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The FEDERAL SAINTS JOURNAL The Newsletter of the St Andrew's ex­Pupils and Staff (First Published - 2005) Vol 10

November 2014 Issue No 119

Blantyre Town Hall, late 1960s, when building still being used as the Town Hall before relocating to Chichiri. Police Station since demolished.

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The Worldwide, Official, monthly “Federal Saints Journal” covers the Story of, History of, and Information and News on, the St Andrew's Schools situated in Blantyre, Malawi, (formerly Nyasaland). The publication covers News and Information on any, and all, Pupils and Staff of the Schools over the years, and also aspects of the History of the Country and Current Affairs, News and other Items of interest. The School was started as a Government­backed KG and Junior School for European Children under the auspices of the Church of Scotland Mission in 1938. The Mission built the original, "Mission", School on their land, (today occupied by the Mwaiwathu Private Hospital Complex in Blantyre, the original School building is today part of that Hospital.)

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The School became a Nyasaland Government School in 1947, and was transferred to the Federal Government in 1953. In 1955 construction started on a new Senior School in Nyambadwe. The Std­5 Juniors moved there in mid­1956, and the first Senior Classes started on 28th January 1957. Those first Senior Pupils, (approx 60 in number), are known as the “Club-57”. Also in 1957 work started on a new "Junior" School in Sunnyside. The KG children and some of the Juniors remained at the old "Mission School" while the rest temporarily moved to Nyambadwe until their new Sunnyside School was finished the following year. As from 27th January 1958 the three schools were administratively separated and re­named. They became 'St Andrew's KG School' and 'St Andrew's Preparatory School' (SAPS), (in Sunnyside), and 'St Andrew's High School' (SAHS) , (at Nyambadwe). In 1965 the High School changed its name to 'St Andrew's Secondary School (SASS)' and in 1996 all three schools, (as well as two others in the Country ­ (Sir Harry Johnson (Zomba) and Bishop Mackenzie (Lilongwe)) ­ became independently financed “International” Schools). The Preparatory School became 'St Andrew's International Preparatory School' (SAIPS) and the High School reverted to its original name and became 'St Andrew's International High School' (SAIntS). These names still stand today. The period that the FS Journal focuses on is ­ "The Federal Period", which started on 7th September 1953 until 3rd July 1964, (the last School Day before Independence). All pupils, of all the St Andrew's Schools, during this period are refered to as “The Federal Saints”. Some earlier, and later, Pupils are also members of the Group as well as a few Convent Pupils and other interested parties. The monthly FS Journal started publication in January 2005, as the “Federal Saints Newsletter”, as a result of a quest by Ian “Witty” Whitfield to track down as many of the 'old­Saints' as he could and make contact with them. After 4 years of publication the name was changed to “The Federal Saints Journal”. "Witty" is still the Editor and Administrator of the Group and the WebSite and the Newsletter/Journal is now in its 10th year of publication.


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Doug's Scrap Book is interesting again this month as it covers the first known photo of the School taken in 1956. You can see why my comment when I went there in 2008 was - "Where did all the trees come from?"!!

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'Moni' Saints - Mulibwanji? Welcome to your November favourite read!! And I'm sorry it is slightly delayed but I'm afraid we have had lots of Power cuts this past two weeks and it threw me back a bit. Since the beginning of the month we have had 7 days and/or nights with no Power - that's 50%!! As I say so often these days - "Welcome to Africa (as it is)". Sad news, in a way, this month. We have received a letter from Gordon BENBOW, the current Headmaster at the School, that this is his final year at Saints (2014/15)!! Since we started the Group he has been the most supportive Member of Staff towards us and for this I thank him very much indeed!! He invited me to the Schools 50th Celebrations in 2008 when I was lucky to re-visit the Country and the School and to meet him. He has been at Saints for 18 years in all - I think longer than most of us were there!! We wish him all the best for the future and hope he keeps in contact with us. While talking about current Staff at the School I am very pleased to mention that the current Head of the History Dept, Joe WILKINSON, has also joined us and is looking forward to reading all the History we have covered in our backnumbers. I had better warn him that Florrie MULLON will be watching over his shoulder!! We seem to be on a roll this month with School stories the Prep School has a new Headmaster, Paul HARVEY, and he has also joined us and has started to send us their Newsletter which we cover in this issue.

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I have started a new Section this month. It has been in the back of my mind for some time. It is another 'Time Line' and is called "This month in History". I am extracting only General Interest and African subjects from the list but I'm sure most of you will enjoy it and even remember some of the events listed!!. All your usual Sections are included as normal this month. In particular there's an interesting bit of History about a Miss Hlavercecq visiting B.C.A. in 1893, (sent to us by the Society of Malawi), more News about Federalism in Malawi, a visit to Malawi and the School by my friend Paul Osborne and the release of the third volume of "Expatriate Experience of Life and Work in Nyasaland" by Prof Colin Baker.

SOUTH AFRICAN 2015 REUNION For those of you in South Africa, Phil Clark and Nina have again offered to Host the 2015 South African Saints Reunion at their home in Johannesburg. The date will be Sunday 25th January - so mark it in your Calandar now. Full details will be in the December issue of the Journal. See you there!! Last of all if you would like a Malawi T-Shirt have a look under 'Charities'. Enjoy your reading, and Tsalani Bwino. [All Editor's comments are in this colour and font]



HISTORY Timeline ...........................2 This Month in History ....... 2 M.V. Vipya ........................3 SOM's Historical Photos ... 4 SCHOOL Doug's Scrapbook ............ 5 SAPS Magazine ................ 7 SAHS Magazine ................9 The Fisherman ................. 10 The FS Newsletter ........... 11 SAIntS Newsletter ........... 12 SAIPS Newsletter ............ 14

GENERAL SECTIONS Stamp Study ..................................... 15 Club­57 .............................................18 Saints Database ................................18 New Members ...................................19 Missing & 'AWOL' ............................. 19 Sick Report ....................................... 19 In Memoriam .................................... 20 Birthday Book ...................................21 Letters of the Month ......................... 23 Saints on the Move ........................... 23 Points & Sponsors ............................ 23 Get­Togethers .................................. 23 Coming Events ..................................23 Comments on the Journal ................. 25 Saint's Letters and Memories ........... 26 General Mailbox ................................29 Travelogue ....................................... 30 Bits 'n Pieces .................................... 33 Society of Malawi ............................. 35 Computer Corner .............................. 36 Malawi News .................................... 37 Other Publications ............................ 38 The Bookshelf ...................................39 Saints Accommodation ..................... 47 Charities ........................................... 48 Closing Comments ............................ 49 All the above are working 'HotLinks'!! (Double-Click to Jump to the page, Click 'Return' - (Below center) to get back)

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November 10, 1871 ­ Explorer Henry M. Stanley found Missionary David Livingstone at Ujiji, Africa. Stanley began his search the previous March for Livingstone who had been missing for two years. Upon locating him, he simply asked, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"

This is a monthly 'TimeLine' for the Journal and History of the School and Country. A sort of "What happened this month in History" kind of thing.

This month I have taken the opportunity to start a new Section that I have had in my mind for some time now.

November 11, 1918 ­ At 5 a.m., in Marshal Foch's railway car in the Forest of Compiegne, the Armistice between the Allied and Central Powers was signed, silencing the guns of World War I effective at 11 a.m. – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. In many places in Europe, a moment of silence in memory of the millions of fallen soldiers is still observed.

I've already done a Year Timeline for the "History of St Andrew's" Booklet, produced for the 50th Anniversary Reunion, back in 2007 and we have updated and added to this Booklet since then. But I thought it would be nice try and do a monthly one, incorporating this old Timeline - where we know the exact dates - and adding new points of interest as well for both the School and the Country.

It is a list of items of World History over the years. I have selected only General Interest items and items pertaining to Africa and I hope you will find this of interest and maybe even remember some of these milestones of History.

THIS MONTH IN HISTORY (From the History Place) (

NOVEMBER So please write in with any dates of Events, Historical comments Anniversaries, Sporting Functions and anything of this kind to build up this feature.

November 1, 1993 ­ The European Union came into existence as a result of the Maastricht Treaty.


November 1, 1995 ­ The first all­Race Local Government Elections took place in South Africa, marking the end of the Apartheid system.


New School Management Committee formed. 1963 31st Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland dissolved. 1965 Sharp House discontinued.



Swimming Pool at High School – construction started. Banda visit to High School and name changed to 'St Andrew's Secondary School' Designated School Board set­ up by Government to control the School


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November 3, 1957 ­ Soviet Russia launched the world's first inhabited Space Capsule, Sputnik II, which carried a dog named Laika. November 4, 1922 ­ King Tut's Tomb was discovered at Luxor, Egypt, by British Archaeologist Howard Carter after several years of searching. November 5th ­ Remembered as Guy Fawkes Day in Britain, for the Anniversary of the failed "Gunpowder Plot" to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I in 1605. November 9, 1989 ­ The Berlin Wall was opened up after standing for 28 years as a symbol of the Cold War. The 27.9 mile wall had been constructed in 1961.


November 14, 1770 ­ Scottish Explorer James Bruce discovered the source of the Blue Nile on Lake Tana in Northwest Ethiopia. November 16, 1989 ­ South African President F.W. de Klerk announced the abandonment of the Separate Amenities Act, thus opening the Country's beaches to all Races. November 17, 1869 ­ The Suez Canal was formally opened after more than 10 years of construction. November 18, 1477 ­ William Caxton printed the first book in the English language, The Dictes and Sayengis of the Phylosophers. November 20, 1947 ­ England's Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten. Elizabeth was the first child of King George VI and became Queen Elizabeth II upon the death of her Father in 1952. November 22, 1497 ­ Portuguese Navigator Vasco Da Gama, leading a fleet of four Ships, became the first to sail round the Cape of Good Hope, while searching for a sea route to India. November 22, 1963 ­ At 12:30 p.m., on Elm Street in down­town Dallas, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. November 24, 1859 ­ Charles Darwin's book "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" was first published, theorizing that all living creatures descended from a common ancestor.


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Passenger, a Major Hargreaves, when he disembarked, had something to say about the neglect of Life­Boat Drill and his fear that the Vipya's superstructure, (which had already led her to be nicknamed the Llangibby Castle), might make her top­heavy, and he was hardly reassured by her Captain’s assertion that she was a "fine seaworthy Boat".

M.V. Llangibby Castle (From Wikipedia)

The Vipya about to sail on her final voyage July 1946

"Livingstone's Lake" by Oliver Ransford,

Continued from last month ....

Chapter 15 ­ THE YIPYA AFFAIR Before going into regular service the Vipya was taken out on several 'shake­down' cruises, and even the Governor found time to sail with his family on one of them. Like Farquharson he pronounced himself perfectly satisfied with the Ship’s performance. But it must be admitted that this opinion was not shared by everybody, for one

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The Llangibby was a Passenger Liner of the Union-Castle Line, operating between 1929 and 1954. The Ship was named after the Castle at Llangybi, Monmouthshire. The Ship was constructed by Harland and Wolff, at their Shipyard in Govan, Glasgow. She was the first Ship to utilise Pressure Charging in combination with Exhaust Gas Boilers. The Ship was principally employed by the Company on the Round Africa Service. In 1940, the Llangibby Castle transported a number of Germans, who had been deported from Kenya and Tanganyika, due to the commencement of the Second World War, to Genoa, Italy. This occurred during the "Phoney War", before Italy had formally entered the War against Britain and France. She was damaged during an Air Raid while docked in Liverpool on the night of 21st Dec 1940. While sailing as a Troopship she was torpedoed on 16 January 1942 by the German Submarine U402, being hit in the stern, killing 26 people and blowing away her aft gun and the Rudder. Her engines were still operational and she was able to limp to Horta, in the Azores, steering with her engines, and only making 9 knots (17 km/h). During the voyage she had to fight off Air attacks from FW 200s. She arrived safely on 19 January, but could only stop for 14 days as Portugal was a Neutral Country. After making some repairs she prepared to sail again for Gibraltar on 2 February, escorted by the Destroyers HMS Croome, HMS Westcott and HMS Exmoor, and towed by the Tugboat Thames. The convoy was followed by several U-

Boats, but escaped damage, with Westcott sinking U-581. They arrived at Gibraltar on 8 February, where the Troops were disembarked, and some more temporary


repairs carried out. She sailed for Britain on 6 April, still lacking a Rudder. She arrived in Britain on 13 April, having sailed 3400 miles with a damaged stern and steering only by engines, an achievement which led to her Captain, a man named Bayer, being awarded the OBE. After full repairs she returned to Service as a Troopship, and took part in 'Operation Torch' on 9 November 1942, during which she was hit by a shell from a shore battery, and had one man killed. While being prepared at Gibraltar to take part in the Allied Invasion of Italy she damaged her bows. After being repaired in the UK, she underwent conversion to a Landing Ship. After working up in Loch Fyne, she was used to transport Troops in the Mediterranean, and was assigned to the Normandy Landings in 1944, carrying Canadian Troops to Juno Beach. She landed two waves of Troops, and was later moved to land Troops at Omaha and Utah Beaches, and at Le Havre. She spent the last year of the War as a Troop Ship in the Far East. Post War she also had her problems, Robert McGowan Barrington-Ward, the Editor of The Times died while he was a passenger on the ship in 1948 at Dar es Salaam. In December 1949, again at Dar es Salaam, the Ship had a serious fire in the Cargo Hold.

And Hargreaves, it soon turned out, was not the only person who felt uneasy about the Ship's stability. At Karonga on her second trip, the Vipya, afloat in dead calm water, was seen to be heavily down by the Stern. Farquharson when questioned about this, was understood to say that the plates in the African Heads were perhaps too heavy, but he hastened to add that this could easily be rectified by shifting his ballast, which consisted of forty­four­ gallon drums filled with water. Even more ominously, Captain Flint, who shared Command of the Vipya later reported that the Ship had a very small 'Angle of Heel', and that this together with her light draught might make her dangerous in a high sea. But it is only fair to add that no one expected the Ship to be taken out in bad weather; her Captains were not tied down to a ridgid schedule, certain


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The Federal Saints Journal FEATURE M.V. Vipya Cont ....


Ports were designated as "Weather permitting" calls and it was understood too, that at their discresion Farquharson and Flint could run before a Storm or seek shelter when one blew up.

Angle of Heel (from A vessel is said to Heel when she is not upright as the result of some force external to her. Vessels often Heel when subject to wind. Of course, waves often Heel a vessel also. The amount a vessel is heeled from the upright is the 'Angle of Heel'. The forces required to make a turn will also Heel a vessel. The sharper the turn and the greater the speed, the greater the Angle of Heel. Even large vessels will Heel in a sharp, fast turn. In small, fast vessels, the Heel caused by a turn can be extreme - sufficient to capsize. Until familiar with a vessel, turns should be moderate.

OLD CAR PHOTOS The Launch of M.V. Vipya ­ June 1946 S.O.M. Archives (Donated by Mrs. F. Brereton)

From the SOM's Archives.

Link to a paper on Angle of Heel e/files/shipcalculations2.pdf

The Vipya set out on her fourth scheduled voyage round the Lake on July 26th, 1946, with Farquharson in Command, and a Mr. Underwood, a newcomer to Nyasaland, acting as First Officer. The Ship’s Engineer was an Indian named Daud Sheik Ali. The African Crew numbered over fifty; most of them were Veterans in the Service and Che Tine, the Boatswain, was a particularly reliable and experienced man. No one was certain later exactly how many African Passengers were carried on the voyage, but this perhaps is hardly surprising, for even the most honest and efficient Clerks would have found difficulty in keeping a proper tally on the hordes of Third­Class Passengers who embarked and disembarked at every Port with riotous abandon; probably the figure of 137 Third­Class Passengers given at the Enquiry was just about correct, and certainly there was never any suggestion that the Vipya on her last voyage was

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overloaded. The First­Class Cabins, however, were full; certainly six European Passengers were on­ board and a Newspaper report suggests that there were some Indians too; among the former was a prominent local Politician, who had brought his Wife and Parents­in­Law along with him for the trip, while a young Customs Officer and a Miss Gough from Tanganyika were also taking Holiday Cruises. Of the two hundred or more persons on the Vipya when she sailed across the Lake on July 30th, 1946, five days out from Fort Johnston, only forty­nine were alive that evening, and all of them, with the single exception of the Engineer Daud, were Africans.

Continued next month ....



Greeting Card. 1933. Victoria Avenue, Blantyre. John Scott, Solicitor, on near right. Car Registration BT 9643.

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Bedford Truck Reg CO 124 (Writing above windscreen seems to be "Bennett and Sons")

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The old Piano and Desks in the Art Room are relics of the over­crowded days at [the old] St Andrew's School, but the rest, from the distempered walls to the spotlights in the large Hall are a wonderful novilty for the 150 children and six Staff Members, writes our Special Correspondent.




United Bus. Reg BC 56, 1969

Volvo on Dirt Road in the Rainy Season. Car Reg BB 1644

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School Badges

"We have the chance of a lifetime to make this the 'Number One' School in the Federation", said Mr D. ECCLES, Headmaster of the new European Primary School at Nyambadwe, Blantyre, after he had show me round the magnificent School buildings. Six of the eight Classrooms are now in use for Standards I to V children.


