The History Society of Zimbabwe, and the Rhodesiana Society before it, have provided their members and their guests with a series of talks, film shows and outings of a diverse nature and on varied topics such as  “The Anglo-Zulu War” to  “Some Birds and Birding Characters of the past”. Herewith below is a list of the 125 activities (comprising 146 talks and/or outings) over the sixteen year period from 2003 to 2018. (Unless otherwise stated all the talks took place in Harare).

A list of talks, film shows and outings from the inception of the Society in 1953 up to 2002 is published in an article in Heritage of Zimbabwe  No. 22 of June 2003 (Special Issue to mark the Golden Jubilee of the Society). The article is entitled “Outings and Talks Organised by the History Society of Zimbabwe between 1953 and 2002” by T. F. M. Tanser.

Further details of the Society may be found in two other article s in Heritage No. 22 as follows:

“A History of the Rhodesiana Society from June 2nd 1953 to June 2nd 1974″ by G. H. Tanser.

“A History  of the History Society of Zimbabwe 1953 – 2003” by Michael J. Kimberley.

A selection of photographs taken from various talks and outings over the past  four years has been placed on the HSZ website together with this article.

 

February 2003
Heraldry.

18th May 2003
The History of the Greek Community in Zimbabwe.
Talk by John Travlos.

27thJuly 2003
The History of the Forestry Industry.
Talk by Lyn Mullin and Dr. Mureriwa.

18th November 2003
The Khumalo Dynasty.
Talk by Prof. Ray Roberts.

14th December 2003
The History of the Breweries in Zimbabwe.
Talk by Peter Sternberg.

23rdJune 2004
Lobengula. The Burial and the Treasure.
Talk by Prof. Ray Roberts.

27th June 2004
Cleveland Dam and Haka Park.
Talks by Richard Wood and John Jackson.

8th September 2004
WW II Video.
Presented by Peter Sternberg.

26th September 2004
Chivero National Park.
Talks by Graham Childes, Stuart Hargreaves, John Hargrove and Mr. Nysshens.

10th October 2004
The Dominican Convent.
Talk by Sister Ferreira.

5th December 2004
Chisipite School.
Talks by Messrs. Howard and Robinson and Anna McCarthy.

9th February 2005
The Mazoe Patrol.
Talk by Richard Wood.

9th March 2005
Beira.
Talk by Jack Bennet.

13th April 2005
Wagons and Transport Riders.
Talk by Mike Whiley.

11th May 2005
Railways in the Harare area.
Talk by Robin Taylor.

15th June 2005 
Pupil Pilot to Instructor Royal Air Force Training Group.
Talk by Ian Imray

13th July 2005
Old Newsreel films.
Talk by Peter Sternberg.

14th August 2005
60th Anniversary of the end of World War II.
A Full day event with seven speakers all of whom participated in the War.

26th October 2005
Robert Moffat.
Talk by Tim Tanser.

4th December 2005
David Livingstone.
Talk by Russell Gammon.

17th January 2006
Founding and Development of  the University of   Zimbabwe.
Talk by Prof. Norman Atkinson.

16th February 2006
David Livingstone.
Talk by The Reverend Rob Mackenzie.

9th April 2006
Visit to Seed Co., Rattray-Arnold  Research Centre and a talk on cereal crop breeding and research by Mike Caulfield

4th May 2006
Land of Rhodes.
Film Show by Peter Sternberg

18th May 2006
Lives and Services to this country; H.M. Jackson, Hugh Marshall Hole, Lionel Powys Jones and Stan Cary.
Talk by Peter Mundy.

12th June 2006
Visit to Masembura Communal Area including Chadadzimyu Cave and Chisvingo Ruins.
Led by Richard Wood, Richard Franks and Alex Masterson.

27th July 2006
Morgenster  Mission.
Talk by Conrad Brand

24th September 2006
The History and Research undertaken at the Agricultural Research Trust Farm.
Talk by R. Winkfield.
The history of Agricultural Research in  Zimbabwe.
Talk by Dr. Jerry Grant.
Both presented at a visit to the Farm

26th October 2006
The Margolis family and Olivine Industries.
Talk by Rory Beattie.

3rd December 2006
Rhodes Scholarships.
Talk by David Morgan.

7th December 2006
Robert Paul.
Talk by Colette Wiles at a visit to Gallery Delta.

25th January 2007
Dr. Dyson Blair and John Wallace Downie.
Talk by Rob Blair.

22nd February 2007
Spitfire, the Pursuit of a Dream.
Talk and film presented by Bill Sykes.

26th April 2007
Tsetse Fly Control.
Talk by Mike Saunders.

