Que Que, Southern Rhodesia
Dr. Hirsch opening the Jewish Community Center early 50’s
The Ark is behind the closed wooden doors behind the
lectern. Mr. Ashkenazi “Ash” is seated on the
left. The Hall was designed so it could be rented out for
non denominational purposes as well. In the mid 50’s we
acquired a rabbi which we shared with Gwelo and Gatooma.
Cricket Season. When Mayor of Que Que in the
early 50’s Dr. Morris Hirsch opened the cricket season at the
new Que Que Sports Club and at many other venues….the flower
Mrs. Joan Hirsch was
awarded Civic Honors and signs the book with Mayor
Jenkinson…(late 60’s early 70’s)
Flower Show opening early
50’s. The Horticultural show was a big annual event.
Dr. Morris Hirsch (mayor) is standing, with Mrs. Joan
Hirsch seated on the right beside him. Old Mrs. Ellsworth
to the extreme left.
Garden Party at the
Swimming Bath early 50’s Sir John and Lady Kennedy
open the new QQ swimming bath (33 1/3 yds x 25 yds). Mrs.
Joan Hirsch petitioned the State Lotteries for funding and won
on condition that the Que Que Council undertook to maintain it
there after. Council opposed it. Dr. Morris Hirsch
entered public life in order to override this decision.
Dr. and Mrs. Hirsch flank the Governor and Lady Kennedy at the
Girl Guides opening Echo
Park, early 60’s. Mrs. Joan Hirsch spearheaded the
acquisition of a permanent camp ground for the Girl Guides, Echo
Park, at Dutchman’s Pool, outside Que Que. A lodge was
build there to house the camping equipment and so on. The
whole town was very supportive and generous with their
donations. It was a town achievement.
Mrs. Joan Hirsch Girl
Guides Planning meeting. Mrs. Hirsch had been a very keen
Girl Guide ever since her childhood (in Johannesburg SA) and she
introduced guiding to Que Que in the early 50’s. Seen here
standing on the right on of their front lawn at #1 Silver Oaks
Road (Globe and Phoenix Mine doctor’s residence).
London. Dr. Morris Hirsch was the architect of the
1960 Constitution that was negotiated at Lancaster House in
London Dec 1960 and following talks in Salisbury in Jan
1961. He is seen here seated 6th from the back on the
right hand side.
Nonsense Gala. Mid
60’s Joan Hirsch on the left, Irene Johnson (center) and
Mary Morrison on right. These water ballets and nonsense
events were written directed and produced by Mrs. Hirsch.
The whole town participated and they were great fun.
Que Que First
Musical. 1953. In Mother Nature’s Garden. Mrs.
Hirsch (center stage in Guide uniform) wrote the play in
conjunction with Girl Guide Thinking Day. It was performed
at the Forthingham Hall on the Globe and Phoenix Mine Property
and was to be the first of many musicals she wrote, directed and
produced over the next twenty years or so. 87 were on
stage for the Grand finale of this first effort and thereafter
it just grew. Everyone wanted to be a part of it and the
community pitched in with what ever talent they had to
offer. They were memorable for all.
Dr. Morris Hirsch in the center and flanked by Dr. Ward on the
left and Dr. Adlington on the right. Outside Que Que Hospital
by Ed Goldberg
Last updated February 2012
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