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Thomas Moodie Trek 1892

From Bethlehem, 5th May 1892 to Water Fall, 3rd January 1893.

Rhodes believed it was essential to his plans of occupying Manicaland by establishing a European settlement. He obtained the services of George Benjamin Dunbar Moodie to recruit farmers from the Orange Free State, with the offer of a 3 000 morgen farm in Gazaland to every man and boy who could trek to the Eastern districts.

Moolman - Webster Trek 1893

Great Marico, 6th (?) May 1893 - 30th August 1893.

Leader - Johan Nicolaas Moolman

Du Plessis Trek I:

Reitz, 26th May, 1893 - 12th August 1893.

Edenburg Trek 1894

Edenburg, 20th March, 1894 - 9th September 1894.

Three men, Cannell, Grootwahl and Swanepoel from Edenburg were chosen as delegates to go an inspect the country of Rhodesia, their expenses being paid by the trekkers interested in settling there.

Mynhardt - Utrecht Trek 1894

Utrecht 29th March 1894 - 1st October 1894

Martin Trek

Leader Johannes Lodewikus (Louis/Lewis)

Fourisburg 19th April 1894 - 10th October 1894.

Kruger-Bekker Trek 1895

Pretoria 21st April - 1895 - 27th July 1895

Surnames - Bekker; Bezuidenhout; du Preez; Kruger; Smit

Du Plessis Trek II:

Urtecht 2nd May 1895 - 11th October 1895.

Henry-Steyn Trek 1895


  • John and Emily Henry. Children: Tom, Freddie, Trevis.
  • Johannes Gerhardus F. and Herculina Steyn. Children: Christoffel, Christian, Theunis, Lucas, Maria.

Hulley and Cawood Trek

Got lost - ran out of water and food, found by natives.

  • James Cawood and his wife
  • Mr. and Mrs Hulley

Zillah Hulley - neice of Mr and Mrs Cawood aged 14

Other Treks

From page 168 'Many Treks made Rhodesia" by S.P. Olivier.

Fred, Albert, John and Robert Store

5 May 1893 - expedition to extend their business in Manicaland left Johannesburg.

From Mashonaland Times

"Mrs and Mrs Lamb of the firm of Store Brothers, Johannesburg, are on their way wit 5 assistants to open a store in Salisbury. We understand they have 10 wagons of goods with them."

In charge of the party was Mr. James Lamb, head of the firm's Tailoring Department. On board the wagons was a complete stock of merchandise needed for the new store; and, carefully wrapped, in Mrs Lamb's four-wheeled buggy, beside her gramophone and treadle sewing machine, were sheets of plate-glass - the first to be used in Rhodesia.

The wagons were the last to pass through the pile-and-dagga town of Fort Victoria before the July raid by the Matabele.

Southey/Peacocke Trek

Leader - Glynne Albert Peacocke & Richard Gilmour Rubidge Southey

Departed Johannesburg Nov 11 1897. Arrived Gletwyn Farm, 8 miles from Salisbury Apr 11 1898. Gletwyn Farm was owned by Gilmor Southey who was married to Norah Peacocke.

Members of the party were. Mr & Mrs Richard Southey (Sen) and their family Cornelius (Cornie), Anne (Annie) and Ivor. Mr & Mrs Glynn Peacocke and their family Arthur, Hilda, Cecille, Walter ( Neville), Gladys and Eric. Also in the party Mr Rodwell, 2 Indians and 4 Natives.

From: Twin Trails, by MD Davies. Chapter 11, Southey - Peacocke Trek