Aerogrammes of British Central Africa

Aerogrammes of British Central Africa

This listing will deal with the special printed forms used in the three countries of British Central Africa as a means of providing an inexpensive air mail service using a custom designed air letter form. It is not confined to postal stationery (that is stationery produced bearing an imprinted valid postage stamp and sold by or on behalf of a postal authority) but will include air letter sheets and aerogrammes issued without an imprinted stamp, provided there is evidence of the use of that form of air letter sheet or aerogrammes in one or more of the countries.

As and when new information is received the relevant chapters will be updated and republished. Please note that this could involve the renumbering of the items within a chapter. Be sure to always use the latest update, which will be dated.

If you would like to contribute any information, please Contact Us.

Many thanks,
Adrian de Bourbon
November 2019



  • Hugh Amoore
  • Sean Burke
  • Geoff Brakspear
  • Tony Banks
  • James Gavin
  • Keith Harrop
  • Barry Horne
  • Narendrha Morar
  • Dave Trathen
  • Otto Peetoom
  • Allan Rendle
  • Stuart Ross
  • Mark Thomas

Spink: The Philatelic Collectors’ Series – January, 2020


The Philatelic Collectors Series


  • Date: 30th January, 2020
  • Catalogue: Order via website link. PDF not yet available.
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Zimbabwe Post Offices and Postmarks, the First Decades – Derrick Byrom

Zimbabwe Post Offices and Postmarks, the First Decades

Derrick Byrom


(Detailed listing, status of offices, name changes, spelling changes, opening and closing of offices, full information – maps – notes, profusely illustrated with new Zimbabwe postmarks, 48 pages A4, squareback and limp cover.)

Derrick Byrom of Harare was the pioneering student of modern Zimbabwe postal history. This publication bears witness to his endeavours in meticulously recording the changes of names and of spelling of place-names and the opening and closing of postal offices during Zimbabwe’s first two decades.

In 1982 he became the exchange packet superintendent of the Mashonaland Philatelic Society, and served collectors in this capacity until his untimely passing in 2000. He won every trophy awarded by the society, and in 1986 was elected to honorary membership. Derrick Alan Byrom was born in Salisbury, Rhodesia, as it then was, on 12 June 1938. After passing the Cambridge School Certificate at Prince Edward High School in 1955, he joined the then Native Affairs Department as a clerk and worked in rural areas for seven years, later moving to other government departments. He retired as Chief Executive Officer of the Zimbabwe Department of Home Affairs in 1981, having served 25 years as civil servant.

A highlight in Derrick’s philatelic career was the 30th anniversary celebration in 1998 in Harare of the Rhodesia Study Circle, of which he was made a Fellow in that year. Meanwhile he in 1997 showed “Seldom seen post offices of Zimbabwe” at the South African national philatelic exhibition, Cape Town. His exhibit “Post Offices of Rhodesia and Zimbabwe 1924-1999” in which he traced various changes, achieved a large silver award at the South African national philatelic exhibition Jopex in Johannesburg, 1999. He died in Harare on 8 November 2000, the 60th anniversary day of the founding of the Mashonaland Philatelic Society.

Derrick Byrom collected the range of postal and philatelic material from Zimbabwe independence on 18 April 1980 onwards, including the postmarks, rubber handstamps, registration labels, official post cards, examples of postal slogan cancellations and special event postmarks, first day covers featuring new stamp issues, RAPT charity seals (Rehabilitation and Prevention of Tuberculosis), and notices of postal rate changes, name changes, opening and closing of postal offices – just about everything. In 2004, Mrs Barbara Byrom presented the complete collection, already known as the Byrom legacy, to the Philatelic Federation of South Africa.

Safely kept by the Federation’s Heritage Committee, but unable to do justice to the further classification and suitable handling of the material, the Federation, in 2018, handed the Byrom material to the relevant interest group, the Rhodesia Study Circle, which is a specialist society affiliated to the Federation. On behalf of the Rhodesia Study Circle Patrick, Flanagan RDPSA, made a variety of the postal marks available for illustration in this listing.

This book will be published by the Philatelic Federation of South Africa. (Subscribers will be included in the book.)

Special rates for advanced subscribers (before 31 January, 2020):

  • South Africa R170
  • Zimbabwe R200 (registered),
  • UK and other International £18 (by registered airmail).

If would like to obtain the special rates, please Contact Us.

