‘Salt and Light’


‘Salt and Light’ tells the story of Jack and Mamie Martin’s life in Malawi (then Nyasaland) in the 1920s through their own words. The book was compiled from letters and diaries by their daughter, Margaret Sinclair in 2003. It provides valuable historical background to the work of the Mamie Martin Fund. Exracts from Salt and Light have been selected and recorded by Mamie’s granddaughter, Mariot Dallas. They are presented below in chronological order of Mamie’s experiences.

Extract 1: Mamie’s excitement at her new life in Malawi (1921)

Extract 2: Mamie and Jack’s first Christmas in Malawi (1921)

Extract 3: Mamie is made Matron of the boarders (1922)

Extract 4: Jack describes a 30-mile walk home from ulendo, crossing the flooded Lweyo river (March 1922)