. He got into a slip stream and couldn't pull out. His son Joseph survived and lives in London. I was supposed to go up with them that day, but my mother had a call from Mrs. Watts (who lived out past Lake Duluti) asking if I would take out her daughter Dawn, horseriding. After a heated argument, my mother won out, and I had to ride the six miles out there to take Dawn riding!

Extract ID: 5299

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 15i
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Shot rhino 2

Boy, were they chuffed!

Extract ID: 5300

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 19a
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Holiday camp Serengeti 1

Bob, me and Avril Saddler.

Extract ID: 5276

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 19c
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Holiday camp Serengeti 3

L-R – Nora Duncan, me, Bob Duncan, Joan Saddler, John Saddler, brother Bob and Avril Saddler.

It is believed that the Saddlers originally came from Forfar, Angus in Scotland, which is only ~16 miles from where I now live.

Extract ID: 5293

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 19d
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Ostrich nest

In the Serengeti Park. From L-R - Avril Saddler (family friends), brother Bob and me. We took one egg from the nest which I still have today.

Extract ID: 5291

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 20
Extract Date: 1958-1962

Camp for shooting safari

Extract ID: 5255

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Extract Author: Brian Duncan
Page Number: 18c
Extract Date: 1962

Leopard cub and brother Bob

Cub out for walk, brother Bob’s feet in picture.

Extract ID: 5285

See also

Duncan, Brian Arusha Photographs
Page Number: 00a
Extract Date: February 2007

Potted History

My father originally worked in the Mwanza area for the WD & ID, responsible for dam building and keeping river-beds clear for the next rainy season. Having left the RN after the end of hostilities, he spent some time working with BE Chaplain, Gunmakers in Winchester, where he learnt some of the intricacies of sporting gun repairs. This put him in good stead upon his arrival in Mwanza then subsequently Arusha, where he carried out numerous gun repairs for local shooters. He also manufactured and presented a mounted miniature cannon to the Mwanza Yacht Club. This was used for starting their numerous races.

During our time in Mwanza, all three kids were born (Shirley 1948, Bob 1951, Brian 1954). During my birth, sister Shirley had Malaria, so ended up staying in the same hospital room. Four-six months later, I had a bad bought of boils (on my bum) – bad for me but good for Shirley as she inherited the syringe to treat her dolls!!!!

After 2 ½ years in Mwanza we returned to the UK for six months for the family ‘long leave’. Upon our return to Mwanza, dad worked for a spell in Schumann’s Garage, then transferred to Ukiriguru, then to Malya (with the WD & ID), then back to Mwanza.

1958 we moved to Arusha, where the lifestyle continued much as previous, with both parents also taking up golf at the local 9 hole course, and the three kids enjoying a swim or two in the New Arusha Hotel swimming pool. Although dad obviously preferred game shooting, he was also instrumental in setting up the Arusha Gun Club.

In 1962 (following Independence) we moved to the UK, staying for a short period in the Winchester area (where my mother originated from), then moving to Brechin, Angus where dad went into business as a gunsmith. Initially he had a couple of partners, which did not work out as envisaged, so he set up on his own, becoming one of the largest gun retail business in Scotland (Duncan of Brechin).

Upon his retirement, the business was sold which allowed him to continue with his passion for shotgun shooting (primarily), with some interspersed deer stalking. He also took up fishing, which latterly was easier for him to do due to failing health. He subsequently died in 2001. My mother (Nora) currently lives in the Comrie area, Perthshire with my sister Shirley.

Sister Shirley has spent most of her working life as a PA and senior secretary to numerous company owners/directors. She is now working with the local council, again in a secretarial position. She is married with two children (Stephen & Barbara), and has two grandchildren.

Brother Bob unfortunately died in 1993 (aged 42) from severe diabetes, which he had from the age of seven. Although married with two children (Lynzi & Robbie), he was instigating divorce proceedings at that time, which is believed to have contributed to his early and untimely death. He was an estate factor, latterly working with the Nature Conservancy Council in Edinburgh. He studied at Cirencester Royal Agricultural College, achieving an honours degree.

For myself, married to Sandra, also with two children (Andrew & Angela). Both now grown up (23 & 21 respectively), both living in Brechin, Angus, and both working in the oil industry (North Sea). Sandra & I live in the small and beautiful village of Edzell, which is ~4 miles from Brechin and midway between Aberdeen & Dundee. I also work in the oil industry, having done so since 1985.

Extract ID: 5331
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