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Title:Fifty years with Ford
Author:Duly, BryanISNI
Periodical:Heritage of Zimbabwe (ISSN 0556-9605)
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
biographies (form)
History, Archaeology
Automobile industry and trade--History
About person:Charles Duly (1870-c.1949)
Abstract:The story of motoring in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) centres to a large extent on the life of Charles Duly and the company he founded. Born in the UK in 1870, Duly applied for a job with the Cape Government Railways, was accepted and went to South Africa, 20 years of age. At the age of 24 he set off for Bulawayo by bicycle. Here he established himself in the cycle business. In 1902 Duly imported the first motor car into Rhodesia, a 'Gladiator'. In 1911 he signed an agreement with Ford to purchase 60 Ford Model T. vehicles a year. In this way Duly pioneered the motor business and established the market for Ford vehicles in both Southern and Northern Rhodesia. A 'thorough' man - as he once called himself -, he had an outstanding war record, was dedicated to the sport of cycling and actively concerned for war combatants and ex-servicemen and their families. He died from an injury sustained during cycling, at the age of 79. [ASC Leiden abstract]