The McGorians started their family as they enjoyed a somewhat nomadic lifestyle, briefly moving back to Kimberly before heading back to Northern Rhodesia
; where the ex-Sunderland player took up a job at a copper mine in Nchanga, and later moving to Salisbury, still in Rhodesia.
The historical narrative weaves together different colonial encounters across Northern Rhodesia
, Nyasaland and the Congo Free State (the Belgian Congo after 1908) with a fine command of the details of early colonial militaries and administrations.
In 1948, the Northern Rhodesia
Congress was formed--after 1951, known as the Northern Rhodesia
African National Congress (NRANC)--with Harry Mwanga Nkumbula as its president.
With independence looming he transferred to Northern Rhodesia
in the mid-1950s.
In September 1961 Hammarskjold's plane was shot down by another plane over Northern Rhodesia
, but a British inquiry that year, rubber stamped by a further inquiry by a United Nations committee, concluded the crash was due to pilot error.
Representatives came from Ruanda-Urundi (Rwanda and Burundi), Kenya, the Congo, Uganda, Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia
, Zanzibar, and Nyasaland.
In 1961, United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold was killed in a plane crash in northern Rhodesia
Interdisciplinary research in Northern Rhodesia
(Zambia) began in the late 1930s following the establishment of the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute (RLI).
An avowed peace-maker, the leader of the international community, a supremely capable diplomat, poet and thinker, he lost his life along with 15 fellow passengers following the crash of his aircraft in former Northern Rhodesia
(now Zambia) on the night of the 17th-18th September 1961.
He served for seven years with the Universities' Mission to Central Africa at Mapanga in Northern Rhodesia
. The Zambian Education Service later employed him for eight fruitful years during which his scientific bent led him into the taxonomy of African botanical specimens (he amassed a collection of some 27,000 over the years) making a major deposit to the foundation at Kew and at other herbaria.
Shaw founded the London Missionary Society's Girls' Boarding School in Mbereshi, Northern Rhodesia
, heading it from 1915 to 1940.