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Tanganyika / Re: Tanganyika Architect
« Last post by Simon Watson on 19 July, 2015, 10:59 »
Hi Graham,
I have been looking through my Father's Photo Albums and Dar address book between 1961 and 1966 hoping to find something for you but nothing has come to light,but i do know that he had an Architect friend from Dar who might still be alive.I will check. Do you know whether your Grandfather was a Cricketer or Tennis player and frequented the Gymkhana Club? Knowing this might help.

It's so strange reading about your Mother and her sisters. They are older than me, but i too went to Sao-Hill,but between 1957 and 1961 and in the 50s whilst we were living in Tanga, we used to go to Lushoto to take out friends at the School there or play Cricket. Also being a car nut even then, i remember Riddoch Motors all over Tanganyika.
Best regards...
Tanganyika / Tanganyika Architect
« Last post by Graham Hutton on 07 July, 2015, 09:30 »
I am writing, not as an ex Tanzanian, rather the son of one!
My mother, Penny Bransgrove, went to the Junior European School in Dar es Salaam from 1949 to 1952 and then to Southern Highlands School, Sao Hill between 1952 and 1956. She then went onto Limuru for Secondary education.
Her older sisters Diana and Julie went to Arusha School between 1949 and 1952, before boarding in England. Her 2 younger sisters, Pauline and Liz (twins) followed my mother at the same schools a few years later. I think they also went to Lushoto School from 1957 to 1959.
Now some of you may recognise their names and you are welcome to enquire after them. My main reason, however, for writing on this forum is to find out if any of you can help me with my research into my grandfather, Peter Bransgrove. He had his own architectural practise in Dar es Salaam, between 1948 and 1966 named C. A. Bransgrove & Partners. He designed the Junior European School in Dar. Here is a web site showing some of his work.
I would be interested to hear if anyone remembers my grandfather or his family. I would also be interested in photos that you may have of some his buildings. I would also love to hear from any of you who were the children of architects, engineers, surveyors, planners or builders.
As an aside, I would be grateful if anyone knows who designed the Riddoch Motor Company’s premises in Arusha in the 1950’s? It’s a wonderful looking building.
Thank you
Graham Hutton
Mbeya / Re: Mbeya pictures from 1963 and going 'home'
« Last post by Walter on 21 February, 2015, 11:47 »
Great to see pictures of mbeya, brings back memories. I caught up with edward halwenge when he was in form 4 and i was in form 2. I knew mark and peter rowland. I used to hang with these guys. I wonder what ever happened to them?
Tengeru / Re: Polish Refugees in Tengeru
« Last post by stopnicka on 08 December, 2014, 14:58 »
Hi Julia. My name is also Julia. My sister Krystyna and her mother (not my mother, but we share a father) Jadwiga Stopnicka we think were at the Tengeru Camp from 1942. We don't have any other info. Did you find out anything?
Mbeya / Re: Mbeya School 1955-1959
« Last post by dbking on 03 November, 2014, 20:33 »
I've been reading through a variety of the topics here and have thoroughly enjoyed the comments of others who attended Mbeya School during this period. These comments, along with the photos that some have posted, sure bring back a flood of memories. My parents lived in Tukuyu so I was a boarder during this time - began when I was 6, so I'd guess that I was in Standard 1?.

I've recently found a Google Earth view of the school (8°55'28.00"S - 33°24'46.00"E), which is now a technical school, and it looks almost exactly as I remember it almost 60 years ago!

--I fondly remember wrestling with my best friend (whose name I cannot remember), rolling around on the grass outside the dorm right after bathing before the evening meal.
--I remember the dining hall, the meals, the drum beat that called us to meals ... I still beat it out once in a while for my kids and grand kids.
--I remember the dorms, the matron, the communal baths; the classrooms, inkwells, spitballs (I remember that I broke a girl's glasses with one once) ... and the "Kiboko" on occasion.
--I remember the movies, the backstage area of the auditorium, climbing up into the attic of the auditorium and changing the time on the clock ... then climbing through the attic areas above the classrooms and rest-rooms - the girls' was always of interest ...
--I remember my first game of rugby - I was hooked! Played it from then on through high school.
--I remember the walks in the forested areas around the fields - finding mouse remains from the owls.
--I had friends who lived at a Bible School a few miles from Mbeya School toward Mbeya mountain - and their dog showed up at the school on occasion looking for me.

