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Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 7:31 PM
Subject: Please place this notice on the Mufulira home page

Northern Rhodesian Reunion
13th March 2009
Day Event
Brenjars Private Club, De Deur, Gauteng

Sophie Knoesen
082 744 2750


Shaun Germishuizen

Michael Kirwan and his family visited Mufulira in March 2008 - his photos are in the current gallery - if you wonder what some of your old friend's houses look like today, there are photos of Gashi Ave and Funda Ave, amongst others.

Sent: Monday, January 26, 2009 10:04 PM
Subject: Please place this notice on the Mufulira home page

To Whom it may concern.
I'm looking for my aunt Mrs. M.D. Dickson who lives in Mufulira.  She's over 80 and we haven't heard from her in a while, we only have her Box No. which is Box 40580, Mufulira, and there is no way of contacting her   If anyone can help I'd be very grateful.   My email is as above and my phone No. is 044 207 5115514 [London].
My address is 25 Wimborne House, 120 Victoria Dock Road,
Canning Town,
London E16 1HL
Best Regards,
Freda Joseph
[ex Mufulira 1960/1966]
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 2:28 PM
Subject: Please add my contact info to the Mufulira Contacts List

What a surprise finding this site. Good old Mufulira. Best times of my life. Please add me to your contact list. I was born in Mufulira 1951, went to Mary Moffat and Ross Ave schools. Left for South Africa in 1970. My name is Antoinette Visser (married name) Maiden name Antoinette Botha. My email is avisser@seda.org.za

Sent: Monday, September 01, 2008 7:08 AM
Subject: Please add my contact info to the Mufulira Contacts List
I would like to send you my new email address :
Mac & Anne McMaster nee Marshall
1948 - 1968 - Mac (emigrated to Zambia from R.S.A aged 10 years)
1940 - 1968 - Anne (Born in Mufulira)
0961 7 4773 3451
N/Qld Australia
Thank you
Mac & Anne
From: "Sara Lotto" <s.downham@lotto.demon.co.uk>
To: <contact@mufulira.co.za>
Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2008 2:01 AM
Subject: Please add my contact info to the Mufulira Contacts List

> My name is Sara Downham Lotto - maiden name Sara Downham. I lived in  Mufulira with my family from 1969-71. I currently live near Totnes in
> Devon, UK. My phone number is 01548 821 567, and my email address is: sara.downham@lotto.demon.co.uk

Sent: Monday, September 08, 2008 9:56 AM
Subject: Please add my contact info to the Mufulira Contacts List
I am kindly requesting to be added to the Mufulira Contacts List.
My full names are Derick Chitwila Siwila, I spent 24 yrs in my sweet home town Mufulira. I currently reside in the United States of America.
My email address: siwiladk@yahoo.com
Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.
Derick Siwila.
From: <philhaith@aol.com>
To: <contact@mufulira.co.za>
Sent: Sunday, September 21, 2008 9:09 PM
Subject: ex- Mufulira

> Hi there,
> Great website.
> I am the son of Bill & Jean Haith. We lived in Muf from 1966 to 1975.  It was the best time of my life.
> Last I remember we lived at 17 Quorn ave. I must return someday for a
> visit.
> Thanks for the memories.
> Phillip Haith   


Clive Victor Small 1940 Ė 2008

Late of Mufulira, South Africa and Australia

Died peacefully in his sleep on Monday 11th August 2008

Sadly missed by family and friends Ė daughter Vivian & grandson William

Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2008 10:25 AM
Subject: [?] Mufulira
I lived in Muf with my parents from 1953-1960 (they left in about 1972).
I came across the Mufulira website recently and was intrigued by the photos.
It seems there is still a strong 'ex-pat' presence in the town.
I wonder if any of my associates are still around or have migrated.
Anyone know the whereabouts of Bill Knott, Des Roberts, Ingrid (nee Letzler) ?
John Warburton
now in Wallingford, England 
Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 5:00 PM
Subject: [?] What a lovely surprise

Please would you add my information and contact details to your list and if possible the accompanying short notice.
Name: Kate Abbott nee Akerman;
Born 1950-left Mufulira 1957
Parents: Ray & Dulce Akerman
Email/Tel: Kate.Abbott@iafrica.com
Tel +27 21 438 1221

I would be most pleased if anyone can provide me with information/contact details for Chris Papadopoulos who also lived in Mufulira at that time that we did and who was a close friend of my parents.

