Rhodesian Study Circle: Memoir 15 – The Early Postal History of Barotseland

Rhodesian Study Circle

The Early Postal History of Barotseland; the Role of the Paris Missionaries in N.W. Rhodesia

 

The origins of this Memoir lie in Paul Peggie’s substantial collection of the postal history of the