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Get in touch / Re: Geoffrey Holland
« Last post by Andrew S on 09 November, 2012, 10:22 »
Hi Simon or anyone else who attended Sao Hill school: Can anyone verify whether or not the attached pic is Geoffrey Holland?
Get in touch / MARK MORGAN or any of the Bill and Peggy Morgan family
« Last post by Naomi Wilson on 03 November, 2012, 08:59 »
Am trying to get in touch with Mark Morgan or any of his family. Bill Morgan was my uncle and I would like to get in touch with Peggy his wife or any member of the family
Many thanks
Naomi (Wynn Jones) Wilson
Arusha School / Re: The tortoise (kobe)
« Last post by Naomi Wilson on 03 November, 2012, 07:44 »
VALE the tortoise.
It had to happen some day.  I was advised a couple of days ago that the tortoise has died. How or when I do not know but will try to find out.
An end to a chapter in the Arusha School - SO many past students and othere with an interest in the school have visited and taken photos of the tortoise.
There were two tortoises taken to the School by my father who was the foundation Headmaster but I only knew one tortoise. What happened to the other on I do not know.
Naomi Wilson
Arusha / Re: Retzlaff Family - Usa River
« Last post by Naomi Wilson on 03 November, 2012, 07:37 »
I have just read your posting and was so interested.
We knew your grandfather who eventually moved to Dodoma where we lived.
My parents Bishop Bill Wynn Jones and His wife Ruth were great friend of the Retzlaff family and knew Marethe of course very well as my dad was the first Headmaster of the Arusha School (and we have photos of Martha) where we four children were born.
When we moved to Dodoma, my siblings were all at boarding schook, and I trvelled with my parents to Arusha when dad had to atend Board meetins etc.
We always stopped en route for "time out" with Horst and Carin and we knew Sigi and also?Tumpi. We knew Godfrey and Vera (and probably you - I was the youngest of us 4 Wynn Jones kids - born in 1940 just after your grandfather married Martha Vance. We used to call your grandfather "Daddy Retzlaff" and he loved that. My mother (oftern accompanied by me as the lone child at home) visited Daddy Retzlaff many times in Dodoma wof a coffee (he loved his coffee). He had a house boy called Guston, who tended him so very well. Keep in tough - My email is
Naomi Wilson (Nee Wynn Jones)

VALE the tortoise at the school - have just been informed that it died recently - that is the end of a chapter.
Mbeya / Re: lMbeya School
« Last post by Hilly on 25 October, 2012, 16:31 »
It was the same for the boys. Sharing the bath water, mihindi (maize), the coolness of the trees around the playing fields, learning about owl pellets, yes, and kite flying your own hand built hexagonal shaped kites out of bamboo and paper. Paludrine anti malaria tablets at lunchtime, mosquito nets, playing jacks with peach stones if you didn't have the metal spiky things, black and white films (Helen Keller, the Australian Outback, the Carry On films). It's all there.
Mbeya / Re: Mbeya Memories 1959 - 1961
« Last post by Hilly on 25 October, 2012, 16:01 »
Does anyone know the history or have a picture of the Lancaster bomber model that used to hang in the building opposite the main assembly hall?
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
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