"The children are very thrilled with it", said Mr ECCLES, and walking through the spacious rooms I could hardly wonder. Beyond the imposing Wooden Doors with their large Brass Handles, much remains to be done. Classes are held to the constant accompaniment of sandpapering on the floor of the big Hall. Here an enormous Stage, Spotlights and Dimmers cater for School Plays while the body of the Hall will be used as a Gymnasium, with two changing rooms attached The Stage will be primarily a Hostel Dining Room. Leading off it is a fully equipped Kitchen ­ the Hot Plates had just arrived! NEW WING The Hostel itself is still under construction, but already the airy Dormitories ­ Girls upstairs, Boys downstairs ­ are taking shape. The open brickwork on the walls of the Drying Rooms make an attractive Architectural design as well as serving as starting points for fitting new extensions. The most important extension will be the addition of the Secondary School Wing onto the present Administrative Block.



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On the first floor, behind the School Hall is the Projector Room believed to be the first in the Federation. Here a Film Projector, Film Strip Projector and Gramophone will be installed when they arrive in July. One of the most popular rooms in the School should be the Library, with its excellent lighting and full­length windows overlooking the main drive. It will be stocked within the next few weeks. The children moved into their new premises last week when the new Term opened. Six of the eight Classrooms are in use.




MUSIC A well­balanced programme has been laid out for the children. Basic Classes such as Arithmetic and Grammar are taken in the morning, the afternoon being devoted to Music and Art Classes. Music is taught at the moment in the Kindergarten Block as these children are still at [the old] St Andrew's. Here I find the old Piano awaiting its transfer to its proper place in the big Hall, where Mr ECCLES and his Piano­Accordion now provide accompaniment to the Community Singing. From 4 to 5pm children will have Sports. Here the problem of Sports Fields and Playgrounds arises. Sports Fields to cater for Secondary, as well as Primary, School children will be laid out once the wooded surroundings are leveled off. "We shall have to rely on the generosity of local Clubs for the use of Playing Fields until then", said Mr ECCLES. "We want Playgrounds away from the School", he explained as the cries of children echoed through the corridors and waste ground during the morning break. STAFF The Boarders, when they come, will not only find a spacious Hostel but a Sanatorium with Matron's Quarters. This will be used as Staff Quarters until permanent Staff accommodation is built. Staffing again is a problem. Resident Teachers are required, especially when Boarders come to live in the Hostel. Another male Teacher is expected soon. The Administrative Block is adequate for the contingencies of new Staff. There are offices for the Headmaster, Assistant Headmaster, Secretary and a Staff Room all near the main entrance.

First known photo of the Nyambadwe School June 1956

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OLD PUBLICATIONS "SAPS MAGAZINE" ST. ANDREW'S PREPARATORY SCHOOL MAGAZINE Vol 1, No 4 April 1960 The Adventure of the Mine Robbers One day Timothy and myself were playing Cops and Robbers in the yard when my Dad came out of the door and said, “Boys, do you want to come with. me to the Mine? I’m going there right now.” Tim and I were only too glad to go and we jumped into the Land Rover. When we got to the Mine we jumped out of the Land Rover and tore down into the Mine. All of a sudden I heard Tim yell for help. I turned round and saw a man with dark glasses holding him in a grip of iron. I quickly hid behind a barrel and watched the man pass. Tim was screaming and biting him. Eventually he bit him so hard that the man loosened his hold for a moment and then, as quick as lightning, Tim pulled himself away leaving the man standing there looking extremely surprised, and holding a big piece of Tim’s shirt in his hand. In my excitement I had forgotten all about myself and I shouted out, “Come on Tim run your fastest." The man looked up and ran towards me. I pushed the barrel over which tripped him up. This gave me a fairly good start.

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All of a sudden I heard voices and I thought they were coming from the Mine workers. When I came nearer I saw that they were not the Miners but other men. Now I was trapped, a lot of men in front of me and a big strong man behind me. What should I do‘? The only thing I could do was to turn back and try and sneak past the man in the dark glasses and run back to my Dad. I passed him without much trouble. Having walked a short way I met my Dad and he said, “I've been worried about you. Tim told me all about it.” “Say, what on the world have you been up to?” I told my Dad the whole story from where we raced into the Mine till I met him, with Tim putting in several chunks which I had missed out. When I finished my Dad said, “Well, I think those fellows are up to no good. I believe they want to steal my tin. We Won't be able to stand up against a gang like that so we had better tell the Police. There is no telephone around for miles, so we had better go into town ourselves. They will escape if we just go in the car to the Police so we must capture them somehow.” We all put our heads together and thought. Then, all of a sudden, Dad got an idea. He said, “If we push the rocks on to the hole where you got out of the Mine they will be trapped. They won’t be able to push the rocks away from the inside, only people from the outside could open it.” We did all Dad had said, Soon the car engine was started and Dad was off. He left us with the Miners. Tim, I and the Miners were waiting at the entrance. After a while we heard a muffled call “Let us out, we want to get out." I replied, “Not if I can help it you will not." I looked through one of the cracks and saw the man with dark glasses going red in the face with anger. “You'll pay for this I’m telling you," he shouted. "You can try and pay us back if you ever get the chance to," yelled Tim with a scornful look on his face and he pulled a tongue at the man down below. This arguing went on for about half an hour. In the distance we heard a Police truck driving up. We saw that Dad was in the front with a smile on his face. When the truck stopped all the big, tall Policemen got out and came over to where we were sitting. “Your game’s over gentlemen,” I said to the chaps below me in a polite voice. “Here come the Police.”

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The Federal Saints Journal SAPS MAGAZINE Cont .... In less than ten minutes the Police had taken the rocks away and were marching the prisoners towards the truck. As usual Tim was doing something idiotic, he was marching next to the thieves shouting, “Left right, left, right, left right.” Dad said to us, “You can have a small present from me." Tim said immediately, “A shirt,” because his was still torn. I said, “Every time you go to the Mine may we come?” I said this because we might have more adventures. “Will we have more?" "Let’s all wait and see, should we?" Jos Berkeljon

were covered with sheets of iron), with the three women who were kept busy loading the guns and attending to the wounded. We were attacked all the time for sixteen miles, and the Horses that pulled the Waggons were shot and had to be changed. The wounded had to be dragged in and indeed it was a grim and gory spectacle. I was very thirsty, and when I heard water flowing I jumped out and drank a long refreshing drink. I was very nearly left behind. At last we reached the safety of Salisbury. A few days later I heard that Nesbitt had received the Victoria Cross.

The Mazoe Patrol I am a Dog, my name is 'Hopeful'. I woke one night and heard something strange moving about. I began to bark in alarm. My barking woke 'Duty', a bigger Dog than I, and when he started to bark my Master came out to see what was wrong.

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It was growing light and he could see out of a window that something was wrong, very wrong indeed, for he started yelling. “The Mashonas, they have surrounded us! Help! Wake up!" Everyone was awake by now and Farmers were arriving at the Alice Mines for safety. ' They quickly formed a Laager and two men, Blakiston and Routledge, forced their way on one Horse through the Mashonas' lines. Somehow they they put through a message to Fort Salisbury for help. Duty' said that the message went by Telegraph, but I think they rode to Salisbury, for they never came back. People arrived with more guns,but we were not enough to make the way back to Salisbury. Very soon help arrived and we all tried to make our way down led by Inspector Nesbitt.

On The Way To .......

'Duty' and I stayed in the Waggon, (whose sides

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(Under 14 Years) 100 Yds: Ian Clarke (†) JJH 1st; Harland Lubrandt LW 2nd; Reg Bentley (†) SH 3rd. Time ­ 12.9 secs. 220 Yds: Harland Lubrandt LW 1st; Tony Scott­Rodger (†) SH 2nd; Ian Clarke (†) JH 3rd. Time ­ 29.7 secs.


Third Annual Athletics Meeting


BOYS : (Under 18 Years) 100 Yds: Chris Whitehead LV 1st; LV 2nd; Niel ColdweIls LW 3rd. Mark Keelan 220 Yds: Chris Whitehead Cuan Coulter Mark Keelan


1st; 2nd; 3rd.

High Jump: Oresti Yiannakis Bruce Fitzsimmons (†) Graham Noble


Long Jump: Oresti Ylannakis Niel Coldwells Chris Whitehead


Cricket Ball: Rod Bater Bruce Filzsimmons (†) Graham Noble Relay:







Time ­ 13.2 secs.

Time ­ 29.7 secs.

1st; 2nd; 3rd. Height ­ 4 ft.1½in 1st; 2nd; 3rd. Distance ­ 14ft.

3rd. Time ­ 60.4 secs.


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1st; 2nd; 3rd. Distance ­ 4ft. 2in.

Long Jump: Tony Scott­Rodger (†) SH 1st; Peter Malkin JH 2nd; Rick Kelly LV 3rd. Distance ­ 14ft. 9in. Michael O'Neill SH 1st; Reg Bentley (†) SH 2nd; Alex Buchner JH and Peter Malkin JH 3rd. Distance ­ 215ft. 4in.

1st; 2nd; 3rd. Distance ­ 15ft.8¼in.


80 Yds. Hurdles: Paul Yiannakis Clive Gascoyne Dudley Buchner Cricket Ball: Clive Gascoyne Peter Lyster Clive Whiting Shot Put: Paul Yiannakis Ronny King Clive Whiting Relay:






1st; 2nd; 3rd. Time­30.8secs.

1st; 2nd; 3rd. Distance ­ 188 ft.

1st; 2nd; 3rd. Distance ­ 36 ft. 4 in.



3rd. Time ­ 55.4 secs.


Cricket Ball:


1st; 2nd; 3rd. Distance ­ 190ft.11in.


High Jump: Niel Freimond Reg Bentley (†) Peter Malkin

Long Jump: Ronny King Clive Gascoyne Paul Yiannakis


100 yds:



(Under 15 Years) Ronny King SH 1st; Paul Yiannakis LV 2nd; Des Pearce SH 3rd. LV

220 Yds: Paul Ylannakis Ronny King Jim Allan 440 Yds:

880 Yds:



Jim Allan Ronny King Paul Yiannakis


Jim Allan Dudley Buchner Paul Yiannakis

High Jump:

1st; 2nd; 3rd. 1st; 2nd; 3rd.


Ronny King Paul Yiannakis Trevor Moss


Time ­ 10.9 secs.

1st; 2nd; 3rd.

Time ­ 23.8 secs.

1st; 2nd; 3rd.

Time ­ 57.8 secs.


Time ­ 11.6 secs.

Time ­ 26.8 secs.

Time ­ 65.0 secs.

1st; 2nd; 3rd. Time ­ 2 min. 28.3secs.


(Over 15 Years) 100 Yds: Johan Klopper LW 1st: Peter Parker SH 2nd; Jim Yiannakis LV 3rd.

1st; 2nd; 3rd. Distance ­ 4ft. 8in,

220 Yds: Johan Klopper Peter Parker Jim Yiannakis


440 Yds: Johan Klopper Peter Parker Jim Yiannakis


880 Yds: Johan Klopper Peter Parker Jim Yiannakis





1st; 2nd; 3rd. Time ­ 2 min. 20.7 secs.

High Jump: Johan Klopper Peter Parker Ian Harries


Long Jump: Johan Klopper Alfie Kennedy Peter Parker




1st; 2nd; 3rd. Distance ­ 5 ft. 6¼ in. 1st; 2nd; 3rd. Distance 19 ft. 9½in.


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100 Yds. Hurdles: Johan Klopper Peter Parker Mike Curnow secs. Shot Put: Johan Klopper Mike Curnow Max Kennedy



1st; 2nd; 3rd. Time ­ 13.0


1st; 2nd; 3rd. Distance ­ 40 ft. 10½in.

The Forth Issue of


Discuss: Johan Klopper 1st; LV Hugh Hardwick SH 2nd; Peter Parker (S.) 3rd. Distance ­ 95 ft. 7 ½in. SH Relay:







3rd. Sharp Time ­ 51.5 secs.

School Year 1982­83 The Cover Design Shows the Beit Library and was drawn by Oliver Rycken of Form V

BONAVENTURE by Charlotte Hastings This year’s Production by The St. Andrew’s Theatre Company was "BONAVENTURE", by Charlotte Hastings. It was the fifth of the Company’s Annual Productions, and had quite a reputation of live up to.

Johannes Klopper ­ Victor Ludorum 1960 Best Performance to Date: Long Jump of 21ft 7 in. Nyasaland Junior Championships July 1960

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The Play is a Murder, Mystery­Thriller typical of the early post­War British Theatre. Its novelty lies in the fact that it is set in a Nursing­Order Convent in Norfolk, perhaps the last place one would expect to find such intrigue. The Convent Staff, a mixture of Nuns and Medics, play host to three travellers forced to abandon their journey because of severe flooding. At the end of the first Act we learn that two of the travellers are Prison Officers, and that the third, Sarat Carn, is being taken to Norwich to be hanged for the murder of her Brother. The rest of the Play revolves around Sister Mary Bonaventure’s doubts about the case as she comes to understand Sarat’s Artistic temperament, and her subsequent unravelling of the true facts concerning the murder.

Continued next month .....



Perhaps a weakness of the Play is its lack of alternative suspects. lf Sarat is innocent, then who


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The Federal Saints Journal THE FISHERMAN Cont .... could be guilty? Suspicion inevitably falls on Willy Pentridge, the Village Idiot, a simpleton prone to sudden violent outbursts. But his presence is the obvious red herring. Discounting the Nurses and the Nuns, we are left with Martha, Willy’s Mother and the local gossip, and Doctor Jeffreys, who had apparently done everything he could to aid Sarat‘s alcoholic Brother. Sister Bonaventure comes to think otherwise, and so, presumably, do the more discerning members of the audience. Where the Play succeeds, however, is in the construction and intricacies of its plot. Spurred on by her own Religious self­doubts, Sister Bonaventure overcomes numerous obstacles to reveal the true course of events: how Jeffreys had committed the murder, and his motives for doing so. By trapping him in the final scene, she forces him to reveal that his Wife and Sarat's Brother had had an affair in America some years earlier, that his Wife had subsequently died, and that his motive was straightforward revenge. The Play ends with Jeffreys’ suicide, as he jumps off the tower, Sarat’s tearful realisation that she is free, and Sister Bonaventure’s awareness that she has overcome all her doubts and has once more seen the light. The standard of performance was very high, and it was rewarding for all concerned to hear that many people thought this was the most professional of all the School’s Productions. Hard work behind the scenes was largely responsible for this. Special thanks, therefore, must go to all concerned in this respect. The Stage Crew even had their moments of glory when they performed their rapid scene change for the audience after the final curtain. Greatest praise must, however, go to the Cast. They turned up for Rehearsals four days a week for the entire Term, often working late into the night, and it was this dedication that was primarily responsible for the Play’s success. Each performer proved to be well­suited to his, or her, role, though some of the casting initially seemed a little curious. Paolo Lossaco was perfect as the Village Idiot, (one might say type­cast), though his Italian accent seemed a little out of place, especially as Joanne Gajda, playing his Mother, employed a Yorkshire dialect!! And Zoe Radley, the youngest member of the Cast, turned in an admirable performance as the Mother Superior,

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the oldest character in the Play. Adele Wainman and Kay Davis were well matched as the two Nurses; Natalie La Rouche was suitably placid as one Prison Officer, while Tim La Croix’s frame and voice were just right for the other; and Matthew Melendy’s nervousness and naturally brusque delivery were fitting for his role as the guilty Doctor. As usual, there was the award of the Acting Cup to the best Actor or Actress. In addition this year there was a second Cup, for the Best Supporting Performance, kindly donated by a Parent, Mr. Ian Young. The Adjudicator for the second consecutive year was Mr. Eamonn Kelly, formerly a Teacher at the School, and Producer of the Company’s first two Plays. He cannot have had much difficulty in deciding the winner for the Best Supporting Role. Margarita Ballossini gave a stunning performance as the lively, jovial Sister Josephine, busying herself around the stage and delivering her lines with professional precision and inflection. She duly received the Cup. There were two contenders for the Principal Award, Rosemary Hayes as Sister Bonaventure and Marieanne Stacey as Sarat Carn, and there was little to choose between them. The part of Sarat called for a wide range of emotions, and Marieanne delivered them forcefully. In contrast, Rosemary had to convey the Sister’s inner torment with little sign of outward emotion. It was for the way in which she coped with this, and sustained the character throughout, that she was presented with the Cup; just reward for the most demanding role in the play. lt was satisfying, after all the hard work of mounting the Production, to play to such large and appreciative audiences. We faced many difficulties in Rehearsals, and had a minor disaster in one of the School Dress Rehearsals, when the Tapestry screen swung into a vertical position, obscuring most of the Cast. Thankfully, no such problems arose in performance. Indeed, an indication of the standard achieved is that not a single prompt was required on any of the nights. Four members of the Cast have since departed, but the majority remain available for future Productions. lt is to be hoped that we can build on such a wealth of talent and go from strength to strength. W. D. M.

Continued next month ....




RECIPE CORNER Cathryn “Cathy” (or “Coffee” as I was known all through out School!) Kemp (54­63)[LV](GBR) First off, many, many thanks for the wonderful job you are doing on the Newsletter. The hard work and time especially you put in is amazing and I know that everyone is so grateful. I just wish I'd been able to contribute more myself ­ however, I'm


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getting there as I've started a document in Word to eventually send you! I noticed your remark about a Nyasaland Recipe Book ­ which sent me into a 'tizz' as I'm sure my Mum had it, but in searching all I came up with..... the "Saint Andrews High School Recipe Book"!! Unfortunately, there's no date on it anywhere to indicate when it was printed, (most likely done on the old Gestetner or Roneo machine!). Scanned front page is attached for you! What I can do, if no one else out there has it, is scan in all the pages (18) and send it you or else, which you may prefer, make a photocopy and post to you. As yet I haven't found the Nyasaland Recipe Book, but I think it could be in a box of books in the shed at the bottom of the garden. A job for another day!




