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Dodoma

Dodoma was a small town in the centre of Tanganyika about 300 miles from the capital, Dar-es-Salaam.

 

In the colonial administration white expatriate government employees, like my Dad, were allocated government housing. These were typically spacious bungalows with servants quarters at the rear. This is our house in Dodoma.

 

 

Here is my Dad and his staff on the verandah of his office in Dodoma. He was assisted by an Indian clerk, an African typist and several African messengers/drivers.

 

 

My Mum taught in the Agakhan Girls School. In colonial Tanganyika schools were segregated by race: there were white only schools, schools for asian children (such as the Agakhan school) and schools for the African children. Very few African children went to school.

 

Here is a picture of the girls from the Agakhan School. My Mum is in the back row, fourth from the left.

 

My sister (second from left) and me (bottom right) are pictured on a picnic with some of the girls from the school. We were dropped off from a lorry in a remote dry river bed for the picnic. Unfortunately the lorry did not return when arranged and after it got dark we lit fires to keep away the hyenas while we waited till we were eventually picked up.

 

 

It was usual for Europeans to employ servants to help in the house. Here is my Mum sorting out the garden with our gardener or "Shamba Boy".

 

 

 

Afternoon tea on the verandah.

 

 

Our neighbours had built a pool in their garden. I am holding the fishing rod! In the fifties polio was endemic - my friend sitting on the side of the pool was affected.

 

 

Here is my brother in a pool/pond that my Dad made in our garden.

 

This is my sixth birthday in April 1956. I am the smug kid second from the right at the bottom.

 

Eventually my father was transferred to a new job in Dar-es-Salaam and we moved in 1957.