31st May 2007
Elephants.
Talk by Charlie Mackie.

24th/25th July 2007
The Anglo-Zulu War.
Talk by Rob Caskie.

30th September 2007
Chikupu Cave.
Outing led by Richard Wood.

25th October 2007
Zulu Ndebele Imposters.
Talk by Prof. Ray Roberts

9th December 2007
Borrowdale Racecourse.
Visit led by Brian Black and Bubbles Draper.

28th February 2008
Railway Locomotive Development.
Talk by Robin Taylor.

15th  May 2008
Some Birds and Birding Characters of the past.
Talk by Alex Masterson.

24th July 2008
Inyanga Terracing and Pit Structures Pre-History.
Talk by Ann Kritzinger.

6th November 2008
Major Lewis Hastings.
Talk by Prof. Ray Roberts.

7th December 2008
Arundel School. Visit.

7th December 2008
Fifty years of  Duly Enterprises in this country.
Talk by Brian Duly.

2nd April 2009
African Regiments.
Talk by David Rockingham-Gill.

7th May 2009
Civilian Gallantry Awards in Central Africa.
Talk by Dr. Bob Challis.

18th June 2009
Memorable Days in the Life of a Bush Doctor.
Talk by Dr. Colin Saunders.

17th September 2009
The Schools Exploration Society.
Talk by Alex Siemers and Peter de Bruijn.

29th November 2009
Bomber Harris.
Talk and film presented by Bill Sykes.

25th January 2010
The Rule family.
Talk by Dr. Bob Challis.

18th February 2010
The Anglo-South African War in Rhodesia and Bechuanaland (1899-1902).
Talk by Robert Burrett.

25th March 2010
Zambesi Mission.
Talk by Prof. Ray Roberts.

9th May 2010
The Kariba Hydro Electric Scheme.
Talk by Rob Beaton,
Fisheries.
Talk by Alan Harris.
Water Transport.

20th June 2010
REPS Theatre. Eighty years of REPS.
A visit to the theatre and talk by Stan Higgins and the REPS team.

22nd July 2010
The Greek Community in Zimbabwe.
Talk by John Travlos.

9th-10th August 2010
Rorke’s Drift and the Zulu War.
Talk by Rob Caskie.

9th September 2010
One hundred years of geologising in Zimbabwe.
Talk by Tim Broderick.

14th October 2010
The Life and Times of R. W. (Dick) Petheram.
Talk by Edone Ann Logan and  Jill Frow.

28th November 2010
Flight of the Silver Queen.
Talk by Brenda Brand and Bill Sykes.

27th February 2011
Transport routes and development of roads in Gazaland.
Talk by Marie de Bruijn.

AN EIGHT SPAN DONKEY CART IN CHIMANIMANI DISTRICT
(From Marie de Bruijn’s talk “Transport Routes in Gazaland”)

 

CROSSING THE SABI RIVER
(From Marie de Bruijn’s talk “Transport Routes in Gazaland”)

9th June 2011
The Life of Mrs. Muriel Rosin.
Talk by Ushehwedu Kufakurinani.

14th July 2011
Development of Air  Survey and Mapping.
Talk by Mike Ward.

22nd September 2011
The Fairbridge Child Immigration Scheme.
Talk by Frank Webster.

20th October 2011
Enkeldoorn/Chivu.
Talk by Athol Wormold.

10th November 2011
Louis Bolze and Books of Rhodesia  publishing.
Talk by Paul Hubbard.

27th November 2011
Mysteries of the Past.
Talk by Paul Stidolph.

26th January 2012
The Greek Community in Chinhoyi.
Talk by Peter Dilmitis.

23rd February 2012
Lake Kariba and the Tonga People.
Talk by  Dr. Chris Magadza.

17th May 2012
Italian Prisoners and Internees in World War II.
Talk by Emilo Cocchia.

7th June 2012
Computers and their Development in Zimbabwe.
Talk by Geoff Fairall.

28th June 2012
History of Golf in Zimbabwe.
Talk by John Kelly.

6th September 2012
Arthur Edward Maund.
Talk by Prof. Ray Roberts.

18th November 2012
The Crash of the Zimbabwe Dollar.
Talk by John Robertson.

7th February 2013
The place of suffering.
Talk by Paul Hubbard (At “120” in Bulawayo)

28th April 2013
Resettled Batonka People and Kariba Dam.
Talk by Ben Kaschula.

26th May 2013
The Centenary of Cleveland Dam.
Visit to the Dam and talks by Robin Taylor, Tony Alegria and Mark Hyde.

