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Name: KING, Rosalie Anne

Nee: McBirney

Birth Date: 28 Oct 1892 Dover

Death Date: 19 Sep 1964 Pietermaritzburg

First Date: 1926

Profession: Farmer. Founder member of the EAWL in Nanyuki - 1926.

Area: Nanyuki

Married: 1912 Raymond Spencer King (1874-1936)

Children: Noel Alan Spencer, livestock officer (26 Dec 1913 Belfast-20 Oct 2005 Pietermaritzburg); Sheila Joan (11 Oct 1923 Kenya-1989); Romemary Muriel (26 Apr 1924 Nairobi-1924)

Book Reference: Seventy, Red 31, SS

General Information:

Soldier Settlement Scheme after WW1 - Class B - Mrs R.A. King, 2 Beaufort Gardens, Lewisham, SE13 - Farm 863 - Representative, L.G. Sandford Esq., Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi
Red 31 has Miss R.G. King, Nanyuki
Gazette 29 Dec 1934 Aberdare Voters roll, King, Rosalie Anne, Farmer, Nanyuki
Gazette - 20/8/1924 - Notice - that Raymond Spencer King has no interest in the Farm No. 863B known as Elandsglade, Nanyuki District, that he has no authority to dispose of any stock, implements or other property on the said farm and that we are not responsible for any debts contracted by him. Signed Rosalie A. King and C.W, Serfect
Gazette - 26/9/1923 - Voters Register - Kenya Province - Raymond Spencer King, Farmer Elandeglade PO Nanyuki
Pioneers - Nanyuki - 1920 - Soldier Settlers - ….. The Kings with their 5 year-old son Noel, and Captain John Davis. The Kings and Captain Davis set out by wagon from the New Stanley Hotel, newly opened in Nairobi. They had not gone far when a figure on a bicycle came after them, pedalling furiously. It was Lennox Murray, bringing a sunshade for Mrs King, having suddenly realised that there was no hood on their wagon.
They trekked past Nanyuki and on in the direction of Rumuruti to find the 'farm' they had selected. The next months were lonely ones for Rosalie King and her small son in a two-roomed grass banda, while her husband and John Davis were away all day building a house and bush clearing. She was afraid to venture out of doors, for wild animals were everywhere, she was fresh from London, and everything was strange and frightening. There was no feminine company and she was often in tears. They lived on meat they shot, and canned vegetables.

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