The Umzingwani [Mzingwane] River, 15 July 1890
Scope and Contents
182 x 223 mm. A view looking along the wide, sand-bedded river from rising ground with thick bush stretching away to the horizon. According to Surridge: "The Umzingwani is certainly what may be called picturesque. The clear crystal stream, rushing on over its bed of golden sand, makes true the words of a well known missionary hymn. The picture is a true one, the brilliant tropical sun pouring down a flood of light upon the bed of the river below, when the sand becomes perfectly golden in colour, and the crystal stream ... depicts the scene of the rippling fountain and the golden sand. The banks of the Umzingwani are steep and well wooded ... From a neighbouring hill some four or five hundred feet in height, one is able to obtain an extensive view of the country around. There appears to be but little variation, neither is there. The river may be seen winding back towards Bulawayo, but there is little to indicate life except occassional visits from the inhabitants of Banyai kraals ... " ( Royal Colonial Institute, 1891, p. 310). The photograph was taken about July 15.
- Creation: 15 July 1890
- From the Fonds: Surridge, Frank Harold, d 1947 (clergyman) (Person)
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Fair condition, some fading in from edges.
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