She measured out the butter with a very solemn air, The milk and sugar also, and took the greatest care To count the eggs correctly, and to add the little bit of baking powder, which you know, beginners oft omit, Then she mixed it all together, and she baked it full an hour, But she never quite forgave herself for leaving out the flour!

Aon Malawi recently donated 850 Astronomy books, which map the Southern skies, to The Ministry of Education for distribution to Secondary schools in Malawi and Managing Director David Paul personally presented two of these marvellous books to SAIntS. The books include a foreword by Kenneth Kaunda ex­President Of Zambia and a recommendation by Sir Patrick Moore on the back cover.

PTA NEWS The PTA that was elected in June 2014 met on the 10th September. They will be a very active PTA and want to engage Parents to celebrate the great things about SAIntS as well sharing any concerns that arise. There are many events this year that the PTA will be assisting with, so be ready to volunteer when they ask Parents to help.


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There are several ways we as Parents can support our children. Here are a few:




Chair – Michelle Tofts, Secretary – Marion Merriam, Parent Rep to the Board – Ted Chanza Teacher Reps: Joe Wilkinson, Sarah Samanyika and Helen Wells, Parent Reps: Loveness Imaan, Gabby Wetten and Russel Suter.

• Make sure that your child uses their planner properly, and passes you School communications. • Make sure that your child has set routines at bedtime and breakfast. • Leave in plenty of time to make School for registration, or make sure your drivers do.

“Coffee” has scanned and sent me the complete booklet, (thanks a lot!), and I will be reproducing it in the Newsletter over the next couple of months. Rather interestingly it starts with the following two items .......

Here lies a poor woman who always was tired, She lived in a house where help wasn't hired, Her last words on Earth were "Dear friends I am going, Where washing ain't done, nor sweeping nor sewing; But everything there is exact to my wishes, For where they don't eat there's no washing of dishes, I'll be where loud anthems will always be ringing, But having no voice I'll be clear of the singing. Don't mourn for me now, don't mourn for me never, I'm going to do nothing for ever and ever.

The PTA this year is:­


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Gordon BENBOW (Headmaster)

At St. Andrew’s we take our Mission Statement seriously. The focus in this Newsletter is on "The ability to recognise and respond to the needs of others". Dear Witty The amount of Community Service being done at SAIntS is staggering at times. All Year Groups are involved in Charity Work, and all House and Year­12 and 13 are involved with separate Charity Work. We also ambitiously want the majority of 14­18 year olds at SAIntS to achieve at least the Bronze Award of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. This includes 3 months of Community Service, once a week for a few hours. This is where we need YOUR help as Parents. Help your child in organising Community Service. For more information please email


All the best

September 30th, 2014

Final Year at SAIntS Dear Parents and Students, This is a short letter to say what a great year it has been so far, and also notice that this will be my last year at St. Andrew’s International High School, eighteen years in total.

[email protected] or go to

WALL OF FAME St. Andrew’s is proud of its ex­Students as they find success in all walks of life. Over the next year we are going to feature ex­Students who have made great success in their chosen fields. If you know any ex­Student who deserves to be on the Wall of Fame ­ which will be on the stairwell up to the Headmaster's office, then please contact me at [email protected] The First four ex­Students who will be the first WALL of FAME holders are: Naheed Mukadam: Recently featured on the BBC for her expertise in Dementia. Ahmed Sunka: Who was selected to go on a Washington Fellowship this year. Washington Chimuzu: Holder of a Fulbright Scholarship.


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I am on the move next year which will make it 18 years and 7½ years as Headteacher. Read the small attached letter to Parents.

I have to say that this School has been an absolutely brilliant place to work, and Malawi an amazing place to live, and raise a family. For those who don’t know my History here I was Director of Sixth Form Studies from 1997­ 2005, Deputy Head Curriculum from 2003 until 2008, Acting Headteacher from Feb 2008 until July 2008 and Headteacher since September 2008. I am looking forward to my final year being one of fantastic events and super memories. The first is going to be the Sponsored Trip on October 10th­ 12th so please sponsor us if you can; we are raising money for Cleft Lip Surgery and the CharChar Trust. There are many other large events on the horizon that Parents and Students can get involved in, such as the 24 hour Malaria Swim. I am looking forward to an amazing final year. Many thanks for your support, Yours faithfully

Gordon Benbow Headteacher



24 HOUR SWIM AGAINST MALARIA Dear Parents/Guardians, As scheduled, we are planning our Charity Swim Against Malaria on Fri 14th (12 noon), – Sat 15th November (12 noon). The plan is to swim the length of Lake Malawi. It will be, (weather permitting), a 24 hour 'Swimathon'. Anyone wishing to swim over night must arrive by 8pm and expect to stay the night at School. There will no admission to School after 8pm. Families and Students 16+ years are invited to camp overnight in the Gym or on the field, students under 16 yrs need to have an adult with them and to arrive by 8pm Friday evening. School will welcome all swimmers from the community from 7am Saturday morning. You must return the Permission Slip, (available from the School Reception), to Ms Gaunt by Monday 10th November if you are planning to stay overnight. Anyone wishing to take part in the Swim should please bring a Mosquito Net which will then be taken to the Malaria Unit at Queens. There will be tea, coffee and hot chocolate available to buy throughout the night, as well as a Tuck Shop selling snacks. We will have Supervisors and Lifeguards on duty all night although we would


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welcome any assistance from Parents/Guardians where possible. Students are advised to bring snacks with them for during the night. There will be a family 'Bring and Braai' on Friday afternoon 5­7pm and the PTA will also be selling Lasagne (MK1000.00 p/portion) which needs to be ordered by Monday 10th November, (please fill in the Permission Sheets available at the Reception to pre­order your portion of delicious Lasagne). On Saturday morning there will be Bacon and Egg rolls for breakfast from 7am and a Braai from 10am up until we finish swimming. All members of the community and from Primary Schools are very welcome to join us at SAInts on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning but younger Students must be accompanied by an adult who will help to supervise and count lengths!

Recently, as you might of noticed, the Prep School (SAIPS) Headmaster, Peter SLONE left and a new one was appointed. The new Headmaster is Paul HARVEY who has come from Gloucester in the UK. We have been able to make contact with him and he has now given us all the details on their weekly SAIPS Newsletter

You will notice a list of "Hotlinks" at the bottom of their Home Page and these take you to a page on that subject. The Links are Home, Welcome, About Our School, Inspection Report, Our Staff, Board of Governors, About Malawi, Curriculum, Early Years, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Specialist Subjects, Sports at SAIPS, Extra Curricular, Assemblies, Our Classrooms,


Our Hostel, The Farm, School Lunches,

They have their own WebSite at

Introduction, Newsletters, Term Dates, A Day at SAIPS, School Uniform, SAIPS Parents, Our Community, School Fees, Staff Vacancies, Contact Us.

PHOTOGRAPHS Please remember NO alcohol or glass bottles.

They also have their own Flickr Page with lots of interesting photos -

Please contact [email protected] at School for further details, or if you would like to assist in any way.


LAKE MALAWI Is 365 Miles long or 584Km. Which works out to 23360 Lengths of the Pool.

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Continued from last month ...




The Weekly Newsletter is uploaded to their site every Fri, and can be found under 'Newsletters' on the WebSite


1977 Apr 01 Handicrafts Designer G. Hutchins Printer: Questra, Litho Watermark: Cockerel; Perf: 14 Multicoloured



542 4t Man and Woman 543 10t Elephant (Horiz) 544 20t Rhino (Horiz) 545 40t Deer

Compiled and Edited by ­ Ian “Witty” Whitfield SG 546 Minature Sheet 153*112mm Perf ??

This is the issue for the week ending 3rd October

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1977 Jul 12 Transport Designer Harrisin Printer: Walsal Litho Watermark: Cockerel; Perf: 14*14½

1977 Oct 04 Fish of Lake Malawi

1977 Nov 21 Christmas

Designer R. Granger Barrett

Designer G. Hutchins

Printer: J.W., Litho

Printer: Enschede, Litho

Watermark: Cockerel; Perf: 13½

Watermark: NONE; Perf: 14*13½




SG 547 4t Chileka Airport SG 548 10t Blantyre­Lilongwe Road SG 540 20t M.V. Ilala II SG 550 40t Blantyre­Nacala Rail Line



552A 553A 554A 555A

4t Blue­Grey Mbuna 10t Livingstone's Mbuna 20t Zebra Mbuna 40t Malawi Scale­Eater


557 558 559 560

4t deep blue 10t Madona and Child 20t Bottigella Alterpiece 40t Madonna of the Fountain

SG 552B to SG 555B are identical but have no Watermark.

SG 551 Minature Sheet 127*83mm, Perf ??.

1977 Oct 19 Postage Dues Designer ?? Printer: Bradbury & Wilkinson, Litho Watermark: NONE; Perf: 11½

SG D23 2t brown SG D24 4t mauve SG D26 10t gray

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SG 561 Minature Sheet 150*116mm, Perf ??. SG 556A Minature Sheet 147*99mm, Perf 13 SG 556B Has no Watermark..


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W.J. LESLIE Senior was an Accountant and had started Naperi Farms as a sideline, producing Milk, Cream, Beef and Pork.

Zanna Malavasi (Leslie) (60­63)[Bt]{P} Hi Witty More pages from the Jock and Derry Leslie Story told by using Stamps from around the World.

The Bakery sold Bread, Buns, Cakes ­ even Wedding Cakes ­ all made by an Indian Master Baker.

Put together by Barbara LAMPORT­STOKES.


A keen Rugby Player, Jock Captained the Blantyre Sports Club Team for 2 or 3 years.

He was a Member of the Rotary Club of Blantyre.

Chambo Black Bass

Jock enjoyed Fishing... And them!!


To make the images and writing easier to see I have decided to "edit" the pages to fit our Journal format.

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The Original Pupils of (Counted at the Middle of each Month)

St Andrew's 'Senior' School.

STATISTICS In 1951 Jock went on leave and met Derry aboard Ship, He was particularly taken with her long elegant neck!!

As we now know ­ the "132 Pupils who started at St Andrew's", as mentioned by Bill OWEN(†), were in fact those who attended in 1958! The best estimate of the original, 1957, intake is about 60, (ie 2 Streams, (A & B), each having just over 25 pupils). We therefore name this group as the "Club57" and will try to establish who these all were. To be a “Club-57er” you had to have STARTED during the 1st Term, which began on Jan 28th 1957.



Active (Incl ANON, Joint & Hold) ........ 808 Pending (Not Signed­In yet) ................ 51 Reply ?? (Never replied to us) .............. 25 AWOL (Mail is "Bouncing") ................... 70

On St. Valentin's Day. Within 3 months they were married in Hailey Chapel.

Their Honey moon was spent sailing to Cape Town then they drove through Rhodesia and Mozambique.....

..... to Blantyre, Nyasaland to start their new life together at Napiri Farms.

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Spotted (Waiting for address) ............ 90

Isabel Allan (now Parker); Thomas Bull; Valaine Cantley (now Middleton); Jacqui Card (now Roberts); John Chalke; Sandra Challis (now Foy); Barbara Cox (now Cranfield); Janet Cribb (now Hopping); Mike Curnow; Jan de Waal; Victoria Delcou(†); Susan Eccles (now Halpin); George Ferroni; Mick Furby; Margaret Galley; Marina Gatto (now Gee); Geoff Goodchild; Barry Gregg (now Stranack); John Gregg (now Stranack); Charlie Haines(†); Robbie Haines; Ian Harries; Maureen Kennington (now Fenech); John Kirkham; David Lynn; Nick Malahias; David Mansfield(†); Maria Mendes (now Capener); Joan Millar (now Padfield); Antony "AB" Milner; Heidi Moss (now Clark); Peter Parker; Judy Parkinson (now Egan); June­Lorita Patterson (now Hayes); Sydney Pearson; Reggie Rice(†); Elizabeth Rosam(†) (then Pearman); Adele Row; Martha­Jean Sandford; Suzanne Sandford; Peter Senekal; Clifford D. Smith; Clifford J. Smith; Chris Spencer; Michael Spencer; Gail Stevenson; Patricia Storm/Mulliner; Susan Thurlow; Ian (then Gunter) Urquhart; Penny Waters (now Allan); Ian "Witty" Whitfield; Janet Whorton; Chris Yiannakis(†); Jim Yiannakis; Paul Yiannakis; Keith Young;

(All underlined names need confirmation)




Deceased (†) (No longer with us) ...... 164 Not Members (Unable to join us) ......... 67 Un­Found (Still "Missing") ................ 1210



"OTHER" MEMBERS Non­Saints ......................................... 59




Percentage of Members found ..... 51.3% Countries (With Saints) ....................... 53 Circulation (Journal Circulation) ...... 939 Known Federal Saints ..................... 1152 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

NUMBER KEY GREEN numbers have increased. RED numbers have decreased. BLACK numbers stayed the same.


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New Member(s) have joined us this month. We hope they enjoy their association with us!! WECOME ABOARD!!


A list of Saints so far “Un-Found” This section is still successfully helping us find many of them so we will continue to list them for you to remember and send us information, stories and contact information for.

AMERICA Phil Judd ­ Valdosta, GA Lesley Powers (Renwick/Dixon) ­ Vista, CA Al Toyne – Los Angeles CA Trevor Whelan – San Fransisco CA



Joe WILKINSON (<14)[??]{H} [Head of History] Good morning – I was informed of your WebSite by Mike Bamford at the Malawi Society. Whilst I am not a former Student of SAIntS , I am the current Head of History and feel we could do some work with former Students/Staff and any materials you may have – such as the Newsletter or resources. I would be very keen to join Federal Saints.


SAINT'S SICK REPORTS Send us news if you are not well or going into Hospital, or have news of other Saints you know who are "Under the Weather". Then we can send them our best wishes and monitor their progress.

Sent in by Anne Lynch (Quicke)


Hi Everyone, This is just to let you know Dougie had his knee replacement done yesterday at Linksfield Hosp. and is doing well. The Dr. was very pleased and said the Op went well. He should be going back to the Ward today and then they will be getting him up and walking.!!!! I am still trying to unpack and sort things out here in our new cottage. Cheers


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Brian Ingleton, J. (?) Isder, Tommy Isgar, I. (?) Isger, Edwina Jackson, Janet Jackson, Jill Jackson, P. (?) Jameson, T. (?) Jennings, Chara Joannou, Sodirakis Joannou (Brereton), Christa Joannu, Teresa Jobst, Linda Johns, Paddy JOHNSTON, Leslie Jolly, E. (?) JOSEPH, David Joyce.

Jane Allen (Malkin) ­ Perth Ann Dixon ­ Tweed Heads Pru Keen (Hornby) ­ Goldcoast Peter Potamianos ­ Melbourne Luke Winfield ­ Perth

CANADA Jo Britto ­ Ontario

ENGLAND MALAWI SAINT Lynn Ingham, Morag Ingles, M. (?) Isyagi, A. (?) JACKMAN, Denis Johnson, Jacqui Johnson, T. (?) Johnston, Keith JOHSON, B. (?) Jolly, S. (?) JONES, Peter Jordon, Chris Joy.

UNKNOWN Lesley Irvine, Paul Irwin, Cheryl Jackson (Martin), ?? JAMES, Derek Jensen, Colin Johnson, Julie Johnstone, ?? JONES, Mike Jones, ?? Jonsson, Jon Jonsson, Peter Jordan, Inge Jorgenson.

Simone Arnott (Sturgess) ­ Romsey Jan Botha ­ ?? Jo Bresland (Rabone) ­ Coventry Chris Bright ­ Oxford Tony BURDETT ­ Glastonbury Michelle Cavanagh (Scully) ­ Manchester Ray de Allende ­ Shepreth Janet Hopping (Cribb) ­ Havant Jo Kay (Adams) – Leicester Michael Millership ­ London Carl Nielson ­ London Douglas Rennie – Newcastle Gerry Sarson – East Grinstead Sandy Smith (Ladds) ­ Bishops Castle Liz Walker (Squire) – ??? Jane White (Ellis) – Tamworth Shirley Willis (Hepden) ­ ?? Yvonne Wright (Wise) ­ Nottingham

GERMANY Chris Ehlhardt – Fellbach



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ZIMBABWE GREECE Alice Malachias ­ ??


Mac Crawford ­ Bulawayo Coral du Plooy (Elitson) ­ ?? Robert Knee ­ Harare Graham Noble ­ Harare Reg Pearce ­ Harare ­ May have moved to Perth Steff Sentas (Pantazis) ­ Harare

Anna Leondidis ­ ?? Valeria Santori ­ ??

MALAWI Mbumba Achuthan (Eric) – Blantyre Brian Clow ­ Blantyre Paul Cottingham ­ Lilongwe Carlos da Silver – Lilongwe Ryan Haynes ­ Blantyre Alister Johnston – Lilongwe Mike Keelan – Lilongwe Nigel Mansfield ­ Lilongwe Mike Michael ­ ??


UNITED ARAB EMERITES Maurice Leather ­ ?? ???


Announcement placed in the Press by Suzanne's Brother, Duncan Matthews, and forwarded to us for inclusion in the

Sue Bruins (Sim) ­ ?? Paul Crossan ­ ?? Melanie Crossan (Hoyland) ­ ?? Robyn Rowe­Roberts ­ ?? Joan Sager (Davies) ­ ?? Julian Sparks ­ ?? Pam Wise ­ ??



