Swaziland Digital Archives - 1940's

1940 - 1950

Many officers who had fought in the War became settler farmers on virgin land as a reward for having fought the good fight. This was the ideal settler in British eyes. Coloureds who had fought in the War got permission to run bus services.

The British saw development purely in agricultural terms and started vast schemes like pine forests, cattle ranches and sugar plantations with the eventual aim of these being owned and run by the people of the country. They saw this as being in the distant future.

King George VI and his family visited the country in 1947 which was tarted up for the occasion - there was a spate of tree planting and the naming of things, but no lasting changes.

1940's photos

1930's | 1950's