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Name: HARBORD, Maurice Assheton

Birth Date: 24 Oct 1874 Blackheath, London

Death Date: 9 Jan 1954 Hastings

First Date: 1908

Profession: Manager of Kedong Ostrich Syndicate

Area: Kedong Valley

Married: 1. 27 Sep 1905 Isabel Jessie Lowth von Wurtzburg De Schade b. 1875 Epsom (div. 1918) (prev. m. Richard Hedley Robinson 1874-1899 and later m. Hugh Hannay 1888-1959); 2. 30 Apr 1929 Ethel Florence Goldsmith b. 13 Feb 1900, d. 1992 Hastings

Author: 'Froth and Bubble' 1915

Book Reference: Playne, Land, Advertiser, Red Book 1912, North

General Information:

Playne - The Kedong Ostrich Syndicate - The headquarters of this syndicate are at Nairobi; Captain G.C. Buxton is the managing director, with Mr M.A. Harbord as manager. The land consists of 15000 acres, is situated in the Kedong Valley, and is watered by a river. A stone building has been erected for ostriches, stores, and stables. A dwelling-house is to be built of stone later on. Only the breeding-pens are fenced at present. The ostriches will be herded not fenced. The only trouble in the initial stages has been with the wild birds, which take away the tame ones. They come close to the bomas, and have to be driven off. .......... There are plenty of lions, rhino, and other big game, and good bird-shooting can be obtained, so that this property may truly be described as a sportsman's paradise.
Land - 1911 - M.A. Harbord - Grazing and agricultural, 3730 acres (Farm No. 1458A) - Londiani - 2/9/11 - Leasehold under Occupation Licence for 2 to 99 years from 1/9/11 - Registered 6/12/11
Advertiser - 14/5/1909 - Mrs Harbord at Kedong has contracted smallpox
Red Book 1912 - M.A. Harbord - Muhoroni
Was in Sussex in 1930s - electoral registers

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