Colleen Parsons (Venables) – Tauranga



Paula Goncalves (Maia) – Esponsende

SCOTLAND Mike Curnow – Kelso

SOUTH AFRICA Digby Brown ­ Cape Town Edwina Flemming (Jackson) ­ ?? Cathy Hannah (Snelson) ­ ?? Marijke Klaver ­ Cape Town Graham Smith ­ Pretoria

SRI LANKA Eshan Dias – Colombo

THAILAND Michael Regan – Bangkok

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by all your family, on this the 15th Anniversary of your passing. Died this day in 1999, 'with dignity' at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, ‘after a long illness bravely borne’, not by 'suicide', as is widely reported in another journal. The Family.


LAST MONTH'S BOUNCES (5) Noel Britto (GBR); Pauline Gribble (Simpson) (IOM); Barbara Pollitt (GBR); Hilary Egginton (GBR); Sarah Heckel (AUS);



[The "other Journal" mentioned above was Journal, Issue No. 1, 2005, where a letter printed with the above allegation - and for sincerely apologise! We regret any hurt or that this may have unintentionally caused.]

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Posted on Facebook by Nate Balilies


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Lawrence Sun 16 Some sad news to report, courtesy of Linda Yuen

Heide Clark (Moss) (GBR) & Kip Conner (USA) &

McClure in Malawi.....


Sara Cureton (Caban) (GBR) & Delphine Murray (Riley) (GBR) [OTHER] & Teresa Regan (Matthews) (GBR) &

"Hi Nate,

Margaret White (Holmes) (GBR) &

I've got some sad news. Old Andrean Lawrence Sun passed away on Sept 26th ­ his Sister Kerry

Oren Wright (USA) 18

just told me. She just got back from the Funeral. He caught a Cold then it turned into Pneunomia then

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Christine Botha (Marshall) (RSA) & Eve Yiannakis (GBR)


Doug Cheyne (SCO) & Brian CLEMENTS (RSA) &

Sepsis. It happened fast.

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Dave Tomkins (GBR) [OTHER] To those who remember him Larry was a Boarder in


Adrian Dunn (GBR)


Hugh Born (UAE) & Barrie Robertson (GBR) &

Moir House, (I think). I don't think he was in your

Jenny Webb (Hahn/Perepeczko) (MAW)

year but he was from Taiwan and we used to go to Church together on his weekends out. He came to


Duane Udd (USA)


Debbie James (Smith) (RSA) &

my Wedding and came down several times to Los Angeles.

I've not been well since I heard the news."


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Mark Jamieson (GBR) 26

Jane French (Bridger) (AUS)


Anabela Robertson (da Silva) (AUS)


Mike Paulton (RSA)

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Sally Leadley (Attridge) (ESP) Richard Hochschild (USA) Chippie Kempson(George) (RSA) & Alfie Kennedy (???) (UN­FND) & PennyRowe­Roberts (Blake/Marshal/Clements) (RSA) & Rick Simmons (GBR) Laurie Heekes (RSA) & Mario Leotta (RSA) Peter Treuheit (CAN) Eddie Burns (GBR) & Mick Furby (RSA) Wilma Brown (Barker) (GBR) & Jean Dornbrack (Millar) (RSA) & Vero Halliwell (Garland) (GBR) & Ann Thorne (Evans) (GBR) Lucy Kraft (Naude) (RSA) Steve Davies (IRL) & Ann Fairs (Flatman) (GBR) Claire Beck (Simmons) (RSA) & Barbara Cormack (Cormack/Dalpra) (POR) John Holmes (GBR) & Arnaldo Mendes (AUS) Robert Baxter (GBR) Sara Burdon (RSA) & Ann Dixon (Brooker) (AUS) (AWOL) & Andy Elliott (GBR) & Anne Lynch (Quicke) (RSA) & Helen Sklar (USA) Graham Elliot (USA) Fiona Real (Mason) (MAW) & Arthur Stevens (GBR)

LINK ­ 40307/permalink/414147408739132/

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The Federal Saints Journal THANKS FOR THE BIRTHDAY WISHES Keith Lindsay (58­63)[LW]{PH}

Fernando Marques (69­73)[LV]{H}

Congratulations to all those celebrating their Birthdays and for any other Anniversaries or other Celebrations! Dear Witty Hi Witty, Many thanks for your Birthday Wishes. I was given a surprise two night stay at Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve.

Peter Parker (57­61)[SH]{H}

As Peter's formal scribe, (have been for 52 years now!), he has asked me to thank you very much for the Birthday Wishes. He's pleased to have reached the 3 score years and 10 mark plus 1. Thanks again for your commitment to the Federal

It was worth going to, and although the Game Reserve was large, and had many plains Animals, the Predators were in fenced off enclosures. Much like a Zoo, but I can understand why in a populated area. We then headed for the Tsitsikamma area, saw the Bungee Jumping at the Bloukraans Bridge, and explored the Storms River mouth. A great birthday!


Is ab el

All the best

F ernando


The Lodge reminded me of an old farmhouse from my youth. They had log fires at night and really great food.

Hi Ian

Kind regards

Many thks my friend, keep the good work going, appreciated.


Duke de Coudray (67­69)[LW]{H}

We were in Europe in July to attend a Wedding in Lyon, France. Weddings go on all night there, and they cut the cake at 1:00am, and then the dancing started. I think we got back to our apartment at about 4:00am. We visited Paris, Belgium, Holland, where we stayed with friends, and then did a four day trip by train to Germany, visiting Gengenbach in the Black Forest and Cochem on the Mosel River, near Koblenz on the Rhine.

Rosemary Peterson (Jackson) (59­63)[LV]{H}

Thank you muchly. Well it is the last year in my 60's so must Celebrate and look forward to the 70's!!!


Clive Patterson (57­64)[LW]{H}

We are very pleased with our move to the Garden Route, and have made new friends and settled in well. Dear Ian,

Hi Witty, Regards,

Thank you for the Birthday Wishes. My best wishes go to my two other past Saints colleagues Dick Dalton and Mick Fitzgerald who share the 16th of October. Greetings from Harare, Zimbabwe.

Thanks so much for the Birthday Greetings. I appreciate it.




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Keep up the good work, you are doing a great job.



Cliv e


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COMING EVENTS ENGLISH REUNION 2015 Nigel Newton has re­announced this event after previously cancelling it!!

UK 2015 MALAWI REUNION at Market Harborough 24 July 2015


The first of two photographs taken of Miss Hlavercecq at Mlanje (Mulanje) in 1893 (September?). The photographs were obivously taken with a camera on a fixed stand and within a short interval of time. Extract from the SOM Journal of 1953, Vol 2, Pg 5.


It is not generally known that sixty years ago a lone European woman attempted to walk the whole length of Africa, from the Cape to Cairo. She was a Miss Hlavercecq, a Polish Governess employed by


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some food about 9:30 the Boy returned with word that it "was not good", and on going to see what was wrong he found she had died.

a family in the Cape Colony, who for some unknown reason decided to give up her job and walk back to Europe via East Africa and the Nile.

I feel very sorry about her. Nearly all the people here were down on her, especially Dr. Robertson, Mrs Moir and Miss Walker but half of it was spite on the ladies' part as she wouldn't come to visit them and R's opinion on her was so absurd and prejudiced that it was quite out of the question to listen to him. Mrs Lloyd Cox and I all thought her very ladylike and accomplished, and I think would infinitely have preferred her society to either of the above mentioned ladies. Speaking for myself, I certainly would.

Her experiences on the first part of her trip are not recorded but in 1893 she arrived at Fort Anderson, (Now the Mlange Boma), accompanied only by two African youths carrying her scanty loads. The Snapshots of the lady as she approached Fort Anderson have been given to us by Mr Cullen Young, who obtained them in 1919 from the late Mr. H.C. MacDonald, C.M.G. then resident at Mzimba.

THE POLISH GOVERNESS By Barbara Lamport­Stokes in 1993 93 years ago an amazing Polish woman arrived in Nyasaland and the little that was known about her was printed in the ?? Journal in July 1953. Recently further information has come to light, although some of it conflicting, but whether she was Polish or Austrian, Miss Hlevercecq or Miss Hlawacze, she must have been a most courageous woman!! Miss Hlevercecq had given up her job as a Governess in the Cape Colony to walk to Europe, via East Africa and the Nile, quite alone apart from local Carriers. Nothing is known of her journey until she arrived at Fort Anderson, (Mlanje District), in 1893. There was great unrest in the area at that time which made her presence all the more remarkable. The late Mr T. Cullen Young was given the photos and when presenting them to the Society her said that Miss Hlevercecq had fled across the Border to Portuguese East Africa, (now Mozambique), to escape the unwelcome attentions of the Collector at Fort Anderson. There she became ill and returned to Mlange, where she died. We have recently obtained a copy of the following letter which gives us further information about Miss Hlevercecq. It was written by Edward Laidlaw Thomson, then a young man of 22, who himself died of Blackwater Fever and is buried on Lauderdale Estate, Mlanje.

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From a letter by Edward Laidlaw Thomson Lauderdale Estate Mlanji, B.C.A. 24th Sept 1893 Re: Miss Hlevercecq My Dear Mother.

However, poor woman, she's gone where it wont hurt her whether people thought her crazy or not. Isn't it sad? From What I hear she has left no word as to who she is or where her relations can be found. Fancy a woman dying way out here without comfort and alone!! .............. Write often to Your eldest and wildest Laddie.

........ There's a very sad thing happened of which we have only got word today. You remember me telling you of a Miss Hlawaczeck, an Austrian lady, passing here some time ago. Well she went over to the Portuguese side, and acted as an Interpreter when Bell went over to demand the release of Watson and Croad, who had been arrested by a Portuguese Force. She became very ill there, but as the French Jesuits could do nothing for her at the Mission there, she wrote to Dr Robertson of the Est. Church Mission here. For some reason he was either unwilling or unable to go over at once, but passed here on Saturday on his way to see her. He reached Bell's Station on the Ruo yesterday only to find that she had been buried the day before by Imlah, Watson and Croad. Bell himself being to ill to see to it. She had reached Bell's the day before, (Thursday) in a state of collapse, had rallied somewhat at night and when Bell looked into her tent on Friday morning at Sunrise she was sleeping, but when he sent her


The second of two photographs taken of Miss Hlavercecq at Mlanje (Mulanje) in 1893 (September?).


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Johann Oddsson (Olafsson) (78­82)[Moir]{H}

Hi Ian, Thank you very much for my Birthday Greetings. I spent my Birthday in France. me and my Wife went for a long weekend. Stayed at a Hotel in Dinard, a very old fashioned Town. If anyone wants to go to a Town that gives you an instinct how it was in the late 1800 and early 1900 and how things have changes during that time, then go to this Town. It is amazing how some of the houses are still standing. I went back to Iceland earlier this year. I hadn't been there for 6 years and it was quite nice meeting my family there. Got invited for a dinner at my Fathers family and was greeted with open arms (my Father divorced when I was few months old. I got in touch with him when I returned to Iceland in 1982. He introduced me to his Wife and two children and we have been in good touch since).

list. All of them I knew during my years (1978­ 1982) in St. Andrew's. Being my age they should not be there. I pass my sincere condolences to those concerned. I will say this again It is not fair to them or their families I will send you a photo of me. Although I do have pictures of me when I was at St. Andrew's I don't have them here. I left a lot of my items in Iceland when I moved to Jersey. One is outside the School Hall. I was a very good Swimmer at St. Andrew's and in 1981 I broke a few Records. And then as the sayings goes "One thing leads to another... In March 1982 I had a bad Motorcycle accident at the junction outside the Chichiri Hotel (hope I have the name right)... It is the Hotel opposite the National Bank and the PTC. On the other side there was the Hardware Store. Coming from St. Andrew's direction I was hit by a truck. I got thrown from the Chichire Hotel over to the second lane just missing the concrete flower pots. I was taken to the Hospital on the back of a pick­up truck. I spent the next two weeks there before I was transported to the Brenthurst Clinic Hospital in Jo'burg, (as we called it in my days). I came back 4 months later, and then a week later, my Dad passed away. Me, my Mom and Sister returned to Iceland. The next 4½ years I spent more days in Hospital then out of it. Even so I took my Degree Exams in Technical Drawing while in Hospital.

Might not be the right reference, but with my bad accident in 1982 in Blantyre and spending the next 4½ years more in Hospital ­ to see these names on this list..... no....... not fair!!


I really am surprised to see so many names on this

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RE: MEMORIES OF BLANTYRE Sent in by Linda Hobbs

"Shire Highlands Hotel" actually the Mt Soche Hotel Witty, Thanks again for a great issue for October.

After all the Operations I had I get a job in Telecom Communication which I stayed at till 1998. That is when I moved to Jersey, Channel Islands, and I am still there.

Now referring to the September issue. Looking at the list of those that have passed away, I am guttered!! There are so many names that I recognise. I just can't believe it. Some of them are younger them me and there are those who are older. I would never have though that those on that list would be there. All of them don't deserve this. I am guttered!!

Geof Acton (60­65)[LV]{PH}

Thanks again ­ always makes my day/weekend to wander through such a great read! Cheers,


[Thanks Geof - This was as captioned by Linda so appologies for the mis-naming!!]


I think you are just playing with us by deliberately mis­naming, on Page 25, the Mt Soche Hotel as the Shire Highlands Hotel.

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Mel Dundas­Taylor (57­60)[??]{PH} Paul Osborne (53­62)[SH]{MPH}


Re: Moving of the Clock Tower, The 17 September 2013 Google Earth aerial photo shows it in the same place, so it hadn’t moved by then.


Hi Witty ol' sun My commiserations with Anne D on her recollections of her solo adventure with a Hire Car in Malawi. [Last month's FS Newsletter article] I confirm the common road blocks there – you are unlikely to travel more than 10km in any direction without finding one. I found the various branches of the Service neat, polite and efficient however. Perhaps it helps being big, old and ugly? The MK20 000 fine was possibly a Hire Company excess on insurance in case of accident damage? I did send a photo to your cell phone this week – trust you received it? A precis of my impressions:

Original Location

Current Location

• Wear short trousers only if you want to be identified as a Tourist!!



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• The October "Suicide Month" hasn’t changed. Average high temperatures with little respite at night. The temperatures, whilst indicating low 30’s, seem to be unrelated to the 30’s and 40’s in Pietermaritzburg…. Must be cos it is ‘Tropical’!


• A Mosquito plague is presently in the Blantyre area – luckily not the Malaria (Anopholes) variety,


but they seem to take pleasure in diving through ‘Doom’ clouds and vapour trails of spiral smoke – neither seem to have any effect. Mossie Net obligatory, (plus ear plugs?). • ‘Game’ and ‘Shoprite’ at Chichiri with stocked shelves, but empty shelves widespread. Expect prices generally to be factors of 1st and 2nd World figures. Don’t try and find an open Pharmacy on Sunday afternoon! (However apparently the Chileka Road Hospital has an open Emergency Pharmacy) • Fuel, (one variety of petrol and diesel only), at around R20 a litre – similar price to Europe but 50% up for us SA Skaaps. • Driving skills – noticeably unnecessary. I was able to borrow a Landcruiser (guzzler) and whilst size counts I was hesitant to exceed 35 to 40kph in urban areas…… rocketing to 70­75 rurally! • Restaurants with good food are rare – but go and see Giorgio at 'Cafe Mandala' or the 'Hong Kong' in Blantyre. The novelty Crocodile ‘Pizza’ at Mulanje Pepper is well worth missing, but the ‘greens’ are cold. • Clubs have deteriorated with falling ex­Pat populations, but Mick Gange­Harris’ place in Bvumbwe is well worth a visit!! • A larger variety of ex­Pats than previous, (I met a charming Mexican lady!!), and Americans and Canadians and Eastern Bloc Nationalities are common. I seem to remember my Sister’s Doc was Argentinian. Truly a melting pot….. but the ‘white faces’ are rare outside BT/Lbe; Lilongwe and Lake areas. • Saints looks well maintained and I was welcomed and invited to walk around. Nostalgic memories….. the large Parade Ground for us Cadets; the Swimming Pool, ( old wooden prefab Change Room replaced!!), the Running Track with Jim Yiannakis….. • A word of advice – confirm your outgoing Airline booking from Chileka on­line and reduce the 2+ hour wait in the Departure Lounge. The Airport is


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being rebuilt, (now stalled due to lack of funds!!), and the "Lounge" is a corridor with 30 crowded seats for the 120 passengers; Ambient temperature notable; No Shop/Duty­Free and a visit to the distant facilities leads to loss of seat!! (Age also does not guarantee you a seat!)

Nate Baliles (79­88)[LW]{PH}

Rick Simmons (56­62)[SH]{MPH}

Hi Witty • Anyone want MK2200 odd I have left over, (around R50 currently, but shrinking)? My family living there locally made the visit pleasant and the opportunity to visit my Parents graves was overdue.

Nate posted this on Facebook

Just found this in the Baliles' photo archives today, whilst digging. Appears to be SASS Sports Day 1984 (I think) since it shows clearly the different House shirts (1985 was the end of the 10 House system).

But, a visit for fond memories, other than the Lake…….?

Hope you're well as you come into your Summer. Last weekend was a wet and quite cold one for some of us!! Thanks for the Sept. FS Journal. I enclose my photos taken at the Lake in 1960 of the "Kungu Fly Lauvea" swarming above the waters. LINK­ /clouds_explanation.htm

SASS Sports Day 1984

Paul with the current Headmaster ­ Gordon BENBOW during his visit to the School

Kind regards

Moir ­ Maroon School ­ dark and light Blue stripes Sharpe ­ solid light Blue Laws ­ Red Henderson ­ Orange

Who can you spot? The easiest, of course, would be Christian Wedege down at the bottom, LOL.


