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Camp at Macloutsie, 1890

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3052A/31

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Showing rows of tents laid out in three sides of a square at the Macloutsie Camp. 'Three troops of the B.B.P., under the command of Major Grey, Staff Officer, were also encamped on the Macloutsie, and a strong pentagonal fort had been constructed for the defence of the camp ... The site of the Macloutsie Camp had been carefully chosen on the highest ground near a small tributary stream called the Matlapouta, which supplied us with excellent drinking water. A great deal of work has been done in this camp: the thick maponi bush having been cleared for a distance of 1,000 yards, huts of poles and daager built for officers and men, and substantial stables of the same material for the horses. The elevation is 2,270 feet above the sea level, and the situation, up to the present, has proved most healthy for the men, but the reverse for the horses, as the mortality from horse-sickness during the past year has been considerable...' Sir John Willoughby, 'How we occupied Mashonaland', The Fortnightly Review, Apr. 1891, p. 516. Neither the fort nor the daager (swordgrass) hut can be seen in this photograph which is taken from a slight elevation and it is likely that the picture is looking down from the fort itself. Photograph taken June 1890.


  • Creation: 1890


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1 photographic print(s) : photograph


393 x 141 mm. panoramic view of two joined prints.

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