Rhodes Indaba in Angels Weep

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Rhodes Indaba in Angels Weep

Postby umtali1964 » Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:32 pm

In "The Experiences of Rhodesia's Pioneer Women", published in 1938, there is a chapter called "With Rhodes at the Peace Indaba". Molly Colenbrander and her sister were invited by Rhodes to attend the second of three indabas. There is a lovely photo of Johann Colenbrander, J. McDonald, P. Jourdan, Rhodes, Alex Boggie and Mollie under a mimosa tree. According to the author, Jeannie M. Boogie, "Molly was an excellent shot, an expert horsewoman, and a clever native linguist, all of which she had learned in Zululand." She was a beauty as well, the very model of many of Smith's pioneer women.

I obtained my frayed, soft cover book from a dusty old trunk at Chancellor Jr. School, Umtali. i lived in Southern Rhodesia as it transitioned to Rhodesia. That and a small carving of the zimbabwe bird have become cherished souvenirs.
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Re: Rhodes Indaba in Angels Weep

Postby Nefer » Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:12 pm

How cool - how did you obtain the book?
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Re: Rhodes Indaba in Angels Weep

Postby umtali1964 » Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:45 am

We were looking for a trunk to ship my things home via surface mail, meaning boat. The book was in the trunk. I was thinking of posting the photo of Rhodes at the second indaba meeting. Is there any way to do that?
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Re: Rhodes Indaba in Angels Weep

Postby jeffw » Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:19 pm

Hi fellow Rhodie!
I too, am a sucker for old Rhodesiana books. Read them often, take pleasure from them before the depression of missing home sets in. Also have a similar, soapstone Zimbabwe bird and a locket filled with gold nuggets from a claim near the ruins. One that I worked in the seventies before the 'chaos'. Miss all my yester years. But at least we have the memories and can relive through WS's books. I often wonder who will fill his shoes?
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Re: Rhodes Indaba in Angels Weep

Postby Matbow » Thu Feb 19, 2009 4:51 pm

umtali1964 wrote:I was thinking of posting the photo of Rhodes at the second indaba meeting. Is there any way to do that?


You can either use the "upload attachment" option when making a post (underneath the save, preview, submit buttons) or you can upload the pic to a site like photobucket and post a link to it here.

Hope this helps.
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