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By Alan Megahey

Whilst Peterhouse opened in 1955, the British Empire in Africa used to be nonetheless intact and the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland - with its excessive hopes and fears - had simply come into being. It used to be a boarding tuition based at the British version, yet making sure that it should 'adapt all that's top within the Public university culture to African conditions'.For 50 years, in Rhodesia after which in Zimbabwe, its governors and employees have tried to do this, and feature obvious it develop from a boys' university of 350 to a gaggle of faculties instructing over one thousand boys and girls.But the tale of Peterhouse is not just approximately paintings and recreation, song and drama, chapel, development advancements and syllabus alterations. it really is set within the context of academic improvement and political switch in a Southern African country.This heritage of the varsity indicates the way it grew to become a pioneering multi-racial establishment in 'white Rhodesia'; shared the sufferings of the rustic throughout the 'bush war'; improved drastically within the new Zimbabwe, survived the contradictions of a black 'Marxist' executive, and has stored its enterprise dedication to being a 'Church School'.

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So he grew up in that small, upper middle class world in Victorian England, where privilege and money were taken for granted, but where duty also called, not least Christian duty. Daily prayers were said at home (the servants attending); 'service' - to the Empire, 10 A. Megahey, A School in Africa © Alan Megahey 2005 FOUNDING FATHERS the sick, the unchurched - was a moral imperative. This message was reinforced by his education. Edward went to Shrewsbury, where his father and uncles had been pupils.

The story is told of how one day, returning from a swim clad only in a towel he was accosted by some prospective parents who asked this 'boy' where they would find the Rector. Fred directed them to his study, proceeded there himself by a quicker route, and the astonished parents found themselves ushered into the presence of the same towel clad 'boy', now the Rector of Michaelhouse. The chapter in the school history which deals with his Rectorship is well entitled 'Creative vigour amid war's disruption'.

Reaction to the First World War sometimes expressed itself in the indulgent hedonism of cocktails, the Charleston, the world of Bertie Wooster; but it also took the form of great social and political causes or, as in the case of Birley and Snell, a firm commitment to the education of the young. In 1927 Fred heard the same 'call' to serve overseas that Paget had responded to nearly two decades earlier. He went under the auspices of the Church Missionary Society to teach in India, at St John's College, Agra.

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