Swaziland Digital Archives: Decades: 1960's

About the 1960's

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1960
Box Houses
Photographer: George Murdoch
Source: George Murdoch

Photo No. 319


"Box" houses at Bhunya.

1960
Colonial Air
Photographer: George Murdoch
Source: George Murdoch

Photo No. 284


Left to right, the Director of Agriculture, Jock King, Tony Venn and King Sobhuza II look at the future cane fields of Mhlume.

1960
Forestry Landscape
Photographer: George Murdoch
Source: George Murdoch

Photo No. 335


Forestry was fashionable when land seemed endless, before the population explosion of the 70's and 80's. The dehydrating effects of the trees had not been fully appreciated at the time either. From Emlembe looking north, towards Makhonjwa range, Peak Timbers.

1960
Grass strips 3
Photographer: George Murdoch
Source: George Murdoch

Photo No. 337


The grass strip project designed to reduce erosion resulted in ladscapes like this, the Muweni valley, below.

1960
Health Lecture
Photographer: George Murdoch
Source: George Murdoch

Photo No. 340


Extension officers were sent out to educate people on the benefits of hygiene, education, good diet, etc. Here is Mildred Malie (a Zulu like many of the early junior civil servants, there were not enough educated Swazis) lecturing on the benefits of eating vegetables.

1960
Kilts and Dog
Photographer: Jock King
Source: George Murdoch

Photo No. 348


Climbers at the top of the highest mountain in Swaziland, Emlembe. Back row, left to right, Francois King, George Murdoch, middle row Anthony King Eunice Murdoch, Josephine the dog is in front.

1960
Secretariat
Photographer: George Murdoch
Source: George Murdoch

Photo No. 386


The British ran their administration with a few highly educated men with the ability and power to make decisions. (They also had to take responsibility for them.) The result was that they were able to effectively run the whole country from this building, the Secretariat, in Allister Miller St, Mbabane

1960
Sled
Photographer: George Murdoch
Source: George Murdoch

Photo No. 303


The Swazis had not invented the wheel and sleds were still common in the fifties and sixties. This one has sides, which was unusual. Taken near Mahamba.

1960
Towela drift
Photographer: George Murdoch
Source: George Murdoch

Photo No. 408


Huw and Barbara Jones in their Zephyr at Towela drift, between Mankayane and Gege. Huw Jones spent the next thirty years researching the history of Swaziland and published the definative work on the subject "A Biographical Register of Swaziland to 1902". Over 4000 people who left traces in Swaziland before 1902 are listed alphabetically, cross referenced and sources are given.

1960
Trelawny Park
Photographer: George Murdoch
Source: George Murdoch

Photo No. 327


Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital in the background

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