George Lloyd WALLIS


The following autobiographical note was written by GLW and sent to The National Trust Commission of Swaziland in 1978:

George Lloyd Wallis was born at Hereford, England, on 6th. October 1887. He was educated at the Hereford County College and The Leys School at Cambridge. After leaving school he became a solicitor, While employed as such at Reading in 1911 he joined the Berkshire Yeomanry as a trooper but was later commissioned in the Herefordshire Regiment. He served in Gallipoli and in Egypt defending the Suez Canal; and was severely wounded by gun fire there on 4th August 1916 which left him deaf. After the war he migrated to S. Africa and after two years in Natal came to Swaziland with two partners, Capt. P. .J. Lewis M.A and Capt. D. R. Keith M.C. and got farms elsewhere, Capt. Lewis at Matape where the Central Prison and Industrial sites are now and Capt. Keith at Stegi leaving him in possession of the White Umbuluzi farm, which they had named Dinedor, which he still owns. He is proud of the fact that the same lands have been producing good crops ever since 1921 and that he has stopped or prevented soil erosion everywhere on the farm; and has bred one of the finest herds of beef cattle in Swaziland.

Besides his farming activities he tried to be of service to Swaziland in other ways. He kept the Farmersí Association going through War years and also the Show. He served on the Road Board and the Liquor Licensing Board for thirty years and on the old European Advisory Council for 25 years before Independence.

His first wife Mollie was crippled by arthritis but had three daughters, Mrs. R. M..Harding of Dinedor, which is now managed by her son John Wallis Harding; Mrs. E..D..Olivier wife of the former Head of the Swaziland Police College; and Anne who was killed in a car accident aged 22 in 1963. Mollie died in 1950.

In 1955 G. L. Wallis married the widow of J. W. Reilly of McCreedy Tin Mine at Mlilwane where he now lives aged ninety.

George Wallis Olivier's British Army Medal Card show that he served in the early part of the Great War, initially in the Berkshire Yeomanry as a Lance Corporal. With the attrition suffered by the army, he transferred to the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry (Lieutenant); then the Hereford Regiment as Second Lieutenant, subsequently promoted to Lieutenant. He was awarded the 1915 Star.

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When in his 80s and living at Mlilwane, G L Wallis wrote many short essays, many of which are autobiographical. Others cover various aspects of life in Swaziland in the period 1921 to 1978, as well as about friends and associates. Many of these essays are now in the possession of Mrs. R M Harding, now living in GLW's original home on the farm (Dinedor), in Swaziland.

G. L. Wallis was frequently mentioned through the 1930s in The Times of Swaziland newspaper, then published weekly on Thursdays. Some extracts from these mentions are transcribed below. Bound volumes of The Times of Swaziland dating from the 1930s to the 1960s are in the possession of Mrs. R M Harding. These are probably the only copies of this newspaper left in existance.

Last updated 8th November 2008 Person Reference No: 54