African Adventures~featuring Kenya Cities

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East Africa Cities and Towns

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Nairobi

Hardinge Street, 1950: Photographs below were taken on March 31, 1950, during a pageant to commemorate the birth of a city. The Duke of Gloucester proclaimed Nairobi a Charter City. This ceremony was followed by a parade depicting the history of the city. The photos of the parade were taken from the upper floor of Corner House, Hardinge Street

Crowd assembling outside Nairobi’s Town Hall for the charter ceremony.

Duke of Gloucester hands Charter to Mayor, raising Nairobi to status of a Charter City.

Float representing Sgt. Ellis, Nairobi’s first European resident.

Masai warriors marching in parade. Centre photo shows part of the procession, and the view down Hardinge Street. On right, is a photo of the Triumphal Arch on Delamere Avenue, with main Post Office on the right.

(Photos: Gordon Mumford)
Philippa and her sister watched the 1950 parade from the roof of the family car. (Photo: Philippa)

Delamere Avenue, 1951 Photographs probably taken on November 11, 1951, showing the twin War Memorials dedicated to the fallen members of the Carrier Corps and the King’s African Rifles. The monuments were in Delamere Avenue outside the Theatre Royal and near Cafe Vienna, nearly opposite the Standard Bank of South Africa. Torrs Hotel is on the corner, just down from the Cafe Vienna. (Photos: Gordon Mumford)

Left & centre: Decorations on Delamere Avenue to celebrate the Coronation,1952

Nairobi Cinema Government Road, 1961

Parliament Buildings, Nairobi
(Photo: Ian McAteer)

Nairobi, 1961

Sombrero Night Club in Nairobi, a well-known rendezvous in the 1960s & 1970s
(Photo: Alasdair Piers)

Kenya Polytechnic on Whitehouse Road in 1961

Valley Road, Nairobi, 1963
(Photo: Ron Leese)

Jamhuri Park, Nairobi, 1970
(Photo: Ron Leese)

Town Hall, Nairobi, 1963
(Photo: Ron Leese)

Nairobi – December 1963 and December 2004

Photos of Nairobi decorated for Independence Ceremonies (December 12, 1963).
(Photos provided by Gavin Fuller were taken by his father, Ken Fuller ©1963

Photos © Gavin Fuller, 2004


Nakuru

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Two sides of a well-known landmark.
Photo (left) by Andy Potter shows the Nakuru Post Office in 1965.
Photo (right) shows Gordon Mumford’s photo the other side of the sign, and National Gridlay’s bank in 1967

Nakuru Motor Racing, 1962

Nakuru, ready for uhuru, 1963

Photos supplied by Glen Smith


Photographs of Nairobi and other East African towns
taken about 1965 by Andy Potter

Bell Inn, Naivasha, 1965

Delamere Avenue, Nairobi

Jetty at Lake Hotel, Navaisha

MacMillan Memorial Library
Nairobi, 1965

Main Street, Nakuru

Motor Marts Garage
Kericho, 1965

Nakuru Post Office

New Stanley Hotel, 1965

Thorn Tree at New Stanley

Soi Police Post

Tea Hotel, Kericho

View from the old Torr’s Hotel

View of Kimathi Street from Woolworths, 1965

Equator sign – This one is located on the main Nakuru to Eldoret road

Woolworths Corner
Nairobi 1965

See also Malcolm’s McCrow’s East African photos from 1952-1962


Kenya Coast: Mombasa & Malindi

Malindi (1956), Mosque, before all the dukas were built and when the beach was pristine circa 1956.
(photo: Kevin Patience)

Mombasa (1957), from English Point on the Nyali side, when all the dhows arrived from Arabia and India.
(photo: Kevin Patience)

Kilindini Road, Mombasa
The tusks were constructed in 1956 to commemorate a visit by Princess Margaret (Diana Tonkinson knew the designer).
(photo: Ian McAteer).