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exiled from his Country and replaced by a look­alike usurper allied with an unnamed Foreign Power. The Caliph intends to return but Enemy Agents Boris and Greg are out to stop him. Captain Africa a masked Jungle Lord, appears occasionally to aid Nat and Ted. The main villain does not actually make an appearance anywhere in the entire Serial.

Ian "Witty" Whitfield (54­60)[LV]{MH}

"WITTY"S STORIES" The Adventures of Captain Africa

The Queens Cinema, Then and Now.

How many of you remember the 'Captain Africa' Serial that was shown at the Queens Cinema every Saturday, (I think), in the late 50s? I know many of us used to go just to see the Serial and not really for the main Film!! I always remember that he used to run down the same bit of track in the Jungle every time!! So I went on to Wikipedia to see if I could find anything.... The Adventures of Captain Africa (1955) was a Columbia Serial starring John Hart. It was the third to last Serial to be produced by Columbia. Plot Trapper Nat Coleman and Government Agent Ted Arnold come upon a plot to take over an African Nation. Its leader, Caliph Abdul el Hamid, has been

Production It was conceived and filmed as a sequel to The Phantom. Well into production, Columbia found that its film rights to the comic strip had expired. King Features wanted more money than Katzman was willing to spend and negotiations broke down. Hurried retakes and major re­editing followed, with John Hart now wearing an amended costume that only used part of the original Phantom outfit, with the addition of a leather aviator's cap and riding britches. The new story featured a new hero, Captain Africa, who still bears a strong resemblance to The Phantom in both appearance and behavior. The serial features heavy use of stock footage from earlier serials Jungle Menace (1937), The Desert Hawk (1944) and The Phantom (1943) itself. Footage from The Phantom was reduced when this stopped being a sequel. Only a few minutes of new material were included per chapter. The serial was produced by legendary Hollywood cheapskate Sam Katzman. Serial producers often economized by including a "cheater" chapter, in which flashbacks to earlier chapters are shown instead of new scenes. The Adventures of Captain Africa audaciously uses four cheaters within its 15­chapter length. The frequent recaps were possibly necessitated by the hasty rewrites during production. Adventures of Captain Africa was Columbia's last Jungle serial.



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Pastor Duane Udd (54­56)[??]{MPH}

Thanks! Was wondering if anyone had a definition or Etymology for 'Mudi' as in Mudi River or Mudi Dam?? My research has been unproductive....


ON­LINE MALAWI VIDEOS I was watching on CNN recently, a program called "Inside Africa" and they had this interesting story... "Malawi Wildlife Sanctuary saves orphaned Animals" LINK­ rica/archive/

Linda Guy (Owen) also sent in "Malawi ­ The Warm Heart of Africa" LINK ­ c&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Both these videos are worth a watch!!

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we will have both land and boat Safaris, seeing Wildlife in its natural environment.

MALAWI VISIT (17 Jul – 1 Aug 2015)

From the Secretary

THE FRIENDS OF MALAWI ASSOCIATION Please find attached an offer by MACS to join their tour group for a trip to Malawi next year If you are interested please contact Julie Lupton direct Kind regards


Honorary Secretary Friends of Malawi Association eMail: [email protected] or [email protected]

MALAWI ASSOCIATION FOR CHRISTIAN SUPPORT We are planning a MACS trip to Malawi in 2015.... probably going in July. The attached flyer gives some information and details... I was wondering if FOMA might be able to circulate this information to members. I have to say we might well go earlier in the month than 17th. We initially chose that date because of interest from youngsters. However, they are not so keen any more and the costs will come down by a couple of hundred pounds if we can go earlier... hence the dates flexible depending on interest clause. So far, have only had one person showing any real interest and she pulled out of this year’s trip because of ill health. Anyway, we are casting the net far and wide and hoping for 9 interested people!

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This Annual Trip will be led by experienced Leader Bazil Arden and by Julie Lupton.

(Dates flexible, depending on interest) This visit is designed to allow a group of 11 people, who may span a wide range of ages and skills, to see at first hand life in rural Malawi, to meet local people and to visit some recent and current MACS projects. The first night is likely to be at KuNgoni Cultural centre at Mua. This introduction to the Culture of Malawi will help you to understand the people you are going to meet over the fortnight you are in the Country. We will base ourselves on the shores of Lake Malawi for 5 days near the village of Nkope. Here we may carry out some interesting projects either at the local Primary School, the School for Blind and Partially Sighted children or the Health Centre. This will be dependent on the skills and interests of travellers. We will move on to Malosa where we visit St Luke’s Hospital, a Secondary School and we may take a bicycle­taxi excursion into local villages to see at first hand the work of MACOBO community based volunteers who take Medical and other care to the needy in local villages. We may spend a day looking at a local market in Zomba and then go up onto the Plateau from where we will look out over the plains below. At the end of the trip, we will spend a night at Liwonde National Park where


BOOKING AND COSTS: The estimated total cost is in the region of £2000. The main element is the flights, (in high season). The cost will vary depending on when you apply. The sooner the cheaper. The second element is the cost of travel, accommodation, taxes and food in Malawi. Also included will be the entry to the Game Park. This second part will be fixed and payable, less your deposit, in April 2015. Not included are personal insurance or spending money. Fundraising: In previous years travellers have raised money to cover the work undertaken while in the Country, for the fulfilment of needs we find on the way and for other MACS projects large and small. CONTACT: Julie Lupton, the secretary of MACS: Tel 01580 291658 or email [email protected] Applicants for the 11 places should respond as soon as possible to Julie Lupton, The Cottage, 72 North Street, Biddenden, Kent. TN27 8AS. The MACS Website provides information about the work of the Charity (No 1025616).

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TRAVELOGUE Tony Hawken (Malawi Resident)

Frank Johnston (Central Africana)

Moira MacMurray (Nolan/Phillips) (60­64)[LW]{H}

Hi Witty, Witty Many thanks for another awe­inspiring issue. Mother's Day, tomorrow, will be devoted to its study! I'm presently trying to help the Reserve Bank here in Malawi ­ with some very laudable intentions on their part in setting up a "Financial Museum" and in publishing a History of both the Central Bank and the remarkably successful Financial Services Industry.

Many thanks for latest Journal, I do read every part of it and thoroughly enjoy it, although I did not attend Saints, but have a fifty year association with both Schools, used to take my Brothers and Sisters there from early 60’s whilst on holiday from Rhodesia, then my own children in the 70’s and 80’s, and now my Granddaughter, both to Primary and now her first Term at High School. I have had a request from a friend in Zimbabwe, does anyone have any knowledge of the off­spring for the following names ­

To their chagrin they don't even have photographs of the first two Governors, Banking gentlemen, possibly British rather than South African, by name Perrin and Thomson, in Blantyre in the years 1965 to 1971. Is it possible that any of your readers would know where they left to and what happened to them? So that we can try to track them or their families down and hopefully, with contemporary photographs, honour/record their memories, and Service to Malawi?


I hope to be visiting my Brother Peter next month, will give you a call and maybe a visit.

Any pointers will be greatly welcomed! With best wishes

eMail ­ [email protected]­

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Continued from last month .... Soon after this I went and spent a week in London with Mary Chennell (Trueman) and her Husband Malcolm. It was a fantastic week; I love Mary’s family and am always made so welcome. Mary’s Brother Tony Trueman lives nearby and his Wife Maggie and I get on very well, and I love spending time with her. On Wednesday another old School friend Rick Simmons picked me up and took me to lunch at an excellent Pub called “The Hare” in Harrow Weald. He also showed me Harrow School, that was mainly built in the 1800’s but the Chapel goes back to the 1600’s. What a privilege it must be to go to school there, so much beauty and character. The next day, my friend Maggie from Highgate and I went to the Portrait Gallery and saw the excellent Virginia Woolf Exhibition and also the BP Portrait Awards. We then went to the National Gallery and saw, “Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting”, also an Exhibition of Artistic Exchanges, and for the first time I saw Van Gough’s Sunflowers, in the flesh, also Monet’s Water Lilies, Gauguin, Rousseau, Corot, Seurat and many others that one sees prints of often, but seldom the original. After all that culture we made our way to Spitalfields Antique Market, where few bargains were to be found. The next day I went back to London again, back to the National Gallery to see an Exhibition “Making Colour”, it was fabulous, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the lecture and participation after seeing it all. I then went to Portobello Road to get some lunch, but was too late for “Books for Cooks”, my favourite Eatery and


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I saw my friend Hela and had lunch with her on the Tuesday the rest of the week went in a blur, Ruben went back to School on the Wednesday, Thursday was another “Red Hatters” lunch with Patsy, and I was trying to get everything packed up and ready to leave on Friday.

Baker, the Author of many books on Nyasaland had asked me to write a Chapter of reminiscences on life in Nyasaland. This I duly did. I then met him at Peggy SUNLEY’s Funeral in Wales last year, and he asked me if I would do a further Chapter on School experiences in Nyasaland for the next volume. I duly did this, and part of my story was how the Hostel Matron had read a letter from Elizabeth in my locker and taken it to the Headmaster, (Mr OWEN). I was called in and told not to write to her again. Elizabeth and I still cannot remember what she had written, but I think it had something to do with a local Boy’s School in Worthing running a Cross Country Race that they had watched! OWEN cross questioned me on her Father, who had been Nyasaland’s Chief Secretary, (One level below the Countries Governor), I was told that he had never heard of him, so I suggested that he look him up in the “Who’s Who” and that there was a copy upstairs in the School Library! Well, that was too much and the Headmaster lost his temper, and tore the letter into little pieces!! Girls of 12, in 1960 did not own address books, so Elizabeth’s address on the top of the letter went into his wastepaper basket, never to be retrieved. I had no way of contacting Liz again.

I had been dreading the journey by train, from Letchworth to Brighton, with 2 suitcases, one extremely heavy one, but thanks to British Rails incredible efficiency, it was a doddle. Jess took me to the Station at Letchworth where they took my suitcases downstairs and loaded them onto the train. I was met at Kings Cross and taken across to St Pancras where someone was waiting to assist me to the train there, and once more I was met by a B.R. Official in Brighton. Congratulations and thanks to B.R.


I was met in Brighton by my long lost friend from Zomba, Elizabeth Footman. We hadn’t seen each other for 55 years and only recently had been in touch again. It is an interesting story. Colin


Arundel Castle I had just finished tidying up my contribution for the next book, and David eMailed it off for me. Not half an hour later he called me and said I must look at the eMails. I was going to be very pleasantly surprised. There was a letter from Liz asking if I


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was, by any long shot, her friend from Zomba! A friend of her Sister Catherine had read the first Chapter and asked Catherine if I was not the friend that Elizabeth had been looking for all these years! A further coincidence was when we pulled up at “The Moorings” Liz’s delightful home in West Sussex; the Postman was at the door with the first two Volumes of Colin’s books!!

Oh what a joyous reunion it has been. So much to catch up on, so much to talk about, so many memories. I had a wonderful time staying with Liz; she leads a very laid­back life, not at all frenetic like mine. We went to a couple of Boot Sales on the Saturday and Sunday. Unfortunately not as good as the ones in Hertfordshire, in fact quite different, one was full of Victorian furniture, mostly in need of TLC. The other was more clothes, children’s toys, CD’s etc. Afterwards we had a lovely lunch at the local Pub on the Sunday. Monday we went to Rustington, a lovely little town nearby. Tuesday we went to Arundel, a delightful town with interesting Shops and of course Arundel Castle. We had lunch at “The Black Rabbit” a delightful Pub, next to the river Arun behind the Castle. Liz lives one row of houses from the Sea and I had a view of the Sea from my bedroom window. The beach there is large pebbles and I found walking on it hard going! One evening we visited all three Pubs in the area and the local Chinese Restaurant provided our supper! Liz’s partner Chris is a lovely man, and I felt as if I had known him all my life too! My stay there was far too short and on the Wednesday evening it was back to the Airport, Gatwick this time, for the long trip home via Dubai on Emirates. I made the mistake of flying on 9/11 and the increased security was causing delays everywhere. I was body searched, as I set the alarm off, I had a lipstick in my pocket! I arrived home

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over 25 hours later exhausted, and was met at the Airport by "Bluebeard". David had grown a beard and had dyed it blue, in retaliation for me meeting him at Heathrow a few years ago with my purple hair; I was so tired I couldn’t even raise a laugh!

Thank you to all my dear family and friends for making this year’s English Adventure such an amazing one. To those friends and relations that I didn’t manage to contact, it wasn’t from lack of trying, and to all who invited me to stay and I couldn’t make it, thank you and hopefully there will be a next year! As you can see, I was incredibly busy, but it was such a happy time Life here is really busy, we are going to the Theatre tonight, have been to a Book Launch and a couple of Exhibition openings including one that I had work on in Pretoria last night. I found some pallets on the side of the road this morning and brought them home as material for the next “Land Art” Exhibition. I have only been home a week and am slowly getting back into the swing of things.Hope that this hasn’t been boring. Best wishes and much love

Moira An Update, Ten days ago we had a devastating Hail Storm. (It started as I was on the phone with Witty!!). The hail, about the size of Pullet’s eggs, caused a lot of damage. The “ablution block” flooded and our linen cupboard was soaked. We have had to wash everything and I still have piles of linen on the dining room table! The garden is stripped. Last Sunday, my very dear friend Pat Bate/Petterson died. We are having her “Wake” here on Thursday. I am so sad, although I’d seen her since I was back, I was going to see her and spend a couple of hours with her at the Hospice, which she had just been admitted to. My tribute on Face book. “Am feeling very sad today. My very, very dear friend Pat Petterson/Bate died around dawn this morning. I shall miss her immensely. Born in Kenya in 1920, to a Pioneering family, she was a marvellous genuine old Colonial, who I had so much in common with, She will be


sorely missed. She had an illustrious career in Advertising and Radio Broadcasting. She started her career in Kenya moving to the Middle East, Cairo, during WW2, where she broadcast to British Troops. She was with L.M. Radio in the early days, moving on to Springbok Radio and later worked with the S.A.B.C. She not only broadcast but wrote and compiled many programmes other than her own. She was a fine playwright. Most of her contempories like Bob Courtney, Dougie Laws and Gordie Mulholland are long gone, as are the well known S.A. Artists such as Pierneef, Irma Stern, Tretchikoff and Gregoire that she knew so well. She had many amusing and irreverent stories to tell, and was a walking Who’s Who, about the prominent Settler Families in Kenya and the well known Celebs in the Theatre world in S.A. Go well dear friend, I shall never have another like you! I was privileged to know you, and to have you as a special friend. Hamba Kahle”. Yesterday was no better, Mathilde, (Also known as Matilda to most of us!), our Bassett cross Great Dane has been limping, and yesterdays X­rays at the Vet show an aggressive Cancerous Tumour. The Vet offered to amputate the leg and give her Chemo. No, never, she is 14 or 15 years old and who would we be putting her through all that for. Not for her, that’s for sure. Then we heard from Jess that she has had an accident and has written off her car, other than being bruised and probably has whiplash, she assures us that she is OK and luckily no one else was involved. On Wednesday I tripped over a mat, and gave myself a black eye. Thursday, a Car Guard tried to pick­pocket David’s wallet, I saw what was happening, as I was opening the door, and managed to smash the door into my head, I now have two black eyes! The Car Guard left as I screamed! Not all is doom and gloom, Leo Du Plessis, turned up very unexpectedly, to see us, it was wonderful to see him again as we had not seen each other for 20 years, he is a very good friend from Grahamstown days in the 1960s. It was like he was still living just down the road. I am privileged to have so many wonderful friends from so many parts of my life, and to have so many fantastic and interesting friends. We are now three months into a Postal Strike – God Bless Africa!


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Saturday 22nd February 2014 After waking to the light again, we walked up to the Waikiki Arts Festival. There were some lovely things there but nothing that I loved enough to buy. The Art Festival is held once a year for local Artisans. There were Stalls with Oil Paintings and Prints, Clothes, Pearls, Mineral Stones, Hays, Food and many Jewellery Stalls. I was interested in a necklace made from Blue Gold. The necklace was very chunky and heavy. I think I would prefer it as a

pendant and earrings set. We bought handmade Goats Milk Soap and the best Spring Rolls and Chicken Satays we have had in a long time; so good we went back for seconds!! We sat for a while and watched the Sea. On the way back Brian was looking for the Californian Pizza Place. He keeps thinking about the Pizza he had on Hawai’i Island on the way to the Lava flow. He says it was the best Pizza he has had since Italy. My feet hurt so we stopped for a cold drink at the Coffee Bean. According to the blurb on the cup, their recipe for Iced Coffee is "World Known". Hmm....., no “Coffee Bean” in Australia. But then this is a Country that has "World Super Bowl Baseball", when USA is the only Country playing. When we got back we went for a swim in the Hotel pool. The Spa was too hot but the pool was nice. We floated around for a while, before lying on the lounges to dry off. Again we were waiting for Housekeeping to do our room. There is a Convenience Shop on the 6th floor of the building. It is really just for residents and Hotel guests, as no one would know it was there from the road. And it is sooo convenient to pop down for Milk or Wine. Yes they sell Wine and Beer at the Convenience Store!! Right there in the fridge next to the Milk and Cheese. Very sensible. The Shop attendant admired my Sun Glasses. He told us he lived in Parramatta Sydney for six months. Upstairs for a drink on the balcony. I read the Travel Book on Oahu. We want to visit the Bishop Museum, which is quite a way out. We are trying to work out how to get there. The Waikiki Trolley does not go far enough out. I need to investigate the Hop­on­Hop­off Bus. We will ask about “The Car” which can be booked at the Tour Desk. If they are reliable we will use them to go to the Airport on the 8th March. The last thing we want is any bother getting to the Airport for a flight.