Kind regards,

Sent: Friday, September 19, 2008 1:19 PM
Subject: Please place this notice on the Mufulira home page

Hi , My name is Bernard Goldring , I was born in Kitwe 1960 , youngest son of the late Ross Goldring .
I came accross this passage on the internet and WOW ,

" After Pam's wedding, as you might well remember, we traded the 1960 Ford Fairlane (EA 774) in to Ross Goldring Motors, for Mom's red Austin Mini 850, (NM 6669)...the deal was discussed at the wedding, when Ross Goldring approached dad, and asked him how he was going to pay for Pam's wedding...the largest in town, known to history..........Dad, obviously had enough time to ponder over the discussion, and it had obviously been in the back of his mind, as we had been road testing the very first Mini in Northern Rhodesia, the week before....Monday came, and before you could say Morris Minor, we had the first Mini 850 not sold to a garage in Northern Rhodesia, on 5 June 1961! NM 6669 was a bit of an icon, but knowing Dad's penchant for not keeping cars too long, six months passed all too soon and dad, with a bit of nudging from me, was now looking at the prospect of getting the "NEW" Mini Cooper...the first one in NR being Avocado Green and white. The deal between Ross Goldring and dad was soon struck, and without losing more than a pound or two, the red Mini, was quickly sold to the Padre at St Mary's, and we took delivery of the first Cooper in the country! Mom was not allowed to come to the "trade in" ceremony, but I do remember the chief mechanic at Goldring Motors showing me that one had to "drop" the bonnet, to avoid dents, and off we drove to present Mom with her new "present"." ) 

I would like to make contact with some of my Dad's old firends. My Mom Thora is , thank God, still with us and I am going to show her this site tonight and get her onto it as soon as possible. Who ever wrote the above should get hold of me I spent my childood at Goldring Motors and Cresent Motors !

I am on destino@global.co.za and cell +27824575155.

Warm regards Bernard

Sent: Friday, October 03, 2008 10:39 AM
Subject: [?] Where have they gone?

Morning Mufularians,

My name is Granger Ndebele and I live in the former Northern Rhodesia country , currently called Zambia. I was humbled when I came across a Website greatnorthroad.org. I currently live in Chililabombwe a Copper mining town not far from Mufulira. I at one time lived in Mufulira with my late cousin. My wife was born in Mufulira. I was born on the 15th of November 1964. My motherís twin brother went to  Mufulira High School in the late Sixties and early Seventies, there about. His name was Jackson Ndebele. This really makes me feel so nice because at one time when he visited us in Lusaka he showed us Photos of his class mates by then they were a lot of Pupils from White mining Families. His stories were so memorable and I still recall them to this day. I still imagine how nice that place  should have been. My hat off to you guys, you have the love of this place from deep down your Hearts. I have been a lover of History all my life. No one here in Zambia has been able to explain like the one you are doing about the facet of Northern Rhodesia during your time. Yes my uncle has explained but yours is state of the art because you are touching every corner of the world through your Website bringing back fond memories of the place like it was just like yesterday. Let me have replies from those that may receive this mail. BRAVO NORTHERN RHODESIANS. I work for an IT company called Business Connexion from South Africa and I work in Chingola. I have studied Telecommunications at the Copperbelt University. Am happily married with four children.



Sent: Friday, November 07, 2008 11:59 AM
Subject: Please add my contact info to the Mufulira Contacts List

Has anyone got any contact details for either a photographer in mufulira or anyone else for that matter who would be interested in helping me get pictures/video of the house I used to stay in from 1973-1975, even if i have to pay them to get it done, I have searched the web to no avail for information, my old address was 210 Jomo Kenyatta avenue, Mufulira.
Martin Clark

From: Carole Miles
To: contact@mufulira.co.za
Sent: Friday, November 14, 2008 11:28 PM
Subject: Please place this notice on the Mufulira home page

Just discovered this web site and would like to see if anyone remembers me or my family.

My parents were Ken and Mary Pickles and my father was D.C. in Mufulira from 1961 through until after Independance in 1994.

My name is Carole and my twin sister is Rosemary..."The Pickles Twins" and I have a brother Johnny.

