By Alan Megahey
While Peterhouse opened in 1955, the British Empire in Africa was once nonetheless intact and the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland - with its excessive hopes and fears - had simply come into being. It was once a boarding tuition based at the British version, yet to ensure that it'll 'adapt all that's most sensible within the Public institution culture to African conditions'.For 50 years, in Rhodesia after which in Zimbabwe, its governors and employees have tried to do this, and feature visible it develop from a boys' tuition of 350 to a bunch of colleges teaching over one thousand boys and girls.But the tale of Peterhouse is not just approximately paintings and game, song and drama, chapel, construction advancements and syllabus adjustments. it's set within the context of academic improvement and political switch in a Southern African country.This background of the college exhibits the way it grew to become a pioneering multi-racial establishment in 'white Rhodesia'; shared the sufferings of the rustic in the course of the 'bush war'; accelerated tremendously within the new Zimbabwe, survived the contradictions of a black 'Marxist' executive, and has saved its enterprise dedication to being a 'Church School'.
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It was almost a year since Snell in Natal and the Committee in Salisbury had come up with this figure, though of course - as is the way in these matters - by 1957 it was clear that the cost of the buildings and equipment would be nearer £550,000. 68 However the fund-raising was going well, and by the time the foundation stone was laid in July 1954, nearly £250,000 had been promised or received. The biggest single donor was the British South Africa Company and its various offshoots, which thanks to the efforts of Ellis Robins had donated £5,000 and had promised loans (redeemable at 5% in 20 years but never redeemed) of £80,000.
Megahey, A School in Africa © Alan Megahey 2005 G E T T I N G STARTED Beit Trust grants amounted to £45,000 spread over the years 195458. Underlining the school's role within the Federation as a whole, the Northern Rhodesian government had given a loan of £25,000 and the various copper belt mining companies donated some £10,000. Shell, Gallagher's, Barclays Bank and the Standard Bank, the Rhodes Trust and Tanganyika Concessions Ltd had donated a combined total of £16,550. If some of these sums seem small by modern standards, an updating of them is instructive.
Hammond did not want a Church school; he thought that sectarian divisions were the bane of the modern world. Yet early on (in mid-1952) he agreed to suspend his efforts and throw his weight (with reservations) behind what was by then known 19 A S C H O O L IN A F R I C A as Peterhouse. Finally, and most crucially for Snell, there was the great desire by Paget and the Ruzawi Board to see a senior Church school open as soon as possible. Despite some disagreements and hiccups, it was the combination of Fred Snell and the Ruzawi plan - backed by Bishop Paget - which saw the creation of Peterhouse.