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1925 c. Fanny Knobloch and her sister Pauline Hannen were the first Bahá’ís to visit Southern Rhodesia. Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) Fanny Knobloch; Pauline Hannen
1952 Eric Manton and his son Terry arrive in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia), the first Bahá’ís to settle in the country. Northern Rhodesia First travel teachers and pioneers
1953 Oct Claire Gung arrived in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and was named a Knight of Bahá’u’lláh. Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe); Zimbabwe Knights of Bahaullah find reference
1954 Jan Kenneth and Roberta Christian arrive in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and are named Knights of Bahá’u’lláh. [BW13:456] Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe); Zimbabwe Kenneth Christian; Roberta Christian; Knights of Bahaullah
1954 Feb Joan Powis arrives in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and is named a Knight of Bahá’u’lláh. [BW13:456] Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe); Zimbabwe Knights of Bahaullah
1955 Ridván The first local spiritual assembly in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) is formed in Salisbury (Harare). Salisbury (Harare); Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) LSA
1970 Ridván The National Spiritual Assembly of Rhodesia was formed. [BW15:200] Rhodesia NSA
1975 Dec The first International Youth School to be held in Rhodesia takes place near Bulawayo. [BW16:155] Bulawayo; Rhodesia Conferences, Bahai; Conferences, Youth; Conferences, International; Conferences, First
1976 10 – 15 Jan The first National Bahá’í Children’s School to he held in Rhodesia took place in Salisbury. [BW16:155] Salisbury; Rhodesia Bahai Children's school
1985 6 Feb The passing of Claire Gung (b. 3 November, 1904 Germany) in Kampala. She was buried in The National Bahá'í Cemetery of Uganda.
She fled to England during World War II where she served as a nurse. She became a Bahá'í in Torquay and later joined the small Bahá’í group in Cheltenham in 1940. She moved to Manchester and later pioneered to Northampton in November 1946 to become member of the first Spiritual Assembly there. In 1948 she again pioneered to help form the first Spiritual Assembly in the “Pivotal Centre” of Cardiff. In 1950, during the “Year of Respite”, Claire became the first pioneer actually to move from the British community to settle in Africa when Shoghi Effendi called for Bahá'ís to open Africa. She sailed on the "Warwick Castle" on 4 January, 1951 and landed in Tanzania where she obtained a post as assistant matron in a school in Lushoto,150 miles from Dar-es-Salaam.
She became a "Knight" for Rhodesia. Mr. Zahrai was actually the first Bahá'í to come to Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) during a Ten Year Crusade. He was followed soon after by Claire Gung, Eyneddin and Tahirih Ala'i, and Kenneth and Roberta Christian. All six received the accolade of Knight of Baha'u'llah from Shoghi Effendi. Subsequently the Guardian gave her the title, "Mother of Africa".
Later she moved to Uganda where she started a Kindergarten school. She was affectionately known as "Auntie Claire". [BWNS275; Wikipedia; Wikipedia; Historical Dictionary of the Bahá'í Faith p.209; UD211, 482]
  • Also see Claire Gung Mother of Africa by Adrienne Morgan and published by the National Spiritual Assembly of Baha'is of South Africa; (1997).
  • Rhodesia; Zimbabwe; Uganda; Tanzania In Memoriam; Knights of Baha'u'llah; Claire Gung; Auntie Claire; Eyneddin Ala'i; Tahirih Ala'i; Ken Christian; Roberta Christian Z****
     
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