Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (www.suzannearruda.com), and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at www.twitter.com/SuzanneArruda *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, November 10, 2008

NAIROBI NEWS NOVEMBER 1919: A PUBLIC PARK

NOTE: The Serpent’s Daughter is NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK!


The Nairobi Municipal Council had a busy agenda according to the November 8, 1919 issue of the Nairobi newspaper, The Leader of British East Africa. In addition to dealing with bad drains and swampy portions of town, the East African and Horticultural Society was petitioning the Land Office and the city to have a “piece of land situated between Sixth and Tenth Avenues and bounded by Kirk Road and the Railway on the other side (see city map October 27 on the west side of the city), for the purpose of making a permanent Show Ground for Nairobi.” In essence, they needed a new area for stock breeders to bring and show their livestock. The Society noted that permanent buildings would have to be erected, the area fenced, and the grounds beautified.


The Commissioners debated the appropriateness of this land use. Mr. Stevens argued that the land was originally intended to become a public park and not a glorified stockyard. “It was not fair to rob the public of a park.” Another commissioner, Mr. Tannahill, argued that the land had only been appropriated by the city for an open space but that “open spaces could be used for certain purposes.” He stated that, if the Society was prepared to construct buildings and beautify the grounds, they should be “entitled to a certain tenure.” In other words, here was a chance to get some work done on the land without costing the city a cent. In the end, Commissioners voted to put all the open spaces in the area under the trusteeship of the Municipal Council.


So who won? Well, a 1920 Handbook of the Kenya Colony (British East Africa) and the Kenya Protectorate (Protectorate of Zanzibar), prepared by the Geographical Section of the Great Britain Naval Intelligence Division, states that there is a municipal stock sale yard on the south side outside of town and that there is a public park on the east side between the railway and Nairobi Hill.


NEXT WEEK: MORE NAIROBI ISSUES


NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter.


NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK. The fourth book The Leopard’s Prey, will be available in hardcover January 2009. For more information, visit the website: www.suzannearruda.com.

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