There are so many other memories that have flooded my mind since finding this site. I'd sure love to go back sometime just to relive some of these memories ...

St. Michaels, Soni / Re: Soni Reunion 2014
« Last post by jooms on 22 August, 2014, 19:31 »
Sadly Alistair Brown died this year but, according to his wishes, we continued with the reunion that he had organised for Oxford on 26th July. 24 Soni "boys" attended.
Tanzania / Arusha between 1978 and 1986
« Last post by AsIwrite on 24 June, 2014, 08:10 »
Hello! I spent a year in Tanzania in 2008 and loved it so much! I'm now writing a novel based in Arusha between 1978 and 1986 and am looking for information (and books, video, etc) about the life at that time, picture of the city, places where locals were going, habits, tensions due to political and economical changes etc. I would be very grateful for sharing any memories of that time.
Thanks a lot.
Arusha School / Re: Arusha School Teachers
« Last post by Val on 07 June, 2014, 19:34 »
I was at the school 69-72. From my old school reports, the following teachers were around (excuse the spelling, but the handwriting isn't always clear):

(1969) R Kassam - Form Teacher, Mr BL Jones - Headmaster
(1970) Irene Smith - Form Teacher
(1970) R Nettelbeck - Form Mistress, she taught us the "Kookabarra" song, Mr DC Nettelbeck/Laidlaw - Headmaster/s?
(1971) A Gattnaid - Class Teacher, Laidlaw - Headmaster?
(1971) Miss Boddy - Class Teacher, Laidlaw - Headmaster?
(1972) Mr WL Cairney - took us for swimming - passed my Beginners certificate doing doggy paddle!
(1972) Miss G Allen - says she knew me since 1969, and I was in the School Brownie Pack.
(1972) M Lawery - Class Teacher, D Wilhoft - Class Teacher, Mr Nyakinsgani - Headmaster

I noticed from the net that a DC Nettelbeck is currently still in education in Australia (he must have been a very young headmaster!)
Arusha School / Standard 4 1972?
« Last post by Val on 04 June, 2014, 15:59 »
Hello Everyone - My name is Valerie Ferro (if anyone remembers me). I accidentally came across this site the other day and read everything with great interest and excitement. I wracked my brain trying to remember anyone's name, quizzed my parents and even sent them the picture from another post from 1971 - to no avail. Then my mother found this picture and I remembered my Dad had given me an envelope with old certificates. To my absolute joy, I discovered my old school reports. I think the picture maybe from 1972 Standard 4. I'm the smallest one in the front row (second from the end). The first girl, front row, is called Cathy (father owned the printing place?). The first two girls at the back are twins from Holland (one called Gertrude?, I think their mother did arty jewellry stuff). The chinese lad in the middle once showed us how to use chopsticks with two pencils and a piece of chalk. The african lad in the back row got stung by a wasp near his eye. Teacher Mr Wilhoft? From the reports, I was at Arusha School from 1969-1972.

I will try to put together info from the reports regarding teachers' names/dates if it helps with memories. And I also have some photographs of a pantomime that was put on at the town theatre (Snow White) - some of you may have been in that - I think two of the Shitakha sisters are in that - following on a post in another topic.
Tengeru / Polish Refugees in Tengeru
« Last post by J.Fedec on 21 May, 2014, 09:28 »
Hello nTZ community,

My name is Julia Fedec, a Registered Nurse from Ontario Canada. I am currently working in the city of Arusha in Northern Tanzania. I chose to come volunteer in Tanzania for many reasons, but most importantly to connect with a land that has much history with my family. My grandmother, Zofia Nowak was a Polish Refugee living in Tengeru (Daluti district) during WWII from 1942-1948. I have visited the Polish Refugee cemetary in the village of Tengeru but I am hoping to find some information or documentation on her existance here in Tanzania during that time. I was hoping to see if anyone would have any suggestions or recommendations on how I would be able to obtain further information on my grandmother's time here in Tanzania. She was 10 or 11 years old when living here. She is the daughter of Polish solider Josef Nowak and Maria Nowak from former Belarus. Her siblings included Richard and Barbara Nowak. She moved around from Uganda then to England, and finally settling in Nothern Ontario Canada.

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you kindly for reading my email.

Best regards,

Julia Fedec
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