If anyone does remember me I would love to hear from them.
I live in Canada and would love to hear from any one in the Toronto area.
My email address is kroli51@hotmail.com

Carole E Miles
Sent: Saturday, December 06, 2008 4:53 PM
Subject: newbee.
Myra Beattie, lived in mufulira from 1964-1971 spent two yrs at ross avenue primary school...... i year at mufulira high school.. then boarding school in south africa... nursing college in south africa, travel ++++ middle east, saudi and emirates working, am qualified theatre sister currently living in bermuda, e-mail address as follows...... gobellino2000@yahoo.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2008 4:01 PM
Subject: Cine Movie of Mufulira

Hi There

I am a South African from Amanzimtoti living in England.

Have just had a 34 min Cine Movie converted to DvD which I thought was our family cine.
It's turned out not to be our family, but a family from Mufulira (mid to late 1950's). Don't know how this cine got into my loft !
Disappointing for me, but perhaps a joy for people in your club.

It contains scenes of the town, cinema, public baths, schools, motor bike racing on a circular sand track, swimming at a waterfall, rugby match between black jersey's & Dark blue jersey's, Mechanics workshop, Airfield with Light aircraft VR-YNT & lots of family footage.

It seems to revolve around a family that owned a Vauxhall Velox reg NM-2444, a 6-year-old girl on a big red tricycle (Mom was dark haired, Dad was Sandy haired with spectacles). Other family members owned a sports car reg NC-2606.

Perhaps you could point me to the people that may want this DvD

Many Thanks

Chris Charlesworth

From: "Christine Skinner" <christinesk@telkomsa.net>
To: <contact@mufulira.co.za>
Cc: <ladyjean1950@hotmail.com>
Sent: Saturday, January 31, 2009 12:00 PM
Subject: Does anyone remember me?

> Hi - my maiden name was Whitton  - I lived in Muf from 1964 to 1967 and
> was headgirl at Muf High in 1966 - my opposite number was Patson Simfukwe
> (pity the photo in Gallery 12 only showed the head boys).
> My particular friends at school were Geraldine Niven (who married Martin
> Maas) and Jean Hedges (Hi Been - how are you?). I also remember Margie
> Evans who impressed me with her lovely petiteness - although only 5'1" myself, I
> always felt like a heffalump next to her! How are you Margie?
> Norman Skinner (also ex Muf) and I were married in Durban in 1970 and
> moved to Jo'burg in 1976. We divorced in 1982. It has really taken me down
> memory lane finding this site and I'd love to hear from anyone who was in Std 10
> at Muf High in 1966.
> Best regards
> Christine Skinner
> christinesk@telkomsa.net
> Tel (H): 011 476 7759
> Cell: 084 888 7770
Sent: Friday, January 02, 2009 9:59 PM
Subject: Kafue river flood in 1947/48 or early 50s'

Hi. I am looking for info regarding this flood. I remember going across the kafue bridge on the school train (heading south) at night with the water swirling just below us. Can't remember the exact year.  
The bridge had to be raised several feet above the river. Thanks, Bill Norrie.  Born in Muf 1938
Sent: Saturday, November 15, 2008 11:37 PM
Subject: Contact details
Surname : Denmead
Firstname: Richard
lived and born in mufulira 1975-1993
Live in UK now
tel 07919595870
Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2008 10:43 AM
Subject: Fertig
We were good friends of the Fertigs, Rex and Nina for many years in Broken Hill.  Nina lives on the south coast of Kwa Zulu Natal, where I am not sure.  She married someone called Bob, Bob I don't know who!
Rex passed on five or six years ago after living a very eventful life all the while in Mufulira.
Ricky and Jacky Fertig have made big names for themselves in business here in Johannesburg.
Sacha Fertig was killed in a really bad motor cycle accident and the baby I have no knowledge of at all.
Search "fertig" and it will give you details to contact Ricky and Jacky
Good luck  
Cecil Armstrong
Sent: Saturday, December 06, 2008 9:01 PM
Subject: Please add my contact info to the Mufulira contactslist
Hi my name is Alan Carter I lived in muf in 1951 retuned to the U K in 1954
 I returned to muf in 1957 and left for good in 1960 I was 19
my father worked on the mine his name was george my mother`s name was mabel
I have a sister val and another bev also a brother geof, bev and geof both born at the local hospital
We lived at 128 L ave moved to C 26 then to J 108
looking at the photos I recognised a number of people from those days
I am now 68
When I found the site , I was looking on google maps to find out how far it was from muf to Capetown
 1600 miles we drove down in the car ,I would not do it again.
The site is like a time capsule, very nostalgic
Regards Alan.
Sent: Saturday, February 07, 2009 11:23 AM
Subject: Please place this notice on the Mufulira home page

