Or-drawn wagons - bearing people dressed in the costume of 100 years ago - lumbered through streets crowded with spectators in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia, October 20.
GV oxen and wagon through street
SV oxen and wagon passing
TV wagons in street
mayor hands letter to leader of wagon party
GV wagons move away
STV wagon through street
GV wagons assembled outside Bulawayo, woman practicing with whip
SV "Ann Thomas" (left) and "Emily Moffat" (r.) knitting on wagon
GV PAN people assembling for service at Missionary Tree
SV trekkers watch
GV PAN from wagons to Missionary Tree
SV people at service
SV Mayor and Mayoress, and Acting Gov, General at service
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Background: Or-drawn wagons - bearing people dressed in the costume of 100 years ago - lumbered through streets crowded with spectators in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia, October 20. It was the opening event in a five-day commemoration of the Inyati Mission's 100th anniversary.
The mission was founded before European pioneers settled in Rhodesia by a courageous bend of missionaries, led by Robert Moffat - friend of the Matabale warrior chief, Nailikasi. The missionaries took 14 months to make their arduous trek from the Cape to Inyati.
Local girls and youths are re-enacting the roles of the missionaries, and taking part in the shortened commemorative trek is a great grandchild of Robert Moffat - Morgan Thomas.
At the City Hall, Bulawayo's Mayor gave the leader of the party a letter to be delivered at Inyati Mission - 40 miles away - when the trekkers arrive, October 24.
In the evening, the wagons outspanned near the spot where the original trekkers rested on their Journey, and a memorial service - attended by Africans and Europeans alike - was held at the nearby Missionary Tree.
The Acting Governor-General, Sir Robert Tredgold, and lady Tredgold, together with the Mayor and Mayoress, ware present for the service.