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The GNR "Boma"

The "Boma" is where you will find the stories (true and otherwise), pictures, and other information submitted by members for publication.


Living as I do now, in one of the most populous states of the USA, a very different life from before, some time ago I started jotting down my memories, mostly for my son, and if they are interested, my nieces and nephews.

I started because I realized that their lives are so totally different from the one I enjoyed as a kid. The funny thing about doing this is that one or two of them have been published, and well received by many with the exception of my family. The stories roused considerable argument about this detail or that. We mostly agreed on the main points, but we could argue about the details forever.

My point is this, your memories are yours alone, no one else has them. Write them down for your kids, or for yourself even. And when you do, the best you can do is write them as you remembered them. Accuracy is too hard to come by at this stage!

My father had a hundred wonderful stories that we loved to hear. I took my son, who is now four, to meet his grandfather, and none of the stories are there anymore. My Dad is losing his memory. I would start a story, and he would listen as if it were the first time he heard it, instead of having lived it.

Now I am left trying to write his stories. The way I remembered them is at best, very incomplete. My point is this - get on computer, or get a pen, or get a tape recorder, and record some of your wonderful stories, for yourself, for your families, for your kids, for your grandkids, for anyone, just do it! (p.s. - keep old photos where you can too!).

The old Northern Rhodesia we knew just does not exist anymore, and never will again. There is still a wonderful land there, but, for most of us, it no longer carries our footprints, though we carry its imprint in our souls. Dont let it disappear completely!

Marion Murphy November 2001

Lists of Categories and Articles

Until things are better organised and categorised, we'll leave the entire list of articles here. As the database grows, however, that won't continue to be feasible, but the organisation and categorisation should take care of that.

