Name ID 2163
Extract Author: Shaun R S Conner
Page Number: 2004 08 09
Extract Date: 1947-1970
My family were coffee farmers in and around Arusha, Moshi, Oldiani from 1947 until about 1970.
My Uncle, Colonel Terence Conner was a well known character in Tanzania, from farming to sports. I am wondering if a history of the period has ever been written with information on the British farmers and indeed other farmers and their lives during that time.
I was at Arusha School from 1963 to 1966 and lived on a farm outside Moshi at a place called Waru Waru.
My father worked with my Uncle and they had a large farm at Oldiani then moved to Ogaden estate ouitside Arusha and thus to West Kilimanjaro before a compulsory purchase order was placed on all the 26 arable farms in West Kili in about 1975.
Shaun R S Conner
Forgive me, I think your email slipped by, and I have never responded to it. Life has been so busy, that I haven’t had nearly as much time as I would have liked to devote to the web site.
Good to hear from you, and to add your name as another alumni of the school. My father was the rector of Christ Church in Arusha 1953-57 and visited many of the farms in the Oldeani area. His diaries are on the web site, and any names mentioned are indexed.
I don’t know of any formal history of the area, and the British (and many other nationalities) farmers. There are lots of anecdotal accounts in various memories, some old, and some published fairly recently.
The main text I’d love to find is an inventory of all the farms in the area carried out by the Custodian of Enemy property soon after WW2.
Try to find these three
(more about David Read at http://www.serengetimasai.com/index.html)
Where are you now - have you been back to Tanzania?
Thank you for your email. Yes, I have been back to Tanzania since we left in 1966. As I say my Uncle continued to farm until 1975. I went back in 1988 to wedding at the Marangu Hotel in Moshi. Previous to that I did a trip with my Uncle in 1974 visiting all remaining friends in Oldiani, Arusha and Moshi.
My Uncle moved to live in Nairobi and I have literally been out so many times over the past 20 years to Kenya I couldn't say for sure how many. We have many friends in Kenya still.I love Africa! I will try and get the info you seek. I have a good contact in Moshi, Rennie Barnes and I think he has access to all sorts of info about the farms. I will try.
Extract Author: Elizabeth Van Staden (Ulyate) Lolly
Page Number: 2007 03 22
Extract Date: 1963-1968
I would like to be named as another Ulyate who attended Arusha School 1963 - 1968. It was great finding more details of my family especially photos of my grandparents.
The last I heard, Rosemary Goodman (now Peacock) was living in Zimbabwe but with recent problems I don't know if they stayed but I'm sure my sister Valerie Wallace would know.
And, for Shaun Conner:
I see you lived on Waru Waru … my family lived there till they moved to other parts of the world.
My father Malham Ulyate moved to Sanya Juu .the farm was called Sikarari. I also attend Arusha School '63 - '68. Richard Hatter was my 'first' boyfriend , can still remember sitting up in the big avo tree over looking the sports field. Mr Rushbrooke was headmaster the year I left. I cannot remember you but would love to hear from you.
Many thanks for replying to my email & apologise for not answering sooner but the last month has been very hectic for me.Thank you also for sending on the one to Shaun Conner who was in touch the very same day !! Should any other ex Arusha remember me you may pass on my email address.
It was a surprise to find the “Ulyate family “ site & see pictures of my grandfather that I have never seen before. Will send you any update if I can but I might open a can of worms…so to speak. The movie “White Mischief” has nothing to compare with the Ulyates & maybe one day I’ll write a book.
One interesting thing that does stand out is Princess Margarets visit to Arusha School…my sister Valerie (now Wallace) was presented with the Rusha Rusha shield by her Royal Highness.
Have enjoyed seeing what Arusha school looks like even in todays world , something to show my children.
Will keep in touch & once again many thanks for the website.
As a matter of interest I am known to all as Lolly.
Conner, Shaun Memories of Colonel T.S.Conner DSO KPM
Page Number: 12
Extract Author: Linda (Newby) van Rooyen
Page Number: 2007 05 13
Extract Date: 1965-69
Hi Shaun [Conner],
Saw your link on David's site. Our times at Arusha School must have overlapped a little, although I regret I cannot recall you.
However, my father, Joe Newby farmed on the slopes of the Crater near Oldeani, and I think I recall your father ?? Known to us as Colonel Conner?
I was at Arusha School from 1965 to 1969 and was friendly with Fe McIntyre, Alta van Rooyen, Nicola Ghaui, and a whole lot of girls, whose names escape me at the moment!
I married an ex-Tanzanian, Louis van Rooyen, whose parents, Isak and Margaret farmed at West Kili.
Louis attended Arusha School from 1960 to 1966 before going on to Belfast, South Africa. My elder brother, Richard Newby was also there during your stint before going on to St Michael's at Soni. So nice 'chatting' to someone from that part of the world!
Extract Author: Shaun Conner
Page Number: 2007 11 01
Extract Date: 2007
I have just noticed on looking through the website, which I do from time to time, that in 2002 there was an email from Martin Davis who mentioned his sister Joan could remember a boy called Stuart Webb.
Well, some years ago when my Uncle Colonel Conner was visiting London from Nairobi for his Regimental Reunion, one of his guests was a Mrs Webb who used to farm next to my Uncle In Oldiani and yes, with her was her son Stuart who was then, and I assume is now, working in the City.
Mrs Webb was living in Chelsea in London.
Extract Author: Shaun Conner
Page Number: 2007 03 22
Thanks for forwarding on the email from Elizabeth. I have emailed her with some chit chat.
Don’t remember her but then we were young, I was only 10 when I left! Anyway I keep my eye on your website from time to time.
My son was in Tanzania last year. He stayed at Marangu Hotel with Seamus and Jackie Brice Bennet who run the Hotel and he climbed Kili, well, almost to the top! He had a great Safari and then went to Kenya to stay with other friends of mine. He loved it!
I keep saying we must go back but never seem to find the time. We did go to zanzibar in 1997 which was fabulous. Anyway keep up the good work.