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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Botswana: my early years
Author:Cole, Ray
Periodical:Botswana Notes and Records (ISSN 0525-5090)
Geographic term:Botswana
Subjects:social life
autobiographies (form)
Abstract:The author recounts his childhood memories and early working years in the Bechuanaland Protectorate (B.P., now Botswana). He was born and grew up at an isolated farm 50 km northwest of Mafikeng, where his parents established a general dealer's store. While his parents moved to Serowe, the author completed his schooling in Bulawayo in 1939. In 1940 - still under 18 - he started work in the telephone department of the Southern Rhodesian (now Zimbabwean) Post Office. In 1944 he was transferred to Mahalapye in B.P., to take over responsibility for the maintenance of all telephone and telegraph communications in this country, a job which entailed a lot of travelling by train. He also describes two return trips to Botswana in 1948 and 1994, describing the changes that had occurred over the years. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]