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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.

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