"Friends" in our lives...and to all a good nightA Croc's Tail
A Foul DemiseA Night to RememberA Sea of Smiling Humanity
Adventure at Uchi Slimes DamAfrikaans challengedAlice in Wonderland
ArticlesAskarisBalovale Indaba by Johnny Green
Bands from Mufulira ~ 60's and 70'sBarbara Brock's Kitwe PhotographsBath Bash - December 2000
Beit Hostel, March 2001Birth of the GNRBlack Mamba
Broken Hill KGV1 1964 First Team CricketBroken Hill KGV1 1964 First Team RugbyBroken Hill Old Timers 1951-2
Broken Hill Rugby Team 1970/71Broken Hill Trust School - circa 1976CAA Dakota
CID gang at Nkana-Kitwe 1962Camping in Northern RhodesiaCape Town Sundowner - November 2000
Chase Me ComradeChiawa Pontoon - Kafue RiverChibuluma Rugby Football Club 1967
Chililabombwe - 2001Chililabombwe / Bancroft PhotographsChingola - 2001
Chingola Reunion May 2001 - BC CanadaChingola Scout JamboreeChristmas 1952
Codrington 1956Comets and Livingstone Airport
Convent GirlsCopper Bonus sets the PaceCopper Dust and Other Gleamings
Copperbelt Rainy SeasonCotton Reel TractorCourting in the Tumbuka Tribe
Crossing Africa by MotorboatDaisy DiscoDixon Family's Arrival on the Copperbelt
Down on the FarmDuly Motors - KitweEarly Broken Hill Photographs
Early Days of KaribaEarly days Kitwe photographsEastern Province Trip - 2002
EffieFireman in AfricaFireman in Africa - Chapter 2
Fireman in Africa - Chapter 3First Day at Mufulira MineFishing at Kasaba Bay
Foundation of a dreamGary Brassington's 21st PartyGauteng Gathering
Getting a Head on the JobGhosts in the bushGilbert Rennie - 1962
Gilbert Rennie Swimming Team 1960Glossary of ChikabangaGoing back into the Past - Part 1
Great North Road Hotel - PietersburgGrowing up in Nkana-KitweHallo on the Harbour
Hello Out ThereHistorical Notes on Northern Rhodesia
Home of the Croaking FrogHomelandHot in Chirundu
International School of Lusaka YearbookJavelins at NdolaJean Rennie Athletics Team 1961
JesseJilly's Namibia Trip 2007Journey Along the Great East Road
Journey from Victoria Falls to the CopperbeltJune Bohl's Picture Postcards - Kitwe
Kabwe (Broken Hill) - 2001Kabwe (Broken Hill) PhotographsKabweluma Falls
Kafue National Park 2002Kafue River near MpongweKasama Photographs
Kasenji Primary 1960's Aerial PhotographKeeping an Eye on ThingsKitana Track
Kitwe - 2001Kitwe Band "Paper Lace" 1973 to 1975Kitwe Band Memoirs
Kitwe Boys' High School Magazine PhotographsKitwe Convent – 1963Kitwe Function
Kitwe Little Theatre Programmes 1963-4Kitwe Playing Fields Beer MatchKitwe Primary Netball Team circa 1965
Kitwe and the Old Mine ClubLake Kashiba and Ndola's Sunken Lakes
Lake Tanganyika - 2002Last of the MohicansLast sight of Zambia
Learn Bemba from a Tee ShirtLearning to Swim at the Rhokana PoolLefty (Lefthed) Kafunda
Let there be LightLetter from Lusaka -- May 1952
Life BouyLions at ChisambaLivingstone - Jet Setting Capital of Northern Rhodesia
Livingstone PhotographsLlewellyn High School - NdolaLollipop Specials
Long Snakey StoryLuanshya - 2001Luanshya Dominican Convent class of 1952
Luanshya Junior School under 12's and 14's - 1954Luanshya PhotographsLuanshya Primary School Standard 4A 1956
Luanshya Primary School Standard 4b 1956Luanshya Primary std2 1953Luapula Ferry Crossing - 1973
Lundazi CastleLusaka - October 2001Lusaka Bands
Lusaka Convent - 1964Lusaka Harlequins Rugby Team 1965Lusaka Photographs
Lusaka Police Hockey TeamsLusaka School Register 1925Lusaka and Kafue
Lusaka from the Grain TowerMail Train
Maningi MangosMarymount CollegeMealtime Memories
Memories of MufuliraMemory of Old Lusaka (The Doctor)Memory of Old Lusaka (The Undertaker)
Mindola Dam - 2001Mkushi River HotelMore Testy Tsetse Flies
Mufulira - 2001Mufulira - 25 Year ClubMufulira Caledonian Society Pipe Band
Mufulira Mine ReportMufulira Mining DisasterMufulira Photographs
Mufulira Primary 1951Mufulira Sign PainterMurundu Halls
Musos Reunite in Durban in 2002Muther's ConventionMutwe-wa-Nsovu
Mwambeshi MemoriesNRP - Early '50'sNRP - Observation Tests
NRP Group PhotographsNchanga PhotographsNchanga v Zambia Airways
Ndola 2002 School ReunionNdola Class Photo – 1964Ndola Gran Prix
Ndola PhotographsNdola Police: Early 1950sNdola Wanderers Rugby Team
New Rhoanglo BuildingNkana-Kitwe PhotographsNkana Skelms
Nkana in the Thirties and FortiesNkhwazi (Northern Rhodesia Police Magazine)No flies on us !!!
Northern NewsNorthern News 1931Northern Rhodesian Athletics Team 1949
Northmead SchoolNyasaland and all ThatOh Please Daddy
Olden days in Nkana by June BohlOn Safari - 1952Opening of St. John’s Convent, Kitwe - March 25, 1955
Operation NoahOscar, Bravo, PapaOur Kitwe Umfazi in Texas
Our Man in ReykjavikOur Man in the Great White NorthPWD Staff - Lusaka - Early 1960's
Photograph Album - Bill MilesPhotograph Album - Billy LaingPhotograph Album - Dave Cooper
Photograph Album - David HounsellPhotograph Album - David McEwenPhotograph Album - Dawn Smith
Photograph Album - Esther PetterssonPhotograph Album - George LazarevicPhotograph Album - Iain Swan
Photograph Album - Ivan LusicPhotograph Album - Jacqui PeacockPhotograph Album - Jane Chappell
Photograph Album - Nicky KontouPhotograph Album - Philip PainPhotograph Album - Stephen-James Murray
Pioneering Rock & RollersPostcards from on board the Union Castle LinePrince Charles School - Nkana
RailRhodwinsRoad Memories of an Old Traveller: Jack Purvis
Romance Renewed on the RoadRough arrival at NdekeRoyal Visit 1957
Russian SpiesRyegate AntoineSan Tropez
Sarlem MentholSaturday at the Rhokana Cinema
Scarborough SkellemScottish Connexion from the RepublicScouting in Lusaka
Siavonga, March 2001Sir Arthur Benson - May 1954Snake in the Yard
Snakes AliveSpear fishing in the ZambeziSpringbok Kills Lion
St Johns Convent 1953-54St John’s Convent PlaySuperior Police Officers
Tea with PercyThe African SkyThe Bioscope
The Brassingtons ~ At home in KitweThe Bridge that Trekked 6,000 MilesThe Caving in Grounds
The CrashThe Days of our ChildhoodThe Delegation
The First Trans-African HighwayThe FloodsThe George Maxwell Collection of Mining Photographs
The Great North RoadThe Irish ConnectionThe Kafue Rapids
The LetterThe Lion in WinterThe Mask
The Mufulira ComputerThe Roman CandleThe Rotary Club of Kitwe North
The Voodoo DollThe Waterfall Tour - 2002Thief Story
Three Rolls RoycesTiger Fishing on the Zambezi - Johnny GreenTraction power
Trip Around KitweTrip to Feira and LuangwaTrip to Lake Tanganyika
Twentieth Century Cinema, LusakaUnion Castle LineVictoria Falls Bridge and Monument 2005
Vintage Car Run - c1968WarlockWestern Province - Zambia
When I first went to ZambiaWhite FathersWho Goes Bare
Winding Engine DriversWrath of GodYork Road Light Infantry
Zambezi in Flood - 1968Zambian NamesZambian Proverbs

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