Roses under the Miombo Trees
A memoir by Amanda Parkyn (then Lloyd) set in 1960’s colonial Southern Africa with chapters on her life in Abercorn. Based on the letters she wrote home to her parents in England, it covers significant events in Rhodesia’s history as uniquely witnessed through the eyes of a young housewife.
As a young English bride, Amanda finds herself in 1960’s Southern Rhodesia, where Ian Smith’s Rhodesia Party is soon to be elected, and subsequently in Abercorn at the northernmost tip of Northern Rhodesia as it is about to be granted its independence.
The memoir describes the carefree enjoyment of a privileged white lifestyle in the African sunshine, the fun and resourcefulness of communities making their own entertainment and the support and friendship of young wives and mothers far from ‘home’. But it also uncovers a young woman’s hidden unease at the foreignness of it all, of being white among black Africans, and Amanda as narrator must face her young self’s casual racism and colonial attitudes.
Link to NRZAM Ian Singer's website that has numerous documents on the history of the country including
The Northern Rhodesia Journal
The New Guide to the the Little Known Waterfalls of Zambia Volume II
To preview the book click on this link
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Available from: http://www.troubador.co.uk/book_info.asp?bookid=2441 and http://www.bookdepository.co.uk, (the latter post-free) also Amazon, WH Smith and Waterstones and from many bookshops and libraries.
Just Published: Callum Christie's Goodbye Colonialism, Farewell Feudalism
Accomodation in Mbala
For those who wish to revisit old haunts there is now a rest house on the shores of Lake Chila
Some useful websites
Northern Rhodesia Journal
Until some recent research by Mary Mbewe Mazimba and others it was generally forgotten that Abercorn/Mbala was home to some 400 Polish refugees during the Second World War
Other Polish Camps in East Africa have brief descriptions in
lists the following camps.
“In mid-1944, East Africa hosted over 13,000 Polish citizens. They settled in transit and permanent camps in the British colonies of Uganda, Kenya, and Tanganyika. In Uganda, the camps were located in Masindi and Koya on Lake Victoria. In Kenya, they were located in Rongai, Manira, Makindu, Nairobi, and Nyali near Mombasa. In Tanganyika, the largest settlement was Tengeru (4,000 refugees) and smaller camps were located in Kigoma, Kidugala, Ifunda, Kondoa, and Morogoro.
South Africa, South Rhodesia, and North Rhodesia also became the home of Poles. The largest of these settlements were: in the Union of South Africa Oudtshoorn; in North Rhodesia Abercorn, Bwana M'Kubwa, Fort Jameson, Livingstone, and Lusaka; in South Rhodesia Digglefold, Marandellas, Rusape, and Gatooma.
In Africa, Polish schools, churches, hospitals, civic centers, and manufacturing and service cooperatives were founded and Polish culture prospered. African radio stations ran programs in the Polish language and there waseven a Polish press. In South Africa alone there were 18 Polish schools with about 1,800 students in attendance.” [dpcamps.org/Poland]
Marian Gamwell's recollections of her work during World War II - Audio File.
From the Imperial War Museum's audio collection
British ambulance driver with Scottish Women’s Hospital in France, 1914-1915; ambulance driver with First Aid Nursing Yeomanry in Belgium and France, 1915-1918; Commandant served with First Aid Nursing Yeomanry in GB, Middle East and India, 1940-1946.
A good article on British and German Naval Operations on Lake Tanganyika during the First World War