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X-Posted from H-Net List on South & Southern Africa <H-SAFRICA@H-NET.MSU.EDU> From: Joan Wardrop <J.Wardrop@CURTIN.EDU.AU> __________ From: Peter Limb Sent: 20 May 2010 email@example.com It would be helpful if Clapperton Mavhunga could tell us what he has already located, but I enjoyed reading Fred Morton's piece, especially as in the 1970s I was myself part of a Road-Cutting Gang (and also, then, without cattle). Clapperton, who does not seem to have thought of H-SAfrica as well as H-Africa (it's a common and hazy conflation, I admit),is also interested in bridges. It happens that in the 1970s I was involved in building a bridge with a road across it. One of my tasks, after we finished compacting the bridge, was holding up and rotating, as per the traffic, those red and green "STOP-GO" signs you see on highway construction. But I broke my spectacles, so that task was soon terminated by the irate ganger. Joram Mariga, clearly a ganger, was a fascinating person. Perhaps Lan White's Bridging the Zambesi: a Colonial folly (Macmillan, 1993) will throw up similar colorful characters of the roads and bridges of colonial Southern Africa and more germane sources, which I suspect may be bountiful at Cambridge and Oxford from the colonial officials' side. As for my ganger, to remind us of the impending end of our very short lunch break,he delighted in pointing his shotgun at 'gang members' who responded by shooting bows and arrows along the unmade road. I am getting deja vu, so perhaps also search H-SAfrica and H-Africa websites for earlier discussions (perhaps with Jan Bart Gewald on colonial cars)? I believe we also discussed telephones in history in much earlier posts.