Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Those Were The Days

Those Were The Days - Short book self-published on the web by Trevor Hemans: "Some of the incidents and experiences in the life of a District Commissioner in Rhodesia and Zimbabwe between 1946 and 1981."

From the site:

I have attempted in this little book to record some of the incidents and experiences in the life of a District Commissioner in Rhodesia and Zimbabwe during the 36 years between 1946 and 1981, which saw the phasing out of the colonialist era and the coming into being of the new nation of Zimbabwe. It is in no way a technical book and I have attempted to record all facets of a District Commissioner's life in as entertaining a way as possible without digressing in an erudite manner into the realms of ethnology, law and custom. I have tried to be as non-controversial as possible, because I live in Zimbabwe and have my loyalty to Zimbabwe.

For the benefit of my readers who are not familiar with the new names of various districts, towns and rivers, I have in most cases retained the old names. From a chronological point of view, I should have used the word "Native Commissioner" for events up to 1962 and "District Commissioner" thereafter, but that would have been most awkward and so I have used "District Commissioner" throughout except where it is necessary from the context to use the former version.

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