Philatelic Friends: Auction – September 2019



RSC Journal: No.276 December 2019

Vol. 69 No.5 December 2019/No.276 & Supplement

  • Editorial
  • From the Chairman
  • Annual Conference 2020
  • Membership News and Information
  • Obituaries: Richard Barnett, Gary Brown, David Lee
  • More on Memoirs-in-the-making
  • Zimbabwe post offices and postmarks, The first decades – The Derrick Byrom Legacy
  • Matters Arising
  • Members Ask
  • Members Share
  • RSC Meetings and Exhibitions:
    • Melbourne (7/9/2019)
    • Johannesburg (24/8/2019)
    • MICOPEX, Wisconsin (22-23/9/2019)
    • NZ National Philatelic Exhibition (28-29/9/2019)
    • Cape Town (8/6/2019)
  • Early revenue usage of “Rhodesia’s first stamps” – Mike Barter
  • Stanley Gibbons 2020 ‘Part 1’ BSAC Admiral Catalogue Revisions – Summary of Listing Changes – David Spivack
  • Adventures with the Penny Double Head: The terminal sufferings of the benighted 85B – Bob Gibbs
  • Early Farm Share Certificate Matabeleland 1894 – Mike Barter
  • The cover on the cover of this Journal – Peter Wingent
  • The Southern Rhodesia WWII Triangular Censor Handstamp – Keith Harrop and Mark Loomis
  • Mashonaland Mails 1890 – Colin Hoffman
  • Alluvial Certificates of Registration – Christopher Cooksey
  • Joseph Dobson – First postmaster in North-Western Rhodesia, at Mongu – Mike Barter
  • The RHODESIA ‘Large Arms’ Postal Stationery Cards of 1896 – Andrew Wilkie
  • Transmission by air within the USA – Keith Harrop
  • Mail from S. Rhodesia to Prisoners of War in Germany and Italy – Christopher Cooksey
  • UDI – No Service – Keith Harrop
  • Postcards of the African Lakes Corporation – Stuart Ross
  • Two unrecorded FPO covers – John Shawley
  • Mother Patrick – Mark Loomis
  • Malawi Today – Stuart Ross
  • A remarkable Family of Collectors – Dave Cooper
  • Postal Voting for Overseas Residents – Keith Harrop
  • …something new out of Africa 284 Missionary postal history from Kalene Hill
    and Ndola – Paul Peggie
  • A letter from the King – Patrick Flanagan and Sean Burke
  • Postcard Forum: W. Rausch, Photographer – Andrew Wilkie
  • Airletters of Nyasaland – Adrian de Bourbon
  • Supplement: The BSAC Admirals – A Philatelic Bibliography – David Spivack

Rhodesian Study Circle: Members Auction – July 2019

Rhodesian Study Circle

Members Auction – July 2019

The Rhodesian Study Circle July, 2019 auction is now available. This auction is only available to members of the Rhodesian Study Circle. Not a member? Join now!



RSC Journal: No.274 June 2019

Vol. 69 No.3 June 2019/No.274

  • Editorial
  • Membership News and Information
  • Matters Arising
  • Members Ask
  • Members Share
  • Meetings and Exhibitions:
    • Melbourne (06/03/2019)
    • RSC Conference and AGM (5-7/04/2019)
    • Johannesburg (23/03/2019)
  • The George VI Southern Rhodesia Specimens – Dave Cooper
  • The Reuters Private Telegraph Stamps of Matabeleland Part 2 – Julian Schamroth
  • American Board Mission Postal History – Patrick Flanagan
  • The Mining Documents of Northern Rhodesia – Christopher J Cooksey
  • ‘SPECIMEN’ Perforations on the Small Arms (1898) and their overprints (1909) – Julian Schamroth
  • Another interesting A.J. Storey incoming cover – Brian Coop
  • Smart & Copley Christmas Postcards – James Gavin
  • The Emil Holub and François Coillard connection and a new cover – Paul Peggie and Sean Burke
  • The Thomas de la Rue Southern Rhodesia Essays – Dave Cooper
  • Moses Z. Booleman: The Fort Victoria Connection – Andrew Wilkie
  • The 1d. Cape Postal Stationery Cards Overprinted “MASHONALAND.” (Part 3) – Andrew Wilkie
  • Stories that surround Southern Rhodesia Fiscal Documents – Adrian de Bourbon
  • Malawi Today – Stuart Ross
  • Lake Shipping Company (Private) Limited – Chris Halse
  • A Relief of Mafeking related cover – Justin Corfield
  • An aerophilately cover prepared by L.J. Davidson – David Bradley
  • Two Rhodesia and Nyasaland essays reunited

The Machine Cancellations of Rhodesia 1911-1980 (2nd Edition)


By Mike Hughes

Mike Hughes has replaced his current publication South of the Zambesi Supplement: Machine Cancellations of Rhodesia with a Second Edition entitled The Machine Cancellations of Rhodesia 1911-1980.

The 2nd Edition catalogues circular date stamps, postage paid date stamps, slogans, wave patterns and roller marks with illustrations.

Mike Hughes has generously made the catalogue available as a free download with additional printing instructions are below.

If you have additional information to provide to improve further editions, please Contact Us.


Printing Instructions

We have provided printing instructions for anyone wishing to have the downloaded document printed (and wire bound). This is due to the different presentation formats within the document.

  • Pages 01-02 – Print both sides, colour, portrait, on light card
  • Pages 03-58 – Print both sides, black and white, portrait
  • Pages 59-64 – Print both sides, black and white, landscape
  • Page 65       –  Print both sides, black and white, portrait.


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