Bulawayo

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Main Street, Bulawayo looking South, 1928

F                                                                                                                                     From a photograph by Edwin A. Payne

Main Street, Bulawayo looking South, 1928

This photo was taken from a position just beyond the Rebellion Monument which is seen in the picture below from 27 years earlier.

Bulawayo was Rhodesia's largest town/city for more than 50 years; only being overhauled by Salisbury in the 1940s.

There is much to record about this historic city which was founded in 1893 at the location of the kraal of the last Matabele King: Lobengula.

This page will display a selection of items of interest as time permits.

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Main Street, Bulawayo c 1901

                                                                                                                                                                                      Photo by T.D.Ravenscroft, Rondebosch

Main Street, Bulawayo c 1901

Although undated, it must be after 1900 when the Rebellion Memorial was erected.

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Rebellion Memorial under construction in Bulawayo, 1900

The Rebellion Memorial under construction in Bulawayo, 1900.

The monument was designed by W. Douslin and constructed by Messrs. Sherriff & Burgbacher.

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The Rebellion Memorial in Bulwayo c 1903

                                                                                                     Photo by T.D.Ravenscroft, Rondebosch

The Rebellion Memorial in Bulawayo c 1904

The quality of some of the early photography is really excellent and, by clicking the link above,

a high resolution scan may be seen (click the resulting picture a second time to view).

This will enable you to read the names on the visible plaques detailing those who lost their lives.

The main inscription reads:

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TO THE MEMORY OF

THOSE 259 PIONEERS OF CIVILIZATION

WHO LOST THEIR LIVES DURING THE

MATABELE REBELLION  AD 1896

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The empty plinth was designed for, or certainly begged, the erection of a finishing artifact.

In due course, and for a short time, this was provided in the form of a lion which, however,

was widely considered to be rather puny for such an important memorial.

A few years later it was replaced by a Gardner Gun which had seen action at the Battle of Bembezi

in 1893 as well as during the 1896 rebellion.

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.Bulawayo Rebellion Monument c 1914

Bulawayo Rebellion Monument c 1914

with the Gardner Gun now in place.

Click the link to get a closer view.

Photo by Lennon & Co

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As the above photo even when expanded is not as clear as the earlier one, here are the names which appear on the above plaque. .

Some of the names of the dead shown on the Bulawayo Rebellion Monument.

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Main Street, Bulawayo at sunrise, 1926

                                                                                                                                                                                                     From an Oil Painting by T.H. Bryant.   

MAIN STREET, BULAWAYO, AT SUNRISE.

The view above shows Main Street in 1926 with the Rebellion Memorial in the foreground and John Tweed's statue of Cecil Rhodes beyond.

A similar view little more than 30 years earlier would have shown but wild bush country.

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The Rebellion Memorial looking north along Main Street, Bulawayo c 1910

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The Rebellion Memorial looking north along Main Street, Bulawayo c 1910

This view to the north is not so often seen as those looking south.

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