• Editorial                                                                                        
  • Membership News and Information                         
  • Matters Arising                                                                            
  • Members Ask                                                                               
  • Members Share                                                                       
  • Reports of Meetings:
  • Melbourne (9 and 10 May, 2020)                                
  • Manchester (30 May, 2020)      
  • Air mail between Rhodesia and Russia in the 1930’s – Peter Wingent
  • Soliloquies – Dirk Kind
  • An early share certificate from the Bulawayo Stock Exchange – Mike Barter
  • A ‘receipt’ postcard from Kasama – Mark Thomas
  • An interesting 1910 Quitrent variation ex Bulawayo – Patrick Flanagan
  • Tschinde – a pictorial review from the African Lakes Archives – Stuart Ross
  • Rhodesia & Nyasaland Archival Material – Patrick Flanagan   
  • World War II Mail – Keith Harrop
  • Some Northern Rhodesia cancels from the Federation Period – Terry Devine      
  • Plumtree School – Mike Hughes   
  • A forty-year love affair – Bob Gibbs   
  • A Tale of Two Plates –  A Doublehead Puzzle Explored – Bob Looker
  • Alfred Bertrand 1856 – 1924, Geneva explorer, adventurer and philanthropist Ian Menzies
  • Joseph Edward McMaster: Postmaster General – British Central Africa – Brian Coop
  • The 1924 Double Head “Remainders” – Another Update – Peter Merrick, Simon Hensman and Robert Gallimore
  • A cover to Miss Borrow – Derek Lambert, Mike Barter and Dirk Kind     
  • North of the Zambesi revisited – Tony Banks
  • Samuel Koslowsky – Family Matters in Philately – Walter Herdzik   
  • Samuel Koslowsky, my Father – Sonja Stein
  • An Entire from Livingstone in October, 1913 – Bob Gibbs























The Gold Mines of Southern Rhodesia to 1924 – D A Mitchell and G W Begg

The Gold Mines of Southern Rhodesia to 1924

D A Mitchell and G W Begg

This well researched book of 304 pages provides an in depth study of the gold mines in Southern Rhodesia. Early chapters cover mining history, mining law and mining documents. Then follows a listing of 125 mines each with its history, postal history, output of the mine and its location shown by both a map and geographical co-ordinates (an example of the map for Shamrock Mine is shown in the September 2019 Journal).

The manuscript of the book is dated 1996 when reproduction techniques were not as advanced as they are today, thus the quality of the black and white illustrations of covers and documents is not up to modern standards. The sections on mining documents and postal history are perhaps better covered elsewhere but the strength of the book lies in the history and geography of each mine. All mines are covered even if they had no post office and even towns which had a mine but “mine” was not in the post office name.”


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Southern Rhodesia – King George V Philately – Otto Peetoom

Southern Rhodesia – King George V Philately

Otto Peetoom

Researched and written by Otto Peetoom, Southern Rhodesia King George V Philately. A4 size and in full colour. The book covers the following topics:

  • Early History, The lead up to Self Government, Continued use of the BSAC Admirals
  • The 1924 – 35 Stamp issues in depth, including Archival Material and Varieties.
  • Booklets
  • Perfins, Sample Stamps, Revenues, Postal Stationery, Post Offices (opened & closed) Postal Rates
  • Early Aviation, TPO’s, Postal History


  • Release Date: Pre-Order
  • Pages: 208
  • Price: £30 + P&H

Journal of the Rhodesian Study Circle: No.279 June 2020

Vol. 70 No.3 June 2020/No.279

  • Editorial
  • From the RSC Council
  • Members News and Information
  • Book Review
  • A new world in philately
  • Matters Arising
  • Members Ask
  • Members Share
  • Reports of RSC Meetings
    • ‘Virtual’ Meetings (11/4/2020)
  • In Search of the “Intruder” – Allen Kirkpatrick and David Spivack
  • On stamps, birds and Mana Pools – H.D. Mitchell
  • The story of two Gatoomas: a forgotten history of philatelic significance – Rob Burrett
  • The story around an 1899 postal stationery card from Barotseland – Patrick Flanagan and Sean Burke
  • Northern Rhodesia hand sketched essays (competitive) for the 1953 Rhodes Centenary Issue – Patrick Flanagan
  • Air mail cover from Southern Rhodesia to Seychelles – Peter Wingent
  • Early Rhodesian newspapers: 1891 Mashonaland Herald, 1894 Matabele Times and 1897 The Nugget – Patrick Flanagan
  • The Role of Chinde in the Early Mails of BCA and North-Eastern Rhodesia – Mark Ladd
  • The Glasgow Zambesia and the Coillard Memorial Hall in Livingstone, Zambia – Sean Burke
  • On Monteverdi from Sefula – Patrick Flanagan
  • The Abolition of Slavery in Barotseland – Paul Peggie and Sean Burke
  • Quitrent in Rhodesia 1894 to 1934 Adrian de Bourbon and Christopher Cooksey
  • A United Nations and Kariba Dam Cover – Walter Herdzik
  • 1917 Rhodesia Inverted Penny Surcharges – Dave Cooper
  • The King and Queen Issue of 1910 One Penny with Compound Perforations – Bernard Livermore
  • One of the remarkable women in Barotseland – Sean Burke (with help from Keith Harrop & Peter Wingent)
    A new £1 Double Head? – Simon Hensman
  • Three Double Head ‘CTO’ discoveries – Robert Gallimore
  • Gunboat Mail – HMS Herald, Zambezi River 1895 – Brian Coop
  • UMCA Series 3 Postcards – Colin Gardner
  • Celebrating Kariba’s Diamond Jubilee on 17 May, 2020 – Jono Waters
  • The First Postmaster at Kazungula and Sesheke – Sean Burke and Patrick Flanagan
  • A RSC Imaginary Zoom Meeting

