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Kenya and the Outbreak of the Second World War

Kenya and the Outbreak of the Second World War How did Kenya settlers hear about the outbreak of the Second World War and how did they react? The radio of course alerted settlers to the outbreak of war on 3 September 1939, and able-bodied men rushed to join up, while...

Tea for Breakfast

About 1910 my father W.J. Dawson, known always as W.J., bought the Plains Dairy, that vast flatland where the Nairobi Airport is today. He and three other young Scotsmen had great times in the corrugated iron house he built there. The others were George Taylor, Will...

Climbing Mount Longonot

Soon after the outbreak of World War II we boarders from the Prince of Wales School were moved to the old Sparks Hotel at Naivasha because the military required our school building at Kabete for a military hospital. We boys regarded our time at Naivasha like a long...

A Kenya Heroine from World War II

A Kenya Heroine in World War II Phyllis (‘Pippa’) Ada Latour Doyle was awarded France’s highest honour, the Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur, on 25 November 2014, by the French ambassador to New Zealand. What prompted this gesture? An extraordinary story has emerged...

Salama Fikira Derby – April 12, 2015 – #SFkenyaderby2015

The Third Annual Salama Fikira Kenya Derby 2015 For the third consecutive year, Salama Fikira will be sponsoring the Kenya Derby on Sunday 12th April 2015 at the Ngong Racecourse in Nairobi, Kenya. The Kenya Derby is the biggest event of its kind in East Africa’s...

Donald Garvie and the First Cinema in Kenya

Donald Garvie and the first Cinema in Kenya Who were the Garvies and why did they come to the Uasin Gishu Plateau? The first white residents on the Plateau were the van Breda brothers – Bon, Dirk and Piet, who arrived in 1902. In the same year two more families...

Banker J C Shaw Encourages Eldoret to Develop

Banker J C Shaw Encourages Eldoret to Develop In 1912 Eldoret did not even have a name. It consisted of a few dukas (small shops), a bar, the District Commissioner’s house and a post office. It was called ‘Sixty-four’ by the few Boers and Britons who farmed in the...

Hamat – Just Another Refugee

Just Another Refugee   In the world today there are over 50 million refugees – people who have left their homes under catastrophic conditions and are struggling to survive in limbo without place or country. It is difficult for us to get our minds around the...

Cecil Hoey and Hoey’s Bridge (now Moi’s Bridge)

Arthur Cecil Hoey and Hoey’s Bridge (Moi’s Bridge)   One of the first white residents in the Trans-Nzoia region was Arthur Cecil Hoey. Who was Hoey? He was born in Wimbledon in 1883 and baptised on 12 October that year, the son of John Hoey and his wife Matilda...

Briton vs Boer: Educational Tensions in Trans-Nzoia

Merry Christmas, Everyone! Briton versus Boer: Educational Tensions in the Trans-Nzoia   After the Second World War, the British Government encouraged white settlers to go to the Trans-Nzoia area and Uganda. Of course this increased the number of children to be...

Poison of the Arrow by Iain MacDonald

Available now from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk Poison of the Arrow: A Tale of Quest & Survival by Iain MacDonald The world is changing. Kigusu the magnificent elephant whose great tusks and cunning have become whispered legend around the smoky fires of the African...

Early white settlers from Britain in Trans-Nzoia

  Early White Settlers from Britain in Trans-Nzoia   Mrs Gladys Hoey reached the plateau in 1913, arriving with her father in an ox wagon. Her future husband, Cecil, later a breeder of racehorses, had reached the Nzoia river in 1904 when on a hunting expedition....

World War I Battlefield Tour – Maktau Cemetery

World War I Battlefield Tour Taita Taveta August 2014 Part two Maktau Railway Station and Cemetery In August 2014 I travelled with my daughter Malindi and a group of Old Africa readers on a tour of World War I battlefield sites. James Willson acted as our guide. After...

The Founding of Kitale

There is a map of the Trans Nzoia area in 1908, which showed numerous potential farms delineated by metal beacons stuck in the ground. A survey had been done to encourage white settlers to come to the area. Kitale appeared as a rectangle three miles by two, but in...