Name ID 52
Marsh, R.J. and E.P Safari Diaries
Page Number: 12
Extract Date: 1955 August 4
We got under way in good time with breakfast, and then went along to the Karatu dukas before leaving at 9.30 for a dayís visiting of the farms.
First we called at Jimmy Gibbís - almost opposite the Karatu dukas, about three miles off the road. He showed us over his farm - coffee (which is doing very well everywhere in Oldeani this year, nearly ready for picking, and looks a bumper crop), maize and wheat (this has failed nearly everywhere, through rust, a wheat disease. The Tisdallís have written all their wheat off). Gibb is now irrigating his coffee by overhead piping, and giving a regular and uniform spray over a wide area. He taps his water from a stream at the top of the farm, about 6,000 ft. up, near the forest reserve. This has a drop of 2-300 ft. to give him his pressure. He took us up to see the dam he had made at a waterfall. His men had carried all the cement etc. required for this and we followed the path up through the forest which they made. There were evidences of large animals around, though not very recently! The last lap was up a sheer scramble, and Paul hedged at first and almost refused to go further. However we made it and got up to the waterfall, now dry because of the dam, though Gibb opened up the sluice for a while to let the boys see the water drop down over the fall of about 60 ft.
We then went on to Beaumont's, where we had lunch. He is on his own at the moment as his family are still in England. We met his next door neighbour who came over after lunch [Haman]. Coming back on main road, called on Aston and had a long talk with him. Then called at Lutheran Mission before going over to the centre area of Oldeani again to call on the Braunshweigís and then the Notleys on way down. Returned to Karatu by about 6.30.
Extract Author: Sarah C Slater ( nee Burnett )
Page Number: 2004 10 24
Extract Date: 1958-1963
I was @ arusha school during the years above.
My parents are Joan & George Burnett. My father was an entymologist, & worked @ the Colonial (Tropical) Pesticides Reseach Institute.
My brother Patrick & sister Victoria were also @ the school.
I think I was in the same class as Vanessa Pope, Elizabeth Cashin, Rosemary Purchase, Geraldine Swynnerton, John Bovennizer, Emile Karafiat, Pamela Carter & Joyce Thompson, Huw Jones, Diana Yeo.
I think Sandro Legnani was in the same class as my brother.
Does anybody remember the Beaumont family who farmed @ Sharok?
Or the McPhillips, an Irish family of 10 children who's mother was a doctor at Meru Hospital?
I remember BL Jones & family well, & Miss Jenkins & Mrs Papadopoulos amongst others.
My parents kept in touch with Paddy Purchase, father of Rosemary, Nigel & Melody & Doug & Margaret Yeo whio were neighbours & colleagues of my father.
My Mum is very ill now. I would love to be able to pass on news to her. She was an artist & used to run art classes on our lawn. Her & my father were very active in the Little Theatre, Arusha. He used to build the sets & she would paint them. I remember being Fairy Crystal Fountain in a production of Sleeping Beauty, in a wonderful white tutu made by a lady, I think Mrs. Bloom, who had been a profesional costume designer.
Does any one remember Narajan Singh, the grocer? I remember it being an Aladdin's cave of sweeties & the lovely kind staff.
My parents moved to Aberdeen Scotland, where they still are. I lived in Scotland until 2000, & now live in Suffolk, England. I would be absolutely delighted to hear from any-one from those idyllic childhood years.
Sarah C Slater ( nee Burnett )
Lots of memories, and names - thank you. Iíll be updating the database in the next week or so, and will include your email, which Iím sure will trigger some responses.
There have been some recent feedback emails mentioning some of your names. Did you see the email from Miriam Pope mentioning the Purchases and the Little Theatre. Iíve also just this week been sent a photo which includes Emil Karrafiat - it should be on the web site with the next update.
As for Naranjan Singh - did you see the clips on the site from Hatari
I heard that after independence he moved to India, and became very rich with a department store. His sons have been in England, and visited someone I know who had been in Arusha in the 1950ís.
Thank you so much for the fascinating information. The web-site is a wonderful resource & the work that goes into producing it is much appreciated.
I printed out some of the pictures of the School, Boma & Hospital ( where I was born) for my parents, which were pored over, & recognised by all the family. They were totally amazed, being internet 'unfriendly'!
Extract Author: John B. Ellis
Page Number: 2009 01 20
Extract Date: 20-Jan-2009
I am trying to trace the Beaumont family which was certainly in East Africa at the time of your mentioned safari.
Do you have any information on them at all?
Anything you may have would be greatly appreciated.