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Most of the time we lived in Dar es Salaam, on the top floor of TanCot House - the tallest building in the city in the 1950s. The view out over the Harbor bay from our apartment was magnificent. A short drive away was Bagamoyo beach, where I spent many afternoons with our big black Alsatian, Klavs. Martin & Paul Tanganyika Ltd. did well and they built the first deep-water quay for the harbor using a revolutionary underwater technique with concrete that had been thought up by my father. Our TanCot apartment soon filled up with expensive furnishings. My mother had her portrait painted by Rankin, and she owned the first MGB sports car in Dar es Salaam. They were members of the Dar es Salaam Club and also bought a small yacht. From our veranda, which overlooked the Yacht Club, we could see that yacht at its moorings on the bay. My father was passionately interested in photography and he bought a Leica M3 with a Visoflex finder and several Leica lenses. He used to take many photographs of my mother posing on dhows, in evening gowns and on the beach. I often got a chance to look through the viewfinder of the Leica. I had noticed that the ground glass image in the reflex finder made the real world look more interesting than it actually was in real life. This was where I got my interest in all things photographic.
At work my father preferred to spend his days in the office designing futuristic buildings that no one was interested in building at that time. His business partner, Jack Dickenson, once declared to my mother "He lives in a dream world and never seems to be able to stay on site!" He would also return to the office after lunches at the Club with the scent of whiskey on his breath, which was one of the reasons why J.L. Keir (fellow Dane and future industrialist in the UK) had banished him to East Africa from London in the first place.
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1/8: Tancot House in Dar es Salaam: 1952.
An image of Tancot House building in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
2/8: We lived on the top floor in a large apartment.
An image of Rosemary Augustinus on the Tancot House apartment verandah with Klavs - the family pet.
3/8: The view was out over the harbor towards the Yacht Club.
An image of  the view out over the Yacht Club towards the harbour bay from Tancot House in Tanzania circa 1950s
4/8: What a way to grow up - warm tropical water, yellow sand and whispering palm trees.
An image of Paul Augustinus playing in the sea at Bagamoyo
5/8: Klavs, my dog, could be aggressive as well as playful.
An image of Paul Augustinus with his mother and Klavs. Klavs could be quite agressive towards me when I played too roughly with him. My mother is sheilding me from Klavs
6/8: Once he bit me on the head when I messed with him.
An image of Klavs with one of his favourite playthings - a tattered coconut husk
7/8: This was my socialite mom dressed in an expensive French evening dress and ready for another Tancot House party.
An colour image of Rosemary Augustinus in a very expensive French evening gown, posed on the Tancot apartment verandah with Klavs
8/8: The Rankin portrait of my mother shows her in a serious mood. Maybe she know that the good times were almost over for her.
An image of a painting done of Rosemary Augustinus in Dar es Salaam in 1954 by Rankin - the English portrait artist who lived in a tent on the beach at Bagamoyo
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