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CARS AND STARS For those who appreciate old, Classic Automobiles (and old, Classic Movie Stars)



I wanted to watch the News, but it was all over by 5:30pm. Not sure what time people get home from work around here. The Skyline Colony Inn is a 3­Star Hotel. It is a combination of Hotel rooms and Condos. The area is a combination of Hotels and Residential Condos. We are well located just two blocks from the centre of Waikiki. The area looks like it is under a revitalisation scheme. The Marriott Courtyard is just around the corner. The Waikiki Trolley stops just an easy block walk away and there is a bus stop on the next corner. The Royal Hawaiian Centre is just two blocks away as is Beach Walk Shops. The beach is about three blocks away. All an easy walk. A nice drink of Chocolate Almond Milk and bed; well in bed now!!

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TAKEN AT THE RIGHT MOMENT Christian Wedege (­)[??]{H}


Christian posted these photos on his FB page...

MALAWI MEMORIES Not a rare sight for us Tobacco Farmers of Malawi

Tractors used as well to transport the Tobacco bales.

Better hope that the road does not give way on your travels.

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COMPLETED OR FINISHED? No Dictionary has ever been able to satisfactorily define the difference between "complete" and "finished". However, during a recent Linguistic Conference, held in London, England, and attended by some of the best Linguists in the World. Samsundar Balgobin, a Guyanese Linguist, was the presenter when he was asked to make that very distinction. The question put to him by a colleague in the erudite audience was this: “Some say there is no difference between ‘complete’ and ‘finished.’ Please explain the difference in a way that is easy to understand.” Mr. Balgobin’s response: “When you marry the right woman, you are ‘complete.’ If you marry the wrong woman, you are ‘finished.’ And, if the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are ‘completely finished.” His answer received a five minute standing ovation!!

The Society was established in 1946, (as The Nyasaland Society), with membership open to all. Aims of the Society are to promote interest in Literary, Historical and Scientific matters, to discover and record facts and information about Malawi, acquire Books on Africa and Malawi, and to serve as a Reference Library and to support the Museums of Malawi. To Contact the Society: : Tel ­ +265 (0)1 872 617 "SnailMail" ­ PO Box 125, Blantyre. WebSite ­ eMail ­ [email protected]

THE SOM JOURNAL The SOM Journal has the distinction of having remained in continuous publication since the first issue of January 1948. It has spanned a fascinating period from the History of Colonial Nyasaland through the Independence of Malawi (1964) and beyond. The current Editors, Colin Baker and David Stuart­Mogg continue the high standards set by previous Editors and the Society is proud to maintain this tradition of excellence.

Back numbers available. US$4; MK500 each

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Looking for material by a specific Author? See our Author Index Includes the years 1948­ 2006 ­ 235k | Adobe PDF format Prefer to browse by topic? See our Subject Index 267k | Adobe PDF format



FIRST 2014 ISSUE (Due out in 2 or 3 weeks time)

CONTENTS Editorial Notes. The End of Federation: An Achievement Worthy of Recognition. By Colin Cameron. The Rise and Fall of the Yao Chiefdoms. by Professor Emeritus Brian Morris. Diaspora, Domicile & Debate: A Preliminary Artistic & Cultural Research for a Malawian Identity from Pre­Colonial Times to 2014. By Dr. John Lwanda. Repositioning the Shire Valley Project – A Retrospective: Part II. By Dr. Marc Welsh. Dr. W.A. Lamborn: A Medical Entomologist in Nyasaland. By John Kemp. Book Review: By Alastair Hazell. "The Last Slave Market": the Incredible story of John Kirk the Man Who Ended the East African Slave Trade. By Dr. David Bone.


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A driver update published by Windows Update has resulted in counterfeit chips used in finished products being left inoperable. After a public outcry, the update was removed. Scottish design firm Future Technology Devices International (FTDI) pushed an updated driver for automated installation in Windows Update for devices that use the FT232 chipset, which converts RS­232, (specifically, UART), to USB. The driver update leaves devices that use counterfeit FTDI chips in an unusable state. After a public outcry, the update was pulled from Windows Update, but a great deal of damage had already been done. How the exploit works When installed, the driver software identifies the counterfeit silicon, and sets the PID (Product ID) to zero, making the device unidentifiable to the driver. As a result, uninstalling the offending driver will not return the devices using this chipset back to a usable state. Even if the device is plugged in to any other computer, running any other operating system, the device will still be inoperable unless the PID is rewritten to the correct value. Although the device is not completely unrecoverable, the resultant effect is that the device is bricked, to the extent that an average user would not have the ability to restore the PID that the chipset originally held in EEPROM. Buried in the INF file of the latest drivers, the comments warn "Use of the Software as a driver for, or installation of the Software onto, a component that is not a Genuine FTDI Component, including without limitation counterfeit components, MAY IRRETRIEVABLY DAMAGE THAT COMPONENT." Naturally, as the driver is installed using Windows Update, this notice is not presented to the user prior to installation.

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The Lighter Side of Computers Why this is a problem As the product in question is not generally a product that end users would purchase, but rather a component to be placed in or used in conjunction with other materials and sold as a "finished good", users of counterfeit chips are likely unaware that the product they have purchased contained counterfeit chips. Accordingly, depending on how long the end user has owned the product, it is likely difficult to return the product to the vendor, or perhaps remember the vendor from which the product was purchased. In general, it is difficult to identify counterfeit chips by looking at them without the assistance of a Microscope. The Russian R&D firm ZeptoBars did an analysis of the two chips. The security implications of this move extend far beyond FTDI, however; it is of paramount importance that security updates not gain the reputation of breaking hardware previously known to be working. If this type of attack were allowed to continue unabated, users would likely become resistant to installing security updates, which would leave systems far more vulnerable to potential security issues.

HOW THE INTERNET STARTED ("According to the Bible")

What is FTDI's response? In a posting on the Company Blog, FTDI acknowledged that the driver has been removed from Windows Update, noting that "FTDI will continue to follow an active approach to deterring the counterfeiting of our devices..." and that "The driver is in the process of being updated and will be released next week. This will still uphold our stance against devices that are not genuine, but do so in a non­invasive way that means that there is no risk of end user's hardware being directly affected".

Yet another invasion into our private lives through Windows!! Makes me glad that I no longer use it and have not done so for 7 years now!!

In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a Trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a healthy young wife by the name of Dorothy. And Dot Com was a comely woman, large of breast, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com. And she said unto Abraham, her Husband, "Why dost thou travel so far from Town to Town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?" And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a Camel load, but simply said, "How, dear?" And Dot replied, "I will place drums in all the Towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price. The sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable



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(UPS)". Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent. To prevent neighbouring Countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was known as 'Must Send Drum Over Sound' (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures ­ Hebrew To The People (HTTP).


And that is how it all began!! And that's the truth!!

In his presentation entitled "Towards a More Manageable Constitution", President Mutharika proposed rotational Presidency, Federalism and Proportional Representation as three possible ways of addressing concerns about Regional marginalization. State House wishes to unequivocally present His Excellency the State President Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika’s position on Federalism as follows. President Mutharika has on more than one occasion said that he would not stop anyone from advocating for Federalism because he believes in freedom of expression which is enshrined in our Republican Constitution. He also has emphasized that he would love to see a healthy debate on the calls for Federalism. According to the President, what is important is that the outcome of the whole debate should be what is in the best interest of Malawians. In this regard, his emphasis is that those advocating for Federalism should do so in an honest manner and without selfish ulterior motives which could lead to societal disintegration.

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During the 2006 Constitutional Review Conference President Mutharika, then, Professor of Law at Washington School of Law, was invited by the Law Commission to be one of the Consultants and Speakers at the National Review Conference.

As is the case at such Conferences, views such as the ones presented by President Mutharika and everybody else were subject and open for debate and were not definitive, prescriptive or conclusive but were to be taken as mere suggestions that should be debated on.

And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land. Indeed he did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates' drumheads and drumsticks.

And because it was Dot's idea, they named it 'YAHOO Dot Com'. Abraham's Cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot's drums to locate things around the countryside. It soon became known as 'God's Own Official Guide to Locating Everything' (GOOGLE).

Our National Interests are defined by a number of aspects such as Economic Interests, Social Interests, Political Interests and other aspects which define our National Identity as Malawians.

It is worth noting that during the Conference President Mutharika was only providing alternatives and suggestions as someone being consulted in a personal capacity to provide his scholarly views on proposals for reviewing the Republican Constitution.

And the young men did take to Dot Com's trading as doth the greedy Horsefly take to Camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS.

And Dot did say, "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others". And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or "eBay" as it came to be known. He said, "We need a name that reflects what we are". And Dot replied, "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators." "YAHOO!!," said Abraham.

Malawians to decide on what is in the best interest of our Country or a particular Region.

The President is of the view that it is up to


He tackled and reacted to various issues under the three main themes of the Conference namely: (a) Make Good Governance the underlying purpose of the Malawi Constitution; (b) Provide objective principles which do not target individuals or groups for reward or punishment; and (c) Select the most appropriate areas for inclusion in the Constitution and also choose which ones should go to the Legislature. Within the context of these discussions, President Mutharika reacted to various scenarios presented by Consultation Papers made available at the Conference. The President’s views were not prescriptive. He was not advocating for Rotational Presidency, Proportional Representation or Federalism. The President made an expert scholarly presentation by simply outlining the various models available to Malawians, from which delegates to the Constitutional Conference could make informed decisions.


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In his presentation, the President proposed that the three Regions could be abolished because they were created just for Colonial Administrators’ convenience but they are not of Geographical importance. President Mutharika’s suggestion was that once the three Regional Administrative Districts are abolished then the District could be created as the basic Administrative unit. However, Malawi embraced Decentralization as a model of fast­tracking Local Governance and local development, and it is the President’s belief that essentially this must provide more decision power to people. Therefore, it is the President’s wish that as the Nation is debating Federalism, we should also deeply consider the gains that this Nation can make if we collectively choose to strengthen the Decentralization process. The President remains committed to a healthy debate on the issue of Federalism and allowing Malawians to decide on the matter. However, the President will do this within the context and against the background of an Oath that he took to protect the Laws and the Constitution of the Country. The President has got a Constitutional Mandate to uphold and safeguard our National Sovereignty which is critical to our National Unity. His presentation at the 2006 Conference is consistent with the President’s current position which calls for stakeholders to debate the issues of Federalism freely and honestly. Frederick Ndala Presidential Press Secretary Kamuzu Palace

LINK ­ ciety/president­mutharikas­views­on­the­ question­of­federalism­in­malawi.html

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THE MAMMALS OF THE NYIKA ­ VWAZA One problem during the compilation of this List is that the name of some Species has altered over the years because of changes in Taxonomy, and new information, (especially with respect to Genetics and Biochemistry), on the relationship of the Species to other Species. For example, the Least Spiny Mouse Acomys spinosissimus has been referred to as Acomys selousi or A. cahirinus in the older literature; it is not that there are three Species of Spiny Mice but that the single Species has been called by other names. Another example is Whyte’s Mole­rat; it was originally described as Georhychus whytei, then it was considered as a sub­Species of the widespread South Africa Cryptomys hottentotus and the name whytei was reduced to subspecific rank; later still the name whytei was restored to specific rank, and later still, new Taxonomic work considered that the Genus Cryptomys should be confined to Mole­Rats South of the Zambezi River and that all Species North of the river should be placed in a new Genus Fukomys. Hence Whyte’s Mole Rat is now Fukomys whytei, (Burda et al. 2005). All this is rather complicated and confusing and should not concern the lay­reader; however, it is important to realise that any particular Species may have had different names in the past. These situations are more widespread amongst smaller Mammals than larger Mammals. The fifth column provides a very general assessment of where Species are found in the Park. Many Species might be classified as occurring on both the Plateau and the lower Woodlands, especially where these two major Ecological Zones join.


There are a number of Species which have been recorded on a only few occasions; these may be considered as Vagrants or Migrants and not resident members of the Mammalian Fauna of Nyika National Park. Hence it is difficult to know whether to place these Species in Table 1 or Table 2, (see Table 2a). The Mammals of Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve The last column of Table 1 lists the Species recorded in Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve. The Mammals of Vwaza have been much less studied and catalogued than those of Nyika. The only definitive work is that of McShane & McShane­Caluzi (1988). For the Mammals, most of the listed Species are large and/or easily seen. Apart from the Squirrels, Cane Rat, Porcupine, Whyte’s Mole­Rat and one Species of Mouse, no other Species of Rodents are given, nor any Bats and Shrews. Other information can be derived from the Maps in Ansell & Dowsett (1988), but in general small Mammals have never been surveyed properly in Vwaza Marsh. A total of 47 Species are listed here. It is probable that a further 30­40 small Species await discovery. For Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve two Species, Black Rhinoceros and Wildebeest, are listed in Table 2(b). Species removed from the Mammalian Fauna of Nyika National Park and Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve Table 2 lists Species which have been recorded from the Parks at one time, but are not considered now be part of the Fauna. The first three Species, (Table 2a) ­ recorded in the past but with no recent sightings ­ might be considered as part of the Fauna even now; however these Species were never common, were probably Vagrants, and have not been seen for many years. The other Species, listed under 2(b), are not accepted for various reasons. More information is Four­striped Grass Mouse required about each Rhabdomys pumilio of these Species, ©David Happold and specimens


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need to be fully documented and verified. Some are probably misidentifications. It may well be that some of these Species do occur with the Parks, but more substantial evidence is required. A Biogeographical Note The many varied habitats in Nyika National Park, and its large size, result in a rich diversity of Mammalian Species, some 55% of the total recorded in Malawi. (The total number of Mammals in Malawi is about 187 [Ansell & Dowsett 1988].) Nearly all the Species in the Parks are wide­spread in Malawi and in neighbouring Countries where there is the appropriate habitat. Special Species confined to the Plateau include Four­striped Grass Mouse Rhabdomys pumilio, (confined to Nyika and Mt Mulanje in Malawi), and Gnoske's Mouse Shrew Myosorex gnoskei, (endemic to Nyika), as well as many species of smaller Mammals which, in Malawi, occur only in highland areas (e.g. on Nyika, Vipya, Zomba Plateau and Mt Mulanje). In contrast to Birds (Benson 1953, Johnson 1990, Dowsett­Lemaire & Dowsett 2006) and Orchids (La Croix et al. 1991, Johnson 1990) there are fewer special Species of Mammals on the Nyika Plateau than there are for Species of Birds and Orchids. Nonetheless, this does not detract from the importance of Nyika as a major Conservation Area in Malawi for Mammals. Changes to the Mammalian Fauna of Nyika over time The number of Species and the sizes of populations depends on many environmental factors, and has undoubtedly changed over time. The major factors are, (a) the extent of Plateau Grasslands and Evergreen Forests over the millennia, (b) the role of fire in determining the presence and extent of Evergreen Forests, and (c) the influence of humans as a result of Habitat destruction, Poaching and Hunting. There are differing views on whether the Plateau was once all Evergreen Forest, or all Grasslands, or a mixture of both. During Pluvial periods in the

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past, it is suggested that the Forests moved to higher altitudes replacing the Grasslands and hence the Plateau was then covered by Evergreen Forests. During Glacial periods, Delicate Soft­furred Mouse the Forests Praomys delectorum retreated to lower © David Happold altitudes and Grasslands were much more extensive and perhaps joined up with Grasslands on other highland areas. The evidence from studies of small Mammals suggests that there were always both Evergreen Forests and Grasslands, each varying in size and extent as Pluvial and Glacial periods alternated over time. For example, the Four­ striped Grass Mouse Rhabdomys pumilio is only found in high altitude Grasslands, (and never in Evergreen Forests). If the Plateau had, at one time, supported only Evergreen Forests during a Pluvial period this Species would have become locally extinct; when Grasslands were re­ established during cooler and drier periods, individuals of R. pumilio could not have reached the new Grasslands because of the surrounding Forests. The same line of argument can be used for the Delicate Soft­furred Mouse Praomys delectorum which is found only in Evergreen Forests, (such as the Juniper Forest), never in Grasslands although sometimes, rarely, in bracken on the edges of Forests. The presence of both these Species strongly suggests that both Grasslands and Evergreen Forests have always been present on the Nyika Plateau (see, e.g. Happold & Happold 1989).

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THE BOOK SHELF From the Secretary The Friends of Malawi Association

EXPATRIATE EXPERIENCE OF LIFE AND WORK IN NYASALAND Volume 3 by Colin Baker The third volume of "Expatriate Experience of Life and Work in Nyasaland" has now been published and is available for purchase through Colin Baker. It follows the general pattern of its predecessors, being arranged on a broad thematic basis but introduces a number of new themes, most importantly ‘Hunters’, ‘Life After Nyasaland’, ‘The Naturalists’, ‘Nursing and Nurses'; and ‘Planters and Farmers’. A significant, and enriching new feature is the inclusion of experiences drawn from the Italian community in Nyasaland. As in Volume Two, Professor Baker asked ‘younger’ contributors – now mainly Septuagenarians and Octogenarians ­ to recount not only their own lives but also what they remember or learned about their Parents', and occasionally Grandparents’, life and work. In this way, supported by other memoirs, it is possible to reach back one generation, occasionally two generations, beyond direct living memory, to the end of the Nineteenth Century and the beginning of the Twentieth.

