Colin Harding came to Barotseland in 1899 as Acting British Resident at the age of 26. He had been posted to Northwestern Rhodesia to raise a Police Force and to train them but had to temporarily fill in as Resident. As Resident he travelled widely getting to know the people and the geography.
He was posted to Mongu, near Lealui, the palace of Chief Lewanika with whom he quickly made friends. Chief Lewanika helped Colin Harding in all aspects of his role as Resident until, finally the ‘proper’ Resident, Robert Coryndon, returned a year or so later.
Colin Harding wrote three books, one of which is In Remotest Barotseland which gives us detailed accounts of his travels in the region.