'Out in the Midday Sun' by Elspeth Huxley
Photos Gerald Romer and David Haselden
His initial ranch was Ndabibi, lying to the north and north-west of Lake Naivasha and eventually covering 40,000 acres.
'He was very hard on his managers,' one of them told me, 'and very mean as well.' Despite this, most of them stuck to him, one for over thirty-four years, another for nearly twenty. Those who stood up to him did best.
'When I was appointed,' one of them said, 'I went round his estates and presented him with a long list of things I thought should be done. He said no to all of them, so I told him there was no point in having me as a general manager if he was going to turn down all my suggestions.
He said: "Don't be stupid Romer, I always say no to start with, now begin again and give me reasons." He then agreed to everything, and I got on well with him after that. (18)
Chapter 7, note reference (18)
Several of Gilbert Colvile's former managers have given me their impressions of his character and life-style, inluding Messrs W. J. Martin, Gerald Romer, David Haselden, Frank Beletti and Paddy Grattan.
Mr Hugh Barclay has been indefatigable in ferreting out information about this enigmatic man, and Mrs Lorna Dempster went to much trouble to put me in touch with people who knew him.
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