Monday, 25 January 2010

Rhodesian postcards: Gatooma Town House

Post card of the Town House in Gatooma, Rhodesia.

This postcard was part of a range of cards sold through Haddon & Sly in
Salisbury, no date stamp or indication of production date. Only data on the
back says "Copyright reserved, ATELIER, Salisbury"

Click Here for further information on Gatooma

Thanks to Diarmid Smith for sharing his memories with ORAFs.



At 2 February 2010 at 20:06 , Blogger Rhodesia Remembered said...

Doug Palframan Writes:-

I have just seen your postcard of what is described as the Gatooma Town House.
In fact the right hand section is the Magistrates Court offices and Clerks of Court offices and the left hand section is the District Administrator's offices ( used to be the DC in that far-away time when logic still prevailed.)

I occupied the top right hand office in 1980 as Provincial Magistrate and I enjoyed many a cold Lion Lager on the balcony which juts out and overlooks the holding cells on the extreme right. Fortunately I was out of view of the inmates, who I liked to think regarded me as a fair Judge, of temperate habits and moderate taste (in other words a typical Umtali Boy) until I found out that my nickname in the cells was "Ma Penga". Not quite sure why.
I was the only one with a key to the clock tower and I made use of this privilege whenever a visiting dignitary arrived and once or twice when I was in soporific mode.

Believe it or not the powers that be have recently re-painted it and from the outside and it remains a wonderful old building, full of history and character. The inside is tatty but still in working order.

At 21 October 2010 at 04:05 , Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 21 October 2010 at 04:46 , Blogger Katie said...

I have so much interest with old architecture. I am very fascinated of the simplicity and the wildness of the creator's imagination. This townhouse speaks of simplicity and elegance like my lake house at Grand Lake. Oklahoma Homes for sale open a great opportunity for my family to have our own house. Simple and elegant like this townhouse.

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