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About the 1920's

 
409.  Baptism
1920's/30's
Photographer: Unknown    Photo Source: Dawson family

The Rev. William Dawson founded Florence Mission at Hluti for the Scandanavian Missionary Alliance, which was a hellfire and brimstone fundamentalist organisation. Here Rev. Dawson is practising total immersion baptism on a convert. Dawson was a gifted man, a fine photographer, keen astronomer and noted lecturer.
410.  Baptism
1920's/30's
Photographer: Unknown    Photo Source: Dawson family

The Rev. William Dawson founded Florence Mission at Hluti for the Scandanavian Missionary Alliance, which was a hellfire and brimstone fundamentalist organisation. Here Rev. Dawson is practising total immersion baptism on a convert, recorded as "Tom". Dawson was a gifted man, a fine photographer, keen astronomer and noted lecturer.
412.  Dawson oxwagon
1920's/30's
Photographer: Unknown    Photo Source: Dawson family

Oxwagons were the main means of transport for early settlers. Wagon routes crisscrossed the country, many land owners were (and are) obligated to provide outspan areas in their title deeds. Trips could be months long, meat was provided by shooting game, vegetables were often mushrooms grown in trays under the wagons.
413.  Dawson Cattle Dip
1920's/30's
Photographer: Unknown    Photo Source: Dawson family

For over a hundred years, cattle have been forced into swimming through tanks of poison to control ticks. Early tanks often used arsenic, slightly friendlier poisons are used today. This photo was probably taken in the 20's or 30's, but could be any time in the 20th century.
420.  Florence Mission Buggy
1920's/30's
Photographer: Unknown    Photo Source: Dawson family

Rev. Dawson out for a buggy ride. Florence Mission.
422.  Florence Mission Ehletsheni Kraal
1920's/30's
Photographer: Rev. Dawson    Photo Source: Dawson family

A traditional homestead at Ehletsheni.
423.  Florence Mission Ladder
1920's/30's
Photographer: Unknown    Photo Source: Dawson family

Rev. Dawson was a keen photographer, here he gets a little height for his composition, assisted by Alan Middleton.
425.  Florence Mission
1920's/30's
Photographer: Rev. Dawson    Photo Source: Dawson family

Florence Mission, near Hluti, photographed by its founder.
426.  Florence Mission Oxen Express
1920's/30's
Photographer: Rev. Dawson    Photo Source: Dawson family

Oxen were used to pull wagons and to plough. As late as the 1950's a team of good ploughing oxen was worth as much as a tractor. The small church in the background was built by Bill Dawson II at the age of fifteen.
428.  Generic Town
1920's/30's
Photographer: Rev. Dawson    Photo Source: Dawson family

Towns of the late 1880's to the 1920's were very similar. Many of the buildings were of corrugated iron. They were prefabricated and designed to fit into oxwagons. This suited the boom and bust spirit of the times, where town populations follwed news of the latest mineral strike. These houses are the equivalent of the American Sears houses.

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