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Mutare (mo͞otäˈrē), formerly Umtali (o͝omtäˈlē), city (1992 est. pop. 131,400), E Zimbabwe, near the Mozambique border. Mutare is the commercial center for a rich agricultural and gold-mining region. Its industries include automobile assembly, petroleum refining, and the manufacture of textiles. The city is connected by rail with the port of Beira in Mozambique, but the line is in disrepair. Founded in 1890, Mutare grew after the coming (1899) of the railroad.
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a city in the eastern part of Southern Rhodesia, on the railroad line between Salisbury and Beira (Mozambique). Population, 46,000 (1973, including suburbs). Umtali is the commercial center of an agricultural and mining region. Industry includes canning, the assembly of motor vehicles, and the manufacture of textiles and wearing apparel.

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Of particular importance here is the letter which clearly indicates that Brent was buried in Umtali and not Marandellas as most records indicate -- another example of reporting from the RFF headquarters being erroneously taken as place of death.
The Manyika language was studied at St Augustine' s Penal onga in 1893; at Old Umtali and also at Triashill in 1890 under the Catholic fathers like D.R.
Engel & Cuthbertson (1939)--Recorded penicillatus from 'Umtali [= Mutare] district', 'Southern Rhodesia' (= Zimbabwe) and provided a key to the three species recorded for the country (nigripennis, penicillatus, pollinosus).
Places such as St Stephen's Secondary School, and Umtali (now Mutare) are actual places in Zimbabwe.
And I was out drinking and in hearings of an attack on the road between Umtali and Salisbury, the Shona rebelling have taken over that road, just as what occurred in the south and--
Now, anywhere else in the world, this would possibly be not conducive to being picked up from the side of the road--but in the Rhodesia of the day, extra firepower was just what motorists were looking for if they opted to travel outside of the normal police-escorted road convoys, and it was some of the easiest hitching I'd ever done--we were in Umtali and at the museum before tea time.
When he was arrested in 1963, Masiyakurima and a group of his colleagues were well-known urban saboteurs who left a trail of destruction in the cities of Salisbury and Umtali.
But Gorongosans had no access to the railway and braved the two-day journey through Barue to Umtali, the major depot on the Rhodesian border, where they found markets and work.
Urban area 1936 1941 1946 Salisbury (Harare) 20.177 32.008 45.993 Bulawayo 15.322 21.340 33.322 Gwelo (Gweru) 2.165 5.100 7.237 Que Que (Kwekwe) 2.608 3.686 3.860 Gatooma (Kadoma) 1,718 1.564 2.380 Umtali (Mutare) 3.566 4.812 6.549 Totals 45.550 68.510 99.341 Urban area 1951 1969 1974 Salisbury (Harare) 75.000 280.000 420.000 Bulawayo 56.000 187.270 270.000 Gwelo (Gweru) 9.800 36.840 51.000 Que Que (Kwekwe) 4.600 18.740 30.000 Gatooma (Kadoma) 4.600 18.740 30.000 Umtali (Mutare) 10.900 36.300 48.000 Totals 161.200 589.480 859.000 Source: Auret (1995) Table 2--Population Estimates in Major Towns and Cities in Zimbabwe: 1961/2, 1969 and 1982 Year Name of urban centre 1961/2 1969 1982 Harare 310.
(52.) Donal Lamont (1911-2003) was Catholic bishop of Umtali in colonial Southern Rhodesia.
Close, Saigon Journal 1942-1945, Chimhenga, Umtali South, August 28, 1952, Imperial War Museum, "Entry of 8-6-1942," and Ch.