Please Note:

Oral histories, whether they relate to tribes or families can be rather akin to that game 'whispers' played by children, where a message is passed from one to another, with inevitable distortions and misunderstandings. In relating a life that should be of particular interest, as it concerns the opening up of the hinterland of Southern Africa, we have to rely on word of mouth concerning Arthur Squires (the first husband of Mabel Helene Nolan). The anecdotes obviously originated from his wife, who retailed them to her children but, in fact, they are remembered somewhat differently by each of them. I was always impressed by the remarkable memory that her daughter, Winnie, had for both people and events but by the time she recorded her reminiscences for the family tree she was no longer young and she was writing of rather ancient history, since she was only ten years of age when her father died. Phillip, on the other hand, was entirely dependent on what he recalled his Mother saying, since he was born many years after these events. For these reasons I have recounted both versions, with a few additional notes and some historical facts and dates that might be pertinent to the lives of Arthur and Mabel (i.e. concerning the railways and telegraph installation to the north) and to the Rudland family (i.e. relating to settlement in Rhodesia and the pioneer column.) In addition, Lucy Tarr's stories recollection of events will be found following on from the sections covering the lives of the different members of the family