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The Federal Saints Journal THE BOOKSHELF Cont .... Professor Baker aims to have the Tapestry which is being woven to be as inclusive as possible, woven by many and varied contributors, gathering and weaving many threads of different lengths and colours and ages, and telling as many different parts of the story as possible. A sort of African Bayeux Tapestry in writing from which a much fuller Social History of Expatriate Colonial life is emerging. Future volumes are planned to continue this trend and will also introduce contributions from the Greek Nyasaland Community and, hopefully from other non­British sources. Readers will find this a fascinating and account of Expatriate experience of life and work in Colonial Nyasaland; full of interest, illuminating and an absorbing pleasure to read. It will make an ideal Christmas present!

Arthur Stevens (67)[??]{P}

Stuart Ross (71­72)[SH]{PH}

Arthur has very kindly given us permission to cover his book in the Journal.

Dear Witty I will be down in Joburg on 8th October and will be bringing a quantity of books. The price of the books will be R175.00 each. Postage is R40 for 1 to 3 books, thereafter I will have to quote. The money can be paid into an account in SA. I will give details later. Kind Regards


CHILEKA AIRPORT The First Sixty Years By Arthur Stevens.

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The GOOD, the BAD and the AWESOME An entertainment assembled by John Tarbit and illustrated by John Harris. Published by the RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION OF MALAWI in aid of Rugby Development in Malawi Schools

‘Expatriate Experience of Life and Work in Nyasaland, Volume Three’ is soft bound, size 234 mm x 156 mm, 394 pages plus 48 pages of illustrations. Price £17.50 plus £3.00 P&P per copy (UK). Discounts are available on Volumes One and Two: Volume One £12.50 plus £3.00 P&P; Volume Two £15.00 plus £3.00 P&P if ordered at the same time as Volume Three. All proceeds will go to the 'Friends of Malawi Association' Charitable Trust Fund. To order a copy please order direct from Colin Baker at 28, Woodlands Road, Bushey, Herts WD23 2LR. Cheques should be made payable to Colin Baker. Jane Lawrance Honorary Secretary Friends of Malawi Association

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This book contains language which may offend unless read in the company of a large glass of Malawi Gin and Tonic – with ice and lemon The price of the book is £10.00 + P&P £2.00 (UK), £ 4.00 (Europe) and £ 5.00 (Rest of the World). It will be available in Malawi at MK7500.00. Payment by Bank Transfer or PayPal to [email protected]

Bank Details: Rugby Football Union of Malawi, TSB Bank, Kings Lynn Branch Sort Code: 30­94­75 Account Number: 26176268 BIC: LOYDGB21321 IBAN: GB09 LOYD 3094 7526 1762 68.



Front Cover ­ Air Malawi Vickers VC­10 (7Q­YKH) at Chileka Airport, Dec 1974



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During the same period, the Nyasaland Air Charter Company was established at Chileka. This was a joint venture with a Pretoria based Aviation Company and was equipped with two Piper J3 Cubs, a two seat, high wing Light Aircraft, and a Piper Cruiser, all available for Charter. The Company also offered Fying Instruction. The Service lasted only a couple of years however. The Piper Cruiser came down on a sandbank at the mouth of the Lilongwe river near Salima following fuel contamination and one of the Cubs was written off after running out of fuel and force landing near Chikwawa.

CHILEKA AIRPORT THE FIRST SIXTY YEARS Early Charter Operators at Chileka Along with CAA, Service expansion at Chileka continued with the establishment of a Base at the Airport by Rhodesian Aviation Maintenance Services (RAMS). Their prime attraction to Chileka lay in the fact that they were granted an Air Service Permit to operate a Feeder Service from Chileka to Monkey Bay to connect with the BOAC Short Solent Fying Boat Service to Southampton and Johannesburg. This Service called weekly in each direction at Cape Maclear on Lake Malawi.

The 'Prop and Tail Wheel' Imperial Airways "Fly To Africa" Adverts for their Flyingboat Service

(Interesting Aircraft Registration!!)

Empire Class Flyingboat

RAMS utilised a de Havilland Rapide twin engined Biplane for this Service and operated throughout the Fying Boat Service in 1949 and 1950, until the Solents were dropped by BOAC in favour of land based Planes routed through Northern Rhodesia. W.H.A. "Tony" Jackson, D.F.M., who had been a junior Captain on the Fying Boat Service, served in Malawi's Department of Civil Aviation when it was established at Independence, acting as Senior Operations Officer, (Aerodromes) in the Seventies. RAMS based a Beechcraft Bonanza single engined Aircraft at Chileka at the same time to offer Charter Services. However, when this Plane came off worst against an Anthill at Fort Hill Airstrip in 1951, RAMS abandoned its Chileka Base.

Thus in January 1952, the 'Prop and Tail Wheel' Restaurant and Bar opened at Chileka, from 7.00 am to 10.00 pm daily. It was run by Country Inns Limited, Proprietors of the George and Dragon Restaurant and the Pig and Whistle Inn. The Proprietors were based in Zomba, and their earlier connections with Aviation had not been auspicious. They were marooned on an island in the middle of the Zambesi river, Mocambique after their Aircraft had run out of fuel en­route to Salisbury some years before!!

Continued next month ...

Water Colour of Short Solent at Cape McClear

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With the completion of the runways in 1950 the Federal Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) issued a Tender for the operation of Catering Services at Chileka. This was in spite of their acknowledgement that the current Terminal Buildings were inadequate and described as "interim”. Inter alia, the Tenderers had to provide lunch, tea, and snacks to all bona fide Air Crew and Passengers between 10.00 and 16.00 hours daily, longer if desired, with the general public only to be served without prejudice to Air Travellers and Crews. European Airport Staff were to be served with light meals and snacks at a reduced rate. The Restaurant, provided by the DCA, would seat 30 people, together with a Kitchen, Store and Preparation Room. In exchange it would charge £12 per month.



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OLD HISTORICAL BOOK Rick Simmons has sent us a copy of this interesting Historical book on Nyasaland published in 1934!!


WAYS OF ENTRY. For many years access to Nyasaland, or 'British Central Africa', as it was called in the early days, was by Chinde at the Zambezi mouth, where there was a British Concession for Customs purposes, and thence by Stern­Wheel Steamers up the Zambezi and Shire Rivers; but to­day most travellers to Nyasaland will enter either by Motorcar from Tete and Salisbury or by Rail from Beira. The distance from Salisbury to Blantyre by road is 387 miles; there are Hotels at Tete and Mtoko and Ferrying facilities across the Zambezi. At present this is only a Dry Season, (April to November), road. It is 62 miles from the Portuguese Border to Blantyre, and on that stretch the traveller will meet a fair sample of Nyasaland scenery ­ hills and dales, Mountain ranges and rivers.

present made at night, but nothing is lost thereby. Dawn finds the traveller at the Zambezi crossing. At present a Ferry Steamer is used; when the Bridge, now under construction, is finished early in 1936, the Ferry will be a thing of the past. This Bridge, over two miles in length, will be the second longest Bridge in the World. It runs from Sena on the South bank to Mutarara on the North. Sena, 120 miles from the mouth of the Zambezi, was established as a Portuguese Settlement in 1531, being originally reached, not from Quelimane at the Zambezi mouth, but overland from Sofala.

The first­Class Railway fare from Beira to Blantyre is at present £10 11s., from which statement the traveller will realize the chief obstacle to the Country’s progress, freight rates being comparatively as high. As explained later in this work, however, it is hoped that this difficulty will soon be a thing of the past If the visitor makes an overnight stay in Beira, it will be necessary to pass the Portuguese Customs. The officials are most obliging; any departure from their usual demeanour will probably be due to the discourtesy of some traveller. Heavy baggage is kept in the Bonded Stores at the Quay or at the Station, but hand baggage is allowed to be taken to the Hotel. The Customs Officials, if properly approached, will usually allow the traveller access at any time to the Bonded baggage if he wishes to remove any additional small article to his Hotel. Passenger Trains run twice weekly from Beira to Blantyre. The coaches used are the South African corridor type, and Dining Cars are attached. It is necessary to book seats. Bedding can be obtained at a charge of 3s. for the night journey from Beira. No Mosquito Nets are supplied, but neither are they on the Rhodesian Trains running to Beira. From Beira to the Zambezi the line runs through a comparatively level Forest. This part of the journey is at

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Aerial photos of the "Dona Ana" Zambezi Bridge

(From the FS Collection)

Sena was the base of Baretto’s famous Expedition, which, in November, 1591, tried to penetrate the present Territory of Rhodesia. Six hundred Arquebusiers with Artillery and twenty­five Wagons left Sena, but almost all perished. Sena was important as being the head of Navigation for the larger Portuguese Vessels used on the lower Zambezi, Cargo being there transshipped to smaller Craft for transit to Tete, higher up the river. In view of the gallant exploits of the Portuguese in the neighbourhood of Sena Ii the Sixteenth Century, it would be a graceful act on the part of the British Authorities if some recognition could be affixed to the Bridge which now marks the site of these early and noteworthy struggles. Such an act of International courtesy would undoubtedly be deeply esteemed by the Portuguese, who are justly as proud of the exploits of their Explorers as we are of their fellow spirits, the Elizabethan Navigators.


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The South bank of the Zambezi, it may be noted, is under the Government of the Mozambique Company; the North bank, that of the Portuguese Government. Another difficulty confronting the present Trade of Nyasaland is thus obvious: all Imports and Exports have two different Customs Authorities to pass on their way either to or from the Coast. The traveller will probably cross the river in the Dry Season and will thus obtain no idea of a "good" Zambezi Food. An illustration may help him. In the past it has sometimes been necessary to embark on a River Steamer at Caia, (164 miles), and sail on a wide "Sea" covering the Railway to Chiromo, (266 miles), or even beyond. However, the new alignment of the Railway to the Bridge will take the line out of the flood area. From the Zambezi the line follows the course of the Shire River. Trains stop at Port Herald while passengers deal with the Customs Authorities. At Chiromo, (266 miles from Beira), the line is still only 125 feet above Sea­Level. From a few miles beyond Chiromo however, it rises in 83 miles to 3,840 feet and the Country changes. Instead of the wide open Fats, the Train crawls round curves in steep Wooded hillsides, waterfalls appear here and there, while dominating the scene the huge Mlanje Range appears at intervals. The line twists and turns in all directions, runs across deeply cut Mountain streams, through cuttings, and finally emerges, near Luchenza Station, (2,200 feet), on the lower step of the Shire Highlands Plateau. Near Mikalongwe, (2,622 feet, 329 miles), it starts the climb up the final step on which Limbe stands, 3,810 feet, and thence descends to Blantyre, 3,418 feet. On the last part of the Railway journey the traveller will meet a fair sample of Nyasaland Territory. Nyasaland is a hotchpotch of baked Plains, Wooded Hills, and wide cool Plateaux, these predominating. It is possible to pass, almost in a day, from fierce Tropical heat at Chiromo to freezing cold on the Mlanje Plateau; in a few hours from waterless thirst of the Sanya Forests to the fresh water waves of Lake Nyasa. The bottom of this Lake lies, in places, many hundred feet below Sea­Level, and beside its shores rise Mountains to a height of over ten thousand feet above Sea­Level.

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For the development of the Railways Nyasaland has to thank chiefly the late Lord Faringdon, and, for many years past, the vision, pertinacity and financial acumen of Mr. Libert Oury, a man of so retiring a nature that many Nyasalanders do not realise how immensely they are in his debt. Travellers from Tanganyika Territory can enter, in the Dry Season only, by the new North Road, made to connect with the Great North Road which runs from Tanganyika to Rhodesia and South Africa. The Customs are passed at Lilongwe. There is also a connecting road via Fort Jameson with the main Rhodesian Railway Line at Lusaka, the site of the new Capital of Northern Rhodesia. This road has been a difficult and expensive one to make, owing to the escarpments to be surmounted, and the Luangwa River having to be bridged, but it is now in serviceable condition, and the Bridge has been made possible owing to the generosity of the Beit Trustees. There is also a fair weather Track from Mzimba in the Mombera District, up the Luangwa valley to Isoko. Here it may be mentioned that travelers’ Motorcars, Frearms and Camp Equipment are admitted free in­transit. A good road runs from the Portuguese Coast Port of Quelimane to Blantyre and is in regular use. Tourists arriving from Quelimane pass the Customs at Mlanje.

BWANA WA POLISI The Story of a Policeman's Life in England, Nyasaland and Bechuanaland, 1952–1967 By Christopher Bean

There is an Aerodrome at Limbe and others will soon be provided at various points throughout the Country. A new one, said to be one of the finest in Africa, has recently been finished to serve Blantyre. Aerial Transport has made rapid progress in the Protectorate, and at the beginning of 1934 a Company styled 'Rhodesian and Nyasaland Airways, Ltd' ­ in which Imperial Airways holds an interest ­ was formed with the help of the Beit Trustees to operate a regular weekly Service between Nyasaland and Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, where connexion is made with the main Imperial Airways African Mail Service to and from the Cape and London.

Continued next month .... Continued next month .... Chapter II Ways of Entry Chapter III - "The Townships"



For more enquires [email protected] Tel +27 (0)31 701 8019

Soon to be generally available and on

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Continued from last month...... CHAPTER TWENTY­TWO

Anjoka – Snakes! As I read through what I have written I become aware that I have not written very much about Snakes, a creature one associates strongly with Africa. The main reason for this is that they never presented much of a problem. I remember in my early days at Mlanje the Cook Boy calling me one day to come and look at this Snake crossing the track outside my house. I was staggered to see an enormous body entirely filling the track which was about fourteen feet wide. I could see neither the head nor the tail of what had to be a large Python. Pythons are relatively harmless to man and are not poisonous although their bite can turn very nasty owing to their dirty teeth. A Python the size of the one I was looking at could easily swallow a man whole after first constricting him. They would not normally attack a man either but it African Python

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has been known. I saw a smaller Python which had swallowed a large Goat and it was a sight to behold. The animal is swallowed whole after the Python has disengaged its lower jaw to accommodate the size. If possible they then make for the nearest water in which they lie for a couple or more days until the animal is totally digested. Whilst I was in Kasungu, one late afternoon my Cook Boy came running in and said, ”You must come quickly with your 'shottigun'. There is a Snake at the Bwana Doctor’s house”. Allan Pugh the District Surgeon lived next door to me so, grabbing my shotgun I ran next door where an agitated Allan took me into his lounge and pointed to a thin grey Snake about four feet long which was curled up on his Radio. I thought it was a Skaapsteker, a not very poisonous Snake. He said excitedly to me, ”Shoot it. Shoot it!”. I was amazed and pointed out that if I shot the Snake I would also blow his Radio to kingdom come! He hadn’t thought about that side of it!! So we disposed of the Snake by picking it up, balanced on the end of a fencing foil, and depositing it in the garden where it made good its escape. A popular myth, often quoted by Africans, is that there is never one Snake without another, its mate nearby. They insist on killing all “Njokas” as they call them and then burning the body, thus preventing the mate from joining it. There is no foundation for this belief but I must tell a short story illustrating why they might think so. Or perhaps I am stupid! I was out hunting in the Tuli Block, on the Border between Southern Rhodesia and Bechuanaland, once with my friend John Ilsley when we found a small Puff Adder in the path, about eighteen inches long. These are very poisonous Snakes whose bite mortifies flesh where they bite. They are not likely to kill a man unless he perhaps has a heart condition or something and can not stand the shock. When John and I found this small Puff Adder, we killed it by simply standing on its head and crushing it. This was in the days Puff Adder


before I stopped killing Snakes. I have many times been criticised since for rescuing Snakes and putting them to safety rather than kill them. Many people just say, “Kill all Snakes”. They are beautiful creatures and intend no harm to man. I am not one of these "nutters" who play with Snakes and inevitably end up, even after many years, by being bitten, I just think they should live. Anyway, after killing this Puff Adder John and I continued on our hunt and several hours later as we passed the spot where we had killed the Snake, we were amazed to find another Puff Adder, of identical size, lying exactly on top of, and exactly along the contours of the Snake we had killed! I cannot explain this but perhaps the Africans are right after all? I mention "nutters" with regard to Snakes and to illustrate, I once, while on holiday, visited the Snake Park in Bulawayo. It was deserted and the Curator offered to take us round personally which I thought was very pleasant of him. He showed us this and that and then we came to a glass cage with a large Puff Adder in it. In the corner of the cage was a jam jar filled with fluid with a strange object in the fluid. I asked him what it was and he said it was his forefinger. I then noticed that his right hand was bandaged. Apparently a couple of weeks before he was putting on a display for visitors, with bare hands, utterly foolish and a clear case of familiarity breeding contempt. The Snake had turned and had bitten him on the forefinger. He immediately drove himself to the Bulawayo General Hospital where they pumped the area full of antivenine, (Anti­ venom) – to no avail. The flesh surrounding the bite died and they had to amputate the finger at the base. So he put it on display with the Snake that had done it! No accounting for tastes. It is a general belief that all animals are born with a natural instinct for survival but I wonder if this is always the case. I once visited the Snake Park at Kariba in Rhodesia at a time when they were feeding the Snakes with their once weekly meal. In a cage with a very large Cobra, about eight feet long, they had placed about a dozen day­old Chicks, still alive. The Cobra will only eat live food. The Chicks wandered about the cage, quite without fear until the Snake fixed one of them with its gaze, slithered forward and bit it. They do not inject


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The Federal Saints Journal The BOOKSHELF Cont .... venom unless it is necessary and with something as small as a Chick, simply biting it and holding on will kill it. When the Chick was dead, the Snake unhinged its jaw and slowly worked the Chick down its throat, head first so the wings and legs would not catch on the way down. This all took some time and whilst it was going on, the other Chicks African Cobra wandered around quite unconcerned and indeed one of them climbed up on top of the Cobra’s head and stood looking down its throat watching its mate disappear! I could not believe this because I thought the Chicks, and all animals, would have an inborn fear of anything dangerous, especially Snakes. Perhaps they are taught danger by their Mothers? Anyway, the rest of the Chicks all went the same way over the next hour or so. The Curator told me that a few nights before, one of the large Cobras had escaped and got into the Store where they kept the live feed for the Snakes. It had got into a box of two dozen Chicks and ate the lot. When they came in in the morning it was lying there, comatose and stuffed! I enjoyed a great eighteen months in Kasungu but before I left to go on my first Overseas Leave, one further adventure was to present itself. In 1960 the Queen Mother paid an Official Visit to the Federation and part of that included a visit to Nyasaland, in particular the Lakeshore. The nearest place on the Lake to Kasungu was a place called Salima where there were three Lakeside Hotels. The one in the middle was called “Grand Beach” and to give the Queen Mum respite from her Official Duties it was arranged that she should have an hour and a half’s seclusion right on the beach by the Lakeside. They erected a nice little lapa, (a Palm covered shelter), for her to sit in and the view was marvellous for her – and a lovely rest. Some brain however thought the view could be improved by having a Water Skier pulled past her shelter as she sat. Enquiries revealed that I could Ski and I was

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deputed for the job! As soon as she had entered the Hotel, I abandoned my post where I was controlling security and shot off to the Hotel in the next bay. A quick change, out onto the Lake behind a boat and then I was pulled away and across the Queen Mum’s view. As I passed her, about fifty yards out, she waved to me and I waved back. Round the next headland, turn round and repeat the performance back across her bay. We waved again and then I was out of sight back where I started. Into the Hotel, a quick change back into uniform and away to my security point. I would imagine as she passed me in her car on the way out and I saluted her past, she had no idea she had already seen me. A lovely memory for me though to take on leave.

MALAWI The Warm Heart of Africa Photographs by Frank Johnston, Text by Sandy Ferrar

Malawi does no leave her History behind. Most Countries move on and leave tangible relics in their wakes. Malawi’s past is carried forward into the present, a part of each day, and the relics are worn thin with use, while the past still surrounds us. There are no Ancient Cities in Malawi. Built of sun­ baked Clay or rammed Earth, and roofed with Thatch, houses melt in the rain, gradually returning to the Earth. New houses mushroom up, of Clay and Poles and Reed, but they are as old as the hills, as old as Lake Malawi itself. The neat little Villages we see today are essentially the same as they were when Livingstone first set eyes on his "Lake of Stars”.

The Queen Mother When she visited Nyasaland

Continued next Month ....... CHAPTER TWENTY THREE United Kingdom Leave



[This section of the book covers various Featured aspects of the Country and we will cover these one-by-one in the next few issues]


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City of Blantyre seen from the top of Ndirande Mountain

CENTRAL AFRICANA LTD Frank Johnston in Blantyre runs Central Africana Ltd, a Book Store and Gallery of early and modern Nyasaland and Malawi material. Through him we purchased the Helen MacLaren "Conforzi" Map used for the "Map Project". He has a good range of early and rare books etc that are worth investigating for those of you who collect such books of Central Africa. This information is available on his WebSite under 'Books'.

The Blantyre Branch of the Reserve Bank

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The Old Town Hall at the bottom of Victoria Avenue


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Our Expanded Revision, a new edition, of “Malawi, Lake of Stars” is being shipped from Singapore. That title sold 10,000 copies in the Nineties and this Edition has a new Writer and we've changed lots of the photos. We are also finalising our “Malawi Coffee Table Book" and "Blantyre History and Profile" is a major work in progress. Probably available early next year. My personal Library has about half gone to Collectors around the World but there is interesting stuff left including lots of ephemera from the last sixty years. We are Publishers and Distributors of high quality four­colour Books, Reports, Maps, Prints, Calendars and Posters of Malawi interest. Visit the WebSite to download FREE Screensavers of shots from Central Africana's definitive book "Malawi, the Warm Heart of Africa", and ePostcards.


FRANCE Close to Geneva ............................. Colin Pryce

ITALY Details of Saints all over the World who are happy to host visiting Saints. IF YOU HAVE ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE PLEASE LET US KNOW ABOUT IT! It is designed to assist with accommodation costs and in putting old friends together again.

Poggio Mirteto .......... Giorgio and Lois Losacco


Nairobi .............................. Jake Grieves­Cook

Turin .................................... Flavio Vergnano



..... Mary Chennell (Trueman)

AMERICA Louisville, KY.............................. Jack Lesshafft Richmond, VA .............. Liz Sabbatini (Whiston)

MOCAMBIQUE Tete ............................................ Gilbert Bouic

Coeur d'Alene, ID ........ Margaret MacKenzie (Cumming)

NAMIBIA NEW "Mlozi, End of the Slaver" by David Stuart­ Mogg;


Longbeach ........ Eric & Sue Cook (Sim/Bruins)

Brisbane, Queensland .................. Steve Toyne "Our African Way of Life" by Cullen Young and Hastings Kamuzu Banda.

Cairns N. Queensland .. Valerie Howe (Graham)

"Nyasaland Cookery Book & Household Guide (1946)".

Sydney, NSW ...................... Helen Hall (Howard)


Flying Fish Point, Queensland ... Hazel Holland (Toyne)

Mackay, Queensland ....................... Geof Acton

NETHERLAND Dongen ....................................... Ron de Graaf

SCOTLAND Angus ........................................ Graham Philp

Sanctury Cove, Gold Coast .....Brian Richardson

Cell: +265 (0) 9960066 Email: [email protected]­ Web:


­ "Remember Malawi best with Central Africana" ­

London .................... Mary Chennell (Trueman)

Johannesburg ......... Moira MacMurray (Nolan) Pretoria ...................................... Witty & Cher

Powys (Wales)..Janice "Jan" Renshaw (Bolard) Address: Kidney Crescent, P.O. Box 631 ­ Blantyre, Malawi Tel: +265 (0) 1876110; Fax: +265 (0) 1876102;

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Salisbury (Wiltshire) ... Colette PRICE (HARTY) Sherborne Somerset,..arol­Anne Raisbeck (Bishop)


Ross­on­Wye, Herefordshire ..Sally­Ann Timbrell (Lanham)


ZIMBABWE Harare .................................... Duke du Coudray

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VINJERU Education in Malawi


The Trust takes Educational Aids, no longer required in the

Charities and Projects that are either run or supported by Saints, or of such value that we feel coverage and information about them would be of interest to the members.

UK, to some 70 remote Schools in the North of Malawi.

Mother & Child Cape Mclear Foundation Clinic Est. 2002 in memory of Billy Riordan who drowned in the Lake in 1999.

Contact Persons

Contact Person ­

­ Mary Chennell (Trueman): [email protected]

WebSite ­

­ Ian Bate [Trustee]: [email protected] ­ Tony Trueman [Trustee]: [email protected] ­ Rick Simmons [Trustee)]: [email protected] WebSite ­


(The Wings of the Eagle) Shirley Charlton. (Pete Charlton's Wife), operates this Charity, from Australia, for a face­lift for the Village of Manyowe outside Blantyre.

THE NCHIMA TRUST Est. in 1962 and provides funds for projects within Malawi, concentrated on Health, Education, Rural Credit, Orphan Support and a Community Centre at Thyolo. The Trust now has its own Facebook Page at ...

ALL ANGELS SCHOOL Senga Bay Girls Scholarship

Contact Person ­ Shirley Charlton: [email protected] WebSite ­

Fund Providing Secondary School Education for girls in the Senga Bay area.

Contact Person ­ Carol Lawton, [email protected]

WILDLIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIETY OF MALAWI Hi Witty Is it possible for you to include the attached general information in future editions of the



Contact Persons ­ Barbara Limb (Jones) [email protected] ­ Josie Quinn [email protected] WebSite ­

The Nyika­Vwaza Trusts are the only Malawian and UK Trusts solely dedicated to conserving the precious Wildlife and Habitats of Northern Malawi, in particular the Nyika National Park and the Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve. Although protected by Law, these are delicate Ecosystems vulnerable to the ravages of fire and neglect through lack of financial resources.



please? We're sure SAINTS Alumni will be interested in what we're doing ­ and many will remember our Chairman, Paul TAYLOR MBE, who was Head at St Andrew's International Primary School!

Contact Person ­ Peter Lawrence (Sec) ­ [email protected]

eMail ­ [email protected]­

WebSite ­ www.nyika­vwazi­

WebSite ­

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Posted by Richard Beldon

Mary Chennell (Trueman) (58­63)[LW]{PH}

CANCEL ALL CREDIT CARDS PRIOR TO DEATH! Be sure and cancel your Credit Cards before you die! This is so priceless.

Hi Witty

EQUIPMENT APPEAL My Charity ­ Vinjeru ­ has received the appeal below and I wondered if any readers would be able to help. This is one of the Schools we help already, but have not been able to find this aspect of what they need.

MALAWI T­SHIRTS Thought you guys may want to have a look at the 'Warm Heart of Malawi' Winter range. Malawi goes Raglan style, plain long sleeve or classic T­shirt without black trim. Great crimbo prezzies! Could do Aprons. Tea Towels, Mouse Mats, Running Shirts ­ you name it we can probably do it! No financial gain for anyone other that Ubwino Wa Amayi on all products. I do it cos I love you all. Hoping to get to the £1000 for Ubwino by end of December.

LINK ­ 88101/permalink/906722066006435/


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A lady friend in South Africa died last October, and her Bank billed her in December for their annual Service Charges on her Credit Card, then added late fees and interest on the monthly charge. The balance had been R0.00, and was now R60.00. A family member placed a call to the Bank's Call Centre:

Bear in mind the equipment does not have to be new, just usable.

Family Member: "I am calling to tell you that she died last October."

Many thanks on their behalf, and that of Vinjeru,

Bank: "The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply."


Family Member: "Maybe, you should turn it over to collections."


I write ask if you could assist our School, Euthini CDSS in Mzimba North Education District to find a donor who would help the School. We teach Physical Science at this School but do not teach effectively because we lack Laboratory Apparatus like: Ammeters, Voltmeters, Triple Beam Balances, Bunsen Burners, Microscopes, Test Tubes among others. It is hard to improvise all the equipment required when teaching Science subjects. Assistance in any of the above items to this School will be highly appreciated. Vinjeru Education Malawi is already doing quite a lot in the Education of the Malawian child. We appreciate your services. Thanks, H.Z. Njikho ­ [email protected]



Bank: "Since it is two months past due, it already has been." Family Member: "So, what will they do when they find out she is dead?" Bank: "Either report her account to the Frauds Division or report her to the Credit Bureau, maybe both!" Family Member: "Do you think God will be mad at her?" Bank: "Excuse me?" Family Member: "Did you just get what I was telling you? The part about her being dead?" Bank: "Sir, you'll have to speak to my Supervisor."

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Sent in by Barrie Robertson

Supervisor gets on the phone:

Sent in by Barrie Robertson




Family Member: "I'm calling to tell you, she died in October."


Bank: "The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply." Family Member: "You mean you want to collect from her Estate?" Bank: (Stammer) "Are you her Lawyer?" Family Member: "No, I'm her Great Nephew." (Lawyer info also given) Bank: "Could you Fax us a Certificate of Death?" Family Member: "Sure." (Fax number is given) After they get the Fax: Bank: "Our system just isn't set up for death. I don't know what more I can do to help." Family Member: "Well, if you figure it out, great! If not, you could just keep billing her. I don't think she will care."

A row of bottles on my shelf Caused me to analyse myself. One yellow pill I have to pop Goes to my heart so it won't stop. A little white one that I take Goes to my hands so they won't shake. The blue ones that I use a lot Tell me I'm happy when I'm not. The purple pill goes to my brain And tells me that I have no pain. The capsules tell me not to wheeze Or cough or choke or even sneeze.. The red ones, smallest of them all Go to my blood so I won't fall. The orange ones, very big and bright Prevent my leg cramps in the night. Such an array of brilliant pills Helping to cure all kinds of ills. But what I'd really like to know........... Is what tells each one where to go!

Sent in by Mary Chennell (Trueman)


Bank: "Well, the late fees and charges do still apply."

Sometimes things can get a bit boring...

Family Member: "Would you like her new Billing Address?"

However, you can make things more interesting on garbage day! Pack your garbage like this ....

Bank: "That might help." Family Member: West Park Cemetery, 12 West Johannesburg, Plot Number 1049."



Bank: 'Sir, that's a Cemetery!' Family Member: 'Well, what the **** do you do with dead people on your Planet?' Then watch through the window!!!!!

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All I gave you was just one job to do........!


Continued next month ....

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Old Andreans of the 1950's (St Andrews Alumni, Blantyre, Malawi, Africa)

Old Andreans of the 1960's (St Andrews Alumni, Blantyre, Malawi, Africa)

Old Andreans of the 1970's (St Andrews Alumni, Blantyre, Malawi, Africa)

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November 2014 (Vol 10; Issue 119)

The Federal Saints Journal


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November 2014 (Vol 10; Issue 119)


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The Federal Saints Journal


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the Journal you will need a 'Zip/UnZip' and a 'PDF Reader'. We recommended, if MS Windows ­ "EasyZip 2000" which is from ­

Distribution – The Journal is published monthly, on the 15th of each month, and distributed to all participating Saints as well as other interested Members. ion_freeware

Listing of Saint's Names – All Saints' names are highlighted in BOLD, with Maiden/Former Names (in parentheses), where applicable. Missing Saints' names are listed in BOLD & RED. In addition, in all articles, (where known), their years of attendance are shown, (in parentheses), and their School House, [in Square Brackets]. Each Member's current Country of Residence is indicated either with that Country's Flag or by using the 3­letter International Olympic Country Identifier. All, known, Deceased Saints are marked in Purple and suffixed with (†). Teacher's names are shown in BOLD, with Surnames in UPPER­CASE. "AWOL" Saints are coloured Green. Schools attended are indicated by ­ {M} for the Old Scottish Mission School; {P} for the Preparatory School; {H} for the High School; (and {C} for the Convent). ARTICLE HEADERS ­ are also colour coded: Blue are Federal Saints; White & Blue are before or after the Federal Period and plain White are NOT Saints.

Listing of the School Houses – The School Houses at the Prep School, and for the start of the Senior School in the New Buildings, were Beit [Beit]; Livingstone [Liv]; Rhodes [Rhod] and Stanley [Stan]. Once the High School started the new Headmaster ran a Competition for new House Names and they were changed to Johnston [JH], Laws [LW], Livingstone [LV] and Sharpe [SH]. All Houses are colour coded with the House Colour. If you can't remember your House it's listed as [??]. If Pupils were transferred between Houses the last House is listed as your House. In 1964, due to a drop of almost 50% in pupil numbers, Sharpe was discontinued, but later, in 1970 it was re­instated. In 1978 six more Houses were added, (see History Booklet), but in 1992 the School reverted to the original 4 Houses and colours but changed their names to Chiradzulu; Michiru; Ndirandi and Soche. Format & Copy Information ­ The Journal goes out in ISO Zipped PDF format. On the WebSite it is available in straight PDF Format.


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Confidentiality ­ ALL contact information is available to any other Saint on request (unless you request to remain 'Anonymous'), This information will NOT be used for any other purpose except Group matters. How To Contact Us ­ To send articles, photographs, suggestions and comments, or to change your address or other details. See below.

and “FoxIt” PDF Reader". available from ­ Backnumbers ­ All Backnumbers are available for download from the WebSite, under 'Publications'. Newsletters/Journals on CD ­ Compilation CDs of the first nine years of "The Federal Saints Newsletter/Journal" are available. They include all 12 issues of each year, the FoxIt PDF Reader, a selection of photographs, (in a slide show format), and other items and features. The CDs have printed inserts and labels and they should be a good "Collectors Item". They are available at a nominal price of ZAR100, (or more), to cover the media and P&P to anywhere in the World, the balance going towards the running costs of the Group. Local Assistance – Saints in various Countries are available to help out those who have problems with downloading the Journal or who do not have Computers or Internet access and who will then forward electronic or paper copies to them. Creative Commons ­ As we are a Non­Profit Social Organisation and we are supporters of the 'Creative Commons' concept insofar as Articles, Photographs etc are used/published in this Journal. All material herein is published under the 'Fair Use' guidelines. No known Copyright material will be used without permission and/or acknowledgement. Unsubscribe ­ ALL Unsubscribe requests will be honoured. To unsubscribe send an eMail with the word "Unsubscribe" in the Subject line. PLEASE also tell us why you are unsubscribing, we like to know what we are doing wrong!!

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Sponsorship ­ The FS Journal has, by popular request, a “Sponsorship” System whereby anyone can make a "Donation" to the running costs of the Project. This is NOT a condition of Membership of the Group!! Bank details appear below for any such donations. Bank Account Details : ABSA, Lynnwood Ridge, Pretoria, (Code 333­845) Acc. No. 9173484790. SWIFT ­ ABSAZAJJ IBAN: 632005 + Acc No (The Group Account is in the name of) "I. J. Whitfield ­ Federal Saints" If any donations are sent to this Account,

PLEASE send an eMail notification of this. Membership (Free) ­ Is open to all Pupils and Staff of ALL the St Andrew's Schools both before, during and after The Federal Period! As well as to any other interested people or organisations. The "focus" of the Group however is on the Federal Period, the Country and School History!!



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(First Published - 2005). November 2014. Issue No 119. Vol 10. Society of Malawi. Archive Photograph. Blantyre Town Hall, late 1960s, when building still being.

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