1979 – Last Day of Rhodesia

Last Day of Rhodesia

31 May 1979

On 31 May 1979, Ian Smith left the stage as Prime Minister on the last day of white rule in Rhodesia. His legacy was a state unrecognised by the international community, subjected to trade boycotts, and a country ravaged by civil war.

On his last day in office, he addressed himself to the country’s white minority during a televised press conference, in which he said that the territory’s new government would collapse unless whites remained to fight on in the army.

His successor, Bishop Muzorewa, ushered in the state of Zimbabwe Rhodesia with a pre-taped midnight television address to the country.

Commemorative Covers

The two sized covers (below) were presented in a specially printed linen folder, bound (above).

Other covers