Name ID 2291
Conner, Shaun Memories of Colonel T.S.Conner DSO KPM
Page Number: 02
Extract Date: 1950's
During the 1950's and early 60's the Col entered his Wheat into the Nairobi Show and for 7 years in succession won the Delamere Cup for the best wheat grown in East Africa. This was quite an achievement when you think he was up against the big Kenya farms. In fact he won the cup so many times that they gave it to him after Independence and he replaced it with a new one, which he promptly won! He entered hs wheat into the World Cup in Toronto and it came 15th. This shows the agricultural potential of Tanzania and i believe that they were growing two crops a year in Oldiani.
During this period my Uncle also invited his sister Eileen Conner to join him on the farm during her retirement years and she lived at Kongoni until her death in 1964. His other sister Marjory and her husband Lionel Hodgson also worked for him for a while before getting a job with the TCGA i think, (Tanzania Coffee Growers Association?) and they lived in Moshi until the late 60's. Their son Christopher Hodgson, my cousin, also gave the Col 3 years on his farm before he went to Kenya and worked at the Mount Kenya Safari Club.