Hi my name is Sharon and I have a sister called Avril.  We were the 2 daughters of Pat & Marie (Maria) Cronin.  My dad worked on the Council as a Plumber and was a member of the Buffalo Club in Mufulira.  My mom and dad also ran the bar at the club and my mom also worked in the kitchen of the mine club.

Avril and I would love to be in contact with old friends of our mom & dad's and ours.  We both went to St Dominic's Convent then left for High School in SA.

Tel:  +27 (0) 11 706 3382
Mobile:  +27 (0) 82 922 2678
Email:  dtp@telkomsa.net

Sent: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 10:37 AM
Subject: Please add my contact info to the Mufulira Contacts List
Names - Nikolas & Jeanne Rhodes (& Tyler & Tristan)
e-mail nikjeanner@yahoo.co.uk
Living in Johannesburg
We lived in Mufulira from Dec 2002 to Dec 2008.
PLUS, Nikolas was born and lived in Mufulira from birth on May 1965 to Dec 1966.


Nikolas Rhodes
From: "ivan beal" <ivan8renee@googlemail.com>
To: <contact@mufulira.co.za>
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2008 7:39 PM
Subject: benjamin henderson

> dear mufulira club
> my name is ivan beal i was at saint charles college pietermaritzburg.
> there were quite a few boys from mufulira at saint charles.
> in my class there was a boy named benjamin henderson. i imagine he
> would be around the same age as me. i was born in november 1940. our
> class graduated matric in 1958.
> i am wondering of any of your members would have known benjamin or his
> family and if so, if there is anyone who knows where he might be now?
> kind regards
> ivan Beal
> london
> england
> 00+442084447588
From: D Jones
Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 5:54 AM
Subject: Please add my contact info to the Mufulira Contacts List
Hi there, not sure if you can help me, I have just found a photo of the Mufulira Soccer Team 1946, in the photo are my grandfather, Harry Cherer Sayer, my uncles Harry and Norman Sayer and my father Conrad Albert Guy Sayer, I would be grateful if anyone could supply me with any photos or stories of any of my family, they have all passed away and I am trying to build a Family History for my children. My grandfather was killed in a mining accident in 1954 but I can't find any info about it. My father also worked for Muf Copper mine
Many thanks,
Diana Jones (nee Sayer) dijones@xtra.co.nz
From: <bridgetmacewan@yahoo.co.uk>
To: "The Mufulira Club"
Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2009Subject: RE: Re: Bob Mc'Ewan

Hi. I am trying desperately to find an ex-miner, Bob Macewan who must be in
his 70's by now.

Please itís very important.  My number is +260977879850

Thank you,
Ms Evelyn Simmons

From: Di Jones
Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 10:53 AM
Subject: Finding Family

Hello there,

I am trying to find any information on my family. We lived in Mufulira for many years from the 1940ís to the 1970ís, our surname is Sayer, Iím hoping someone can give me some information on my grandfather Harry Sayer, he was killed in a mining accident in Mufulira in about 1954, but I canít find any information on the accident. If any one has any info I would be really grateful.

Many thanks
Di Jones (nee Sayer)

Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2009 2:05 AM
Subject: Please place this notice on the Mufulira home page
I've just found this site and have spent the last 4 hours scanning through it. I found the attached Message and would love to touch base with Sandy Hannah, unfortunately his daughter didnít leave a contact address or number. I shared a house (57 Hombwe) with Sandy for 2 years 1976-78 and we organised the Mufulira Folk Club then. Can anybody help?

Andy Simpson (andresimpson@tiscali.co.uk or +44 (0)1493.62277).

"Date: 20 April 2004
Time: 07:57 PM

I lived in Mufulira from 66ish - 75. My father is Sandy Hannah, and my mother Margaret. We lived in Mulilansolo Ave, round the corner from Carol and Jim Smith, they lived in Samfia Ave. I went to Eastleigh Primary, but I went to Mrs Allen's nursery in Samfia Ave. I remember the disco's at the Buffs Club, and Tommy Tuckers, toasted cheese and a coke special and the dairy maid at the top shops I remember going shopping at Zcbc's in Ndola and going to St Peter's in Bulawayo. I remember coming home from school and they had a new cafe called Jumbo's. Does anyone else have childhood memories of special shops.

