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Mbeya / Re: Photos of Mbeya School
« Last post by Hilly on 25 October, 2012, 15:47 »
Barry, I've sent you an email and have decided to post the picture I took of you here too. Can you identify everyone in it? I can see Edward Halwenge, Dennis, yourself, Simon (?), and Daphne (?) leaning against the goal post. It was taken in 1963. Rob
Mbeya / Re: Mbeya pictures from 1963 and going 'home'
« Last post by Hilly on 25 October, 2012, 15:29 »
Mark Morgan's picture of his father, Edward Halwenge ahead of him, and me in the foreground, ascending Mbeya Peak before the bees stung someone and the climb was called off.

The other one of Mark's pictures has me looking over Mr Morgan's right shoulder, like a mischevious imp, on top of Mt Rungwe.
Mbeya / Re: Mbeya pictures from 1963 and going 'home'
« Last post by Hilly on 25 October, 2012, 15:21 »
Some more pictures. Mark Rowland and his little brother, and another, as well as my sister, in the pictures below.

Rob Hill (Hilly) Stanley 59-63
Mbeya / Mbeya pictures from 1963 and going 'home'
« Last post by Hilly on 25 October, 2012, 15:15 »
I was there from '59 to '63, Stanley House.

First term Sept '59 was brutal with fist fights in the dorm and the tackie for breaking the cowhide straps on my bed. But I survived and have very fond memories of the school. We said prayers every night at the end of our beds. I remember playing jacks with peach stones on the dorm verandah, hand inspections before supper, the jumping competitions off the swings, playing marbles, damming the water during the rains, throwing sheath knives to stick them into trees, pulling and being pulled on roller skates by our elastic belts, climbing the trees, our hike up Mbeya Peak (someone was stung by bees so we never reached the top - picture of the HM, me and Edward Halwenge).  We succeeded in climbing Mount Rungwe and I'm in the picture too just behind HM's right shoulder. As boys we were cruel to the weakest and I did some unspeakable things, just like the savages in William Golding's Lord of the Flies. I still feel guilty about half strangling one boy in a fight. Buying catapults on the train back to Mwanza.

I'll dig up a more coherant story later.

P.S. Mark Rowland is in the picture outside the Standard 6 classroom (nearest Mr Morgan's office). The one in Cairo in front of the Sphinx is me on my last voyage home via the Suez Canal in the Summer of '63

Rob Hill (Hilly)
Now 61 and splitting my life between Pretoria, South Africa and Eastbourne, East Sussex
Mbeya / Re: Mbeya memories
« Last post by Hilly on 25 October, 2012, 14:38 »
I 'married' a Livingstone girl with a curtain ring taken from the stage curtains ! She had a long pony tail and was bigger than me !

Hilly (Stanley 59-63)
Arusha / Retzlaff Family - Usa River
« Last post by Pat Retzlaff on 12 October, 2012, 06:02 »
Hi everyone,

I am looking for any pictures, information or memories about the Retzlaff family from Arusha. My grand father Paul Retzlaff moved to Arusha in 1933 from Germany with his wife Hildegard onto a farm called Sauti Ya Simba in Usa River. My brothers (Paul & Rob) and I were born in Arusha and our parents (Godfrey & Vera) left in about 1961 to Rhodesia.

My grandfather Paul had three children, Horst (married to Carin from Sweden)who farmed on Sauti Ya Simba, Sigi (married Karl Pollman) and my father Godfrey. In 1939 my grandfather married Martha Vance - who was the matron at the Arusha European School

Any help greatly appreciated

Pat Retzlaff
Mbeya / Re: Mbeya Memories
« Last post by Froggy on 10 September, 2012, 00:52 »
< big snip>
 If you download Google Earth, and plug in the coordinates: Lat: 8degrees55'28.66'S Long: 33degrees24'44.38'E, you'll be able to see what it looks like now (June 2004).

What a comprehensive post.  I must come back to this as it has brought back so many memories.

Thank you Judith for the co-ordinates.  I've just been struggling to find Mbeya School on Google Earth, and failed.  Then I remembered a post in this forum.  Modifying your co-ordinates slightly, I've found what I wanted to view.  Thank you again.

The modified co-ordinates are: 8 55' 28.66"S, 33 24' 44.38"E which should be placed in the Google Earth Search box.

Arusha School / Re: Arusha School Awards
« Last post by WATSON, Andrea (nee Duncan) on 31 August, 2012, 10:12 »
YES, me too I still have a couple of my old awards and a couple of year books! 
As for punishment, yes we did get the takki and cricket bat on our posteriors in my day (left for high school in 1963) but I don't believe it was a POW school!  Would love to hear from any old timers from my period at Arusha - Derek Middleton, van Rooyen family, Baretto's, Zikakis....

My Fathers email address is and we are all currently living in Malawi

Get in touch / Re: Geoffrey Holland
« Last post by Andrew S on 12 August, 2012, 09:50 »
Hi Simon, Thanks for your reply. I was at Sao Hill around 1948 - 1949 before we went to S. Africa. I want to track Geoffrey Holland and/or his relatives down because a relative of mine has recently found out that he was quite possibly their father! I expect that he died some time ago, but it's possible that my relative has half-siblings in the UK somewhere and would like to establish contact with them. Of course, it's possible that he never had other children, in which case it's just a matter of my relative finding out about their ancestors and antecedents for interest's sake. Regards...Andrew
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