Kariba – Legacy of a Vision – Jonathan Waters

Kariba – Legacy of a Vision

Jonathan Waters

Kariba Dam was ‘Africa’s Greatest Mass of Masonry Since the Pharaohs Built the Pyramids’, the Sunday Mail thundered on completion of the wall in 1959. In this picture-rich book, the construction of what remains the world’s biggest man-made lake is retold by those involved in the project.

Strong on social history, Kariba – Legacy of a Vision by Jonathan Waters contains the stories of over 100 people who drove the development of industries around the lake in the six decades since its completion.


  • Release Date: 1 June 2020
  • Pages: 320
  • Publisher: New Zanji
  • Price: USD$40 + P&H

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Journal of the Rhodesian Study Circle: No.278 May 2020

Vol. 70 No.2 May 2020/No.278

  • Editorial
  • Chairman’s Report
  • Members News and Information
  • Book Review
  • Matters Arising
  • Members Ask
  • Rhodesia 1890-1924. The Postal History and Stamps of the British South Africa Company. Display to the Royal Philatelic Society London 20 February 2020 By Colin Hoffman RDPSA, FRPSL
  • Reports of RSC Meetings:
    • Melbourne (14/3/2020)
    • Harare (8/2/2020)
    • Johannesburg (22/2/2020)
  • Overprint Oddities, a sign of Zambia’s Postal Woes? – Adam Goulding
  • Three interesting ‘historical’ documents – Adrian de Bourbon
  • The Gwelo ‘M’ Post Office – Mike Hughes
  • Bulawayo brochures, publicity items in which postal rates and times are shown – Rob Burrett
  • Queen Elizabeth II material ex Archives – Patrick Flanagan
  • Preamble to the Colours and Printings of the Rhodesia Double Head – Stephen Reah-Johnson and Simon Hensman
  • The Chaos at ZIMPOST in 2019 – Geoff Brakspear
  • Some interesting BCA / Nyasaland items – Patrick Flanagan and John Shawley 
  • Rhodesia Admiral Postal Stationery Cards – Andrew Wilkie
  • 1915 Registered Linen Parcel Tag with 2/6d Die II Plate 3 State 3 (SG Unlisted); two strips of three and one block of ten and four single copies – Allen Kirkpatrick
  • 1959 Rhodesia & Nyasaland 2½d Fairbridge Memorial – Dave Cooper
  • Some further thoughts about the postcards published by the Paris Missionary Society in Barotseland – Sean Burke
  • The British South Africa Company, King George V Admiral Series. Rediscovering
    the Origin of the Portrait – David Spivack and Colin Hoffman RDPSA, FRPSL
  • Early map of Bulawayo 1896 – Mike Barter
  • Early revenue usage of Rhodesia’s first stamps – Mike Barter
  • Memoir 32: McNeil’s Giraffe: The African Sketches of a Scottish PostmasterAnita McCullough

Encyclopedia: Zimbabwe 2000-2019


Zimbabwe 2000-2019




Rhodesian Study Circle: Memoir 32 – McNeil’s Giraffe: The African Sketches of a Scottish Postmaster

Rhodesian Study Circle

McNeil’s Giraffe: The African Sketches of a Scottish Postmaster

Memoir 32, McNeil’s Giraffe: The African Sketches of a Scottish Postmaster (ISBN 978-1-908365-09-5) is the quintessential North-Eastern Rhodesia back-story shedding light on the Edwardians of the Tanganyika Plateau. Postcards, photographs – and Jim McNeil’s irrepressible creativity – reveal the many commercial hopes, and the administrative and domestic challenges of the era.

This account gives a new voice to the second-wave pioneers of NER and BCA who followed the terrestrial telegraph line, developed the missions, took the lake steamers and relied on the postal system for their well-being and sustenance.

Mporokoso’s native commissioner and poet, Cullen Gouldsbury, says in his 1908 book ‘An African Year’, that the “especial charm of Plateauland … is the drive, deeply implanted in the human breast, to be, as it were, a Triton among the minnows. Man who in London or Glasgow would be chained to a wholly uninteresting office-stool, unnoticed and unknown, rises here in his own small sphere, to the dignity of a plenipotentiary.” This man surely was Jim McNeil, postmaster and telegraphist of Abercorn.

“I found it an enthralling read … absolutely fascinating and accessible … an astonishing bit of sustained research; no stone unturned …rooted in diary entries and personal letters and illustrates the lives of some remarkable people … a really great run of rare photographs.” Richard Rathbone, Emeritus Professor, Department of History, Religions & Philosophies, SOAS.


  • Memoir: 32
  • Title: McNeil’s Giraffe: The African Sketches of a Scottish Postmaster
  • Author: Anita McCullough
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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

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.

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