Sent: Monday, January 26, 2009 10:04 PM
Subject: Please place this notice on the Mufulira home page
To Whom it may concern.
I'm looking for my aunt Mrs. M.D. Dickson who lives in Mufulira.  She's over 80 and we haven't heard from her in a while, we only have her Box No. which is Box 40580, Mufulira, and there is no way of contacting her   If anyone can help I'd be very grateful.   My email is as above and my phone No. is 044 207 5115514 [London].
My address is 25 Wimborne House, 120 Victoria Dock Road,
Canning Town,
London E16 1HL
Best Regards,
Freda Joseph
[ex Mufulira 1960/1966]
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2009 9:11 PM
Subject: [?] Please add my contact info to the Mufulira Contacts List

It would be great if you can please add my name and contact details to the Mufulira Contact list.
I was Jackie Shaw and am now married to Sydney Green.  My e-mail address is jackie.green@iburst.co.za  My mobile is 082 562 2618. 
I was born in Mufulira in 1949 and stayed there till 1961 when we moved down to South Africa.  I last went to Ross Avenue Primary School where I completed Standard 5 in 1961.
My mother was Hettie Shaw and she taught Maths and Science at the Mufulira High School.  She also taught at the Mufulira Primary School and lastly at the Mary Moffat Preparatory School just before we left.  She passed away in 1992.
My father was Les Shaw and he was a fitter & turner and also did many other jobs on the mine and also Old Bill of the MOTH Club for many years.  He passed away in 1990.
My sister was Dorothy Shaw.  Unfortunately she also passed away in 2005.
Sent: Saturday, February 28, 2009 4:54 PM
Subject: [?] Please place this notice on the Mufulira home page

Thank you so much for a wonderful website.  I was absolutely thrilled when I came across it on the internet.  I have made a donation of R50 into your bank account, I hope this helps to keep it going!  I have had so much fun looking up folk I knew in my childhood up there in the 1950's and early 1960's.
However, I only managed to find a few and unfortunately the e-mail addresses seem to be out of date.  I was trying to get in touch with  Melanie Wilson (nee Small) - loved the photo of her on the website, but could not reach her at melwilson@rogers.com.  I also tried to get hold of Lorna Louw (nee Calitz) at lornalo@earthlink.net, but unfortunately was also not able to.  Do you perhaps have updated contact details for them.
Other folk I would love to get in touch with are:  Roslyn Brown, Ann Harker, Wendy Chappell (nee Beard), John Ramsey, Ian Phimister, Alan  Ferreira, Cheryl Ferreira, Richard Hearn.
I stay on the West Rand in Johannesburg now and will be going up to Zambia at the beginning of April to attend my cousin Victor Bradbury's son John's wedding in Lusaka.  (Victor's parents were Olga and Jack Bradbury.  She was a nursing sister at the Malcolm Watson Hospital.  She was my mother's youngest sister.  Both of them passes away in Mufulira.) 
I will then go back with them to Kitwe and I will make a trip to Mufulira to revisit all the old happy memories of my childhood there.  I would be very happy to take any photos of anything particular that any ex-Mufulirian would like.
I was at Ross Avenue Primary School until the end of 1961 when I completed Standard 5.  We then left Muf and came down to South Africa.
My mother Hettie Kirsten and father Les Shaw were married in Mufulira on 5th April 1945.  See attached picture.  My sister Dorothy and I were born there in 1947 and 1949 respectively.
My mother was a maths and science teacher and taught at the Mufulira High School, the Mufulira Primary School and just before we left, due to a shortage of teachers she taught at the Mary Moffat School.
My father Les Shaw was a fitter & turner on the mines, but was for many years Old Bill of the Last Post Shellhole in Mufulira.  When he was not Old Bill, he always took an active part in the MOTHS.
I have a few photos of folk up there and will try and scan them in and send them to you.
Thank you once again for a superb website.  It has given me a lot of joy just going through it.
Kind regards
Jackie Green (nee Shaw)
082 562 2618


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