Gatooma

Prosperous Midlands Town

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Gatooma is the centre of a rich mining and agricultural district.  It obtained municipal status in 1917. It lies at an altitude of 1 162m and its population at the 1969 census totalled 20 940 of which 1 879 were Europeans and 18 740 were African.  Fabric weaving on a large commercial scale, based on the locally grown cotton, is an important industry.

Speck's Hotel, Gatooma 1919

Speck's Hotel in 1919

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Mail train at Gatooma Station 1919

Mail train at Gatooma Station, 1920

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Gatooma Post Office and War Memorial in 1926

Above: A view of the post office and war memorial in 1926.

 

Gatooma in 1940

A view of Edward Street, as in the next photo, taken 25 years later.

Note how the newly planted trees have grown since!

Gatooma - Golden Jubilee celebrations 1967

In 1967 the town celebrated its golden jubilee as a municipality.

The picture, taken from the tower of the Town House, shows a flypast of R.R.A.F. aircraft

over a Guard of Honour provided by the Rhodesia Light Infantry. 

(Click on the picture for a larger image)

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Town House - Gatooma

The Town House facing Edward Street.

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Gatooma promotional advert 1919

Gatooma promotional advert 1919.

(Scheelite is an ore of tungsten)

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