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Name: WHITELOCK, Christopher Ernest

Death Date: 1963 Transvaal, S. Africa

First Date: 1909

Profession: Farmer, Farm 38 Nakuru; transport operator

Area: Nakuru, 1911 Eldoret, 1925 Mombasa

Book Reference: Red 25, Hut, Red 22, Land, Advertiser, Gazette, Leader14, Red Book 1912, Red 19, KFA, Pioneers

General Information:

Land 1909 - C.E. Whitelock - Agricultural and grazing, 4309 acres - Uasin Gishu - 21/9/09 - Occupation Licence from 3 to 99 years from 1/10/09 - Registered Jan. 1910
Advertiser - 19/2/1909 - Advert - For Sale - Male Leopard Cub, Age about 4 months. Been in domestication for last 3 months. Healthy and quiet - Offers to C.E. Whitelock, Nakuru
Gazette - 7/4/15 - Liable for Jury service, Uasin Gishu Plateau - C.E. Whitelock, Farm No. 78
Red Book 1912 - C.E. Whitelock - Uasin Gishu
Gazette 3/7/1918 - Application for General Retail and Hotel Liquor Licence - C.E. Whitelock (The Pioneer Hotel) - Eldoret
Gazette 6/7/1921 - Revocation of Power of Attorney given by Christopher Ernest Whitelock to Maxmillon Jefferys Ullmann wef 27/6/1921
Red Book 1919 - Uasin Gishu Gymkhana Club, Eldoret - Secretary - C.E. Whitelock
Gazette 1 May 1910 Brands allotted C. Ernest Whitelock, Farm 38, Nakuru
KFA - In 1916 he started a kind of stage-coach system. At 10 mile intervals between Eldoret and Londiani he established camps equipped with 4 trotting oxen and a couple of trained drivers. An American four-wheeled buckboard made the trip; both oxen and drivers were changed at every stage. By pressing on, the journey could be accomplished in less than 24 hours, a feat that was the talk of the Plateau.The arrival of the railway at Eldoret in 1924 put an end to the trotting oxen, but some ox-teams and wagons continued in use until 1935 or thereabouts.Pioneers - Londiani & Mau Summit - Londiani used to be the railhead for Eldoret, 64 miles north west. Once off the train, the journey was a test of endurance on a track that rose 1500 feet through thick forest and, in places, ran through mud so apalling that whole teams of oxen were said to have vanished in it. One section was christened the Red Sea, and history records 28 days as the longest one-way trip - just over 2 miles a day. Return journeys averaged 30 days, until an enterprising Mr Whitelock started a passenger service with an American buckboard, and a change of bullocks every 10 miles. After 1924, when the railway from Nakuru to Eldoret and beyond came into use, the importance of Londiani's station and hotel declined.
Advertiser - 11/12/08 - Nakuru Agricultural Show - donations from - T. Whitelock

 

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