7th July 2013
Colonel Don Grainger.
Talk by Dr. Ines Grainger and Tim Tanser.

COLONEL DON GRAINGER'S SCOTS FATHER INVENTED THE BUFFER THAT WAS FITTED ONTO EARLY STEAM LOCOS, TENDERS, TRUCKS AND COACHES (Photo from Inez Grainger's HSZ talk "Don Grainger's Life")

COLONEL DON GRAINGER’S SCOTS FATHER INVENTED THE BUFFER THAT WAS FITTED ONTO EARLY STEAM LOCOS, TENDERS, TRUCKS AND COACHES
(Photo from Inez Grainger’s HSZ talk “Don Grainger’s Life”)

 

WWII – GENERAL MONTGOMERY INVITES DON GRAINGER TO BE A SIGNALS
OFFICER AT HIS TACTICAL HEADQUARTERS FOR THE INVASION OF ITALY
(Photo from Inez Grainger’s HSZ talk “Don Grainger’s Life”)

 

DON GRAINGER GIVEN THE TASK OF FORMING THE RHODESIA AND NYASALAND CORPS OF SIGNALS
(Photo from Inez Grainger’s HSZ talk “Don Grainger’s Life”)

 

COL. DON GRAINGER’S BOOK “DONT DIE IN THE BUNDU”
(Photo from Inez Grainger’s HSZ talk “Don Grainger’s Life”)

4th August 2013
The History of Tanganda Tea.
Talk by Jim Ward.

29th September 2013
Outward Bound.
Talk by Dave Meikle.

THE JACOB’S LADDER – A CHIMANIMANI OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL ACTIVITY
(From Dave Meikles talk “Zimbabwe Outward Bound”)

 

THE CHIMANIMANI OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL
(From Dave Meikles talk “Zimbabwe Outward Bound”)

 

A CORPORATE TRAINING COURSE AT OUTWARD BOUND, ZIMBABWE
(From Dave Meikles talk “Zimbabwe Outward Bound”)

24th November 2013
The Shangani Patrol.
Talk by Paul Hubbard (At “120” in Bulawayo).

26th January 2014
Women’s Advisers and Development Workers working in the Tribal Trust Lands and later Protected Villages during the Sixties and Seventies.
Talk by Maia Chenaux-Repond.

9th May 2014
Death of the Prince Imperial.
Talk by Mrs. Glen Flanagan.

1st June 2014
The Early Story of the Highlands, Harare, Estate of  Welmoed.
Visit to original residence of the van der Byl brothers with a talk by Meg Cumming.

3rd August 2014
Events in Central Europe leading to the First World War.
Talk by Prof. Ray Roberts.

31st August 2014
Events at Schuckmansburg in the Caprivi Strip and Revolt in South Africa. 1914/1915.
Talk by Robin Taylor.

5th October 2014
Three soldiers and a Nurse.
Talk by Dr. Bob Challis.

30th November 2014
A Month in the Life of Doctor David Livingstone.  Zambesi Expedition in the Kebra Basa Gorge.
Talk by Ron Henwood.

22nd January 2015
The Development of Museums in Bulawayo.
Talk by Paul Hubbard.

25th January 2015
“Print Works” in Harare.
A visit organised by John Tayler.

29th March 2015
The Life and Achievements of  W.M. (Bill) Irvine.
Talk by David Irvine.

17th May 2015
Mukuvisi Woodlands.
Visit organised by Robin Taylor.
Various talks by six speakers.

26th July 2015
The First thirty years of St. Georges College.
Talk by Brendon Tiernan.

14th August 2015
The Life and Career of Jan Christian Smuts.
Talk by Peter Baxter.

30th August 2015
Climbing the Highest Mountain on each of the seven Continents.
Talk by Mandy Ramsden.*

MANDY RAMSDEN AT THE TOP OF MOUNT EVEREST
(Photo from the HSZ talk “Climbing the Highest Mountain on each of the Seven Continents” by Mandy Ramsden).

13th September 2015
Shona People in the Harare Area in the 19th Century.
Talk by Jono Waters.

6th December 2015
The Ndebele State in Zimbabwe in the 19th Century.
Talk by Paul Hubbard.

7th February 2016
Murrays Column and its exploits on the Northern Rhodesia/Tanganyika border.
Talk by David Rockingham Gill.

13th March 2016
Kadoma through the Years.
Talk by Benny Leon.

31st March 2016
Steam Train Safari.
Film presented by Robin Taylor.

10th April 2016
A Survey of Nyanga Prehistory.
Talk by Paul Stidolph.

15th May 2016
The National gallery and its First Director, Frank McEwan.
Talk by Penny Kirkman.

26th June 2016
Supreme Gallantry Awards; Personalities, Anecdotes and Memorabilia.
Talk by Dr. Bob Challiss.

24th July 2016
Breaker Morant and Bulala Taylor.
Talk by Prof. Ray Roberts.

18th September 2016
The History of Coal in Zimbabwe.
Talk by Dr. Tony Martin.*

Albert Giese – hunter, trader and adventurer. Informed by the people from
the Hwange area of rocks that burn in 1894 and located them in 1895

 

Prominent Geologists involved with coal geology in Zimbabwe

 

Hwange No.1 Colliery. First Underground Shaft

 

A massive underground explosion thought to have been caused by the ignition of coal dust initiated by methane gas caused 426 fatalities in the Hwange No.2 Colliery, Kamandama Shaft on the 6th June 1972. After 4 days the rescue operation was abandoned when it became clear that nobody could have survived the blast and the shafts were sealed.

23rd October 2016
Letters from the Front.
Talk at the HSZ Annual Luncheon by John McCarthy

27th November 2016
Looking down on Africa.
Talk by Jack Robinson.*

JACK ROBINSON’S TALK – ZIMBABWEANS LOOKING DOWN ON AFRICA
(FROM THE TOP OF KILIMANJARO)

29th January 2017
The History of the Creation of Wealth.
Talk by John Robertson.*

THE ROMAN EMPIRE IN 117 AD

 

EUROPE CIRCA 1000 AD

 

JOHN CALVIN, 1509 to 1564
In 1545 Calvin sanctioned the charging on interest on loans, creating sources of capital for merchants and adventurers, and promoting the creation of better forms of security for those who had money
(From John Robertson’s talk ” The Creation of Wealth”

26th February 2017
The History of Relationships between Humans and Tsetse Flies.
Talk by Dr. Glyn Vale.*

AREA INFESTED WITH TSETSE FLIES (10 MILLION SQUARE KILOMETRES)
FROM DR. GLYN VALE’S TALK “HUMANS AND TSETSE FLIES”

 

FROM DR. GLYN VALE’S TALK “HUMANS AND TSETSE FLIES”

 

FROM DR. GLYN VALE’S TALK “HUMANS AND TSETSE FLIES”

 

RINDERPEST VIRUS – KILLED 90% OF CATTLE IN SOUTH AFRICA IN THE 1890’S
FROM DR. GLYN VALE’S TALK “HUMANS AND TSETSE FLIES”

 

FROM DR. GLYN VALE’S TALK “HUMANS AND TSETSE FLIES”

26th March 2017
The National Trust of Zimbabwe.
Talk at the HSZ AGM by Fira Bache.

28th May 2017
Fort Hill and the Hunters Road.
Outing to Hartley Hills organised by Charles Castelin.
Talk by Mike Tucker.*

FORT HILL WALLING (Photo by Charles Castelin at the HSZ Outing to Hartley Hills, 28 May 2017)

 

MIKE TUCKER (IN BLUE CHECKED SHIRT) TALKS TO MEMBERS OF THE HSZ
AT THE CHIMBO RIVER (THE END OF THE HUNTERS ROAD)
(Photo by Charles Castelin at the HSZ Outing to Hartley Hills, 28 May 2017)

 

THE GRAVE OF DERRICK HOSTE (BROTHER OF “SKIPPER” HOSTE) AT HARTLEY HILL
HEADSTONE ERECTED BY THE LOYAL WOMENS GUILD
(Photo by Charles Castelin)

25th June 2017
The History of Computers.
Talk by John Dawson.*

30th July 2017
Life on the Trek. Diary of the Steyn Trek from Craddock to Melsetter.
Talk by Marie de Bruijn.*

FROM MARIE DE BRUIJN’S TALK “LIFE ON THE TREK”

27th August 2017
The History of Poultry Showing in Zimbabwe.
A talk by Robin Taylor in his garden in Greendale, Harare.*

HSZ TALK BY ROBIN TAYLOR IN HIS GARDEN (27 AUGUST 2017)
“The History of Poultry Showing in Zimbabwe”

10th September 2017
The Centenary of the Death of Frederick Courtenay Selous.
Talk by Jono Waters.*

FREDERICK COURTENAY SELOUS – THE HUNTER
(FROM A TALK BY J. WATERS ENTITLED ‘THE CENTENARY OF THE DEATH OF F.C.SELOUS)

 

F.C. SELOUS – A SCOUT FOR THE 1890 PIONEER COLUMN
(FROM A TALK BY J. WATERS ENTITLED ‘THE CENTENARY OF THE DEATH OF F.C.SELOUS)

 

SELOUS (FRONT SEATED) LEADER OF H TROOPS OF BULAWAYO FIELD FORCE, MATABELELAND
(FROM A TALK BY J. WATERS ENTITLED ‘THE CENTENARY OF THE DEATH OF F.C.SELOUS)

 

GENERAL VON LETTOW VORBECK SURRENDERED AT MBALA (ABERCORN)
ON 25TH NOVEMBER 1918 TO END THE FIRST WORLD WAR
(FROM A TALK BY J. WATERS ENTITLED ‘THE CENTENARY OF THE DEATH OF F.C.SELOUS)

8th October 2017
Beatrice Mine. Visit to the mine organised by Charles Castelin.
Talk and tour of the mine by James and John Skinner.
Talk by Mike Tucker on the History of the Area with reference to the First Chimurenga.*

BEATRICE MINE NEW HEADGEAR
THE HSZ VISIT TO BEATRICE MINE ON 9 OCTOBER 2017
(Photo by Charles Castelin)

 

BEATRICE MINE IN 1920
FROM A TALK BY JAMES AND JOHN SKINNER DURING THE HSZ VISIT TO THE MINE

5th November 2017
Sport: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
Talk at the HSZ Annual Luncheon by Dave Westerhout.

3rd December 2017
Hugh Marshal Hole and his Matabeleland Stamp Currency Cards of 1900.
Talk by Robert Armstrong.*

HUGH MARSHALL HOLE (1865 – 1941)
SECRETARY TO THE ADMINISTRATOR – BULAWAYO
(From the talk by Bob Armstrong ” Hugh Marshall Hole and his Matabeleland Stamp
Currency Cards of 1900″)

 

STAMP CURRENCY CARD
(From the talk by Bob Armstrong ” Hugh Marshall Hole and his Matabeleland Stamp Currency Cards of 1900″)

 

STAMP CURRENCY CARD
(From the talk by Bob Armstrong ” Hugh Marshall Hole and his Matabeleland Stamp Currency Cards of 1900″)

 

HOUSE BUILT IN BULAWAYO FOR H. M. HOLE BY THE CHARTERED COMPANY
(From the talk by Bob Armstrong ” Hugh Marshall Hole and his Matabeleland Stamp Currency Cards of 1900″)

28th January 2018
Myths about the Ndebele State.
Talk by Prof. Ray Roberts.

25th February 2018
The History of Campfire and the Save Valley Conservancy.
Talk by Clive Stockhil.*

FOUNDER MEMBERS OF THE MAHENYE CAMPFIRE PROJECT RECEIVING AN AWARD
(CLIVE STOCKHIL ON THE LEFT)
(From the talk by Clive Stockil “History of the First Campfire Project in Zimbabwe”)

 

JOHN PUZI, LEGENDARY POACHER/HUNTER
(From the talk by Clive Stockil “History of the First Campfire Project in Zimbabwe”)

18th March 2018
The National Trust of Zimbabwe and its award in Bali.
Talk at the HSZ AGM by Sharon Waterworth.

20th May 2018
Sporting Quirks, Quidities and Fascinating Anecdotes.
Talk by Glen Byrom.

17th June 2018
A Trip Down Zimbabwe’s Gourmet Lane.
Talk by Llew Hughes.*

POCKET’S GRILL IN STANLEY ROAD (ORIGINALLY SITUATED IN MANICA ROAD) – THE FIRST RESTAURANT IN SALISBURY
(From the talk by Llew Hughes – A Trip Down Zimbabwe’s Gourmet Lane”)

 

THE BEEFEATER RESTAURANT IN HARARE
(From the talk by Llew Hughes – A Trip Down Zimbabwe’s Gourmet Lane”)

 

THE WORLD FAMOUS VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL
(From the talk by Llew Hughes – A Trip Down Zimbabwe’s Gourmet Lane”)

22nd July 2018
The History of Cinema in Zimbabwe.
Talk by Benny Leon.

9th September 2018
Factors relating to the breakup of the Federation and the impact.
Talk by Brooks Marmon.

30th September 2018
Climate Change. The Facts.
Talk by Dr. Tony Martin.

 

* Talks and Outings with photographs on the HSZ website.

R. TAYLOR AND C. CASTELIN

PAST CHAIRMEN HSZ, MASHONALAND BRANCH

 

CCLT/C:,ExtHD/CGAC/History Society/Website\HSZ Meetings. March 2005 to September 2018 (3) (R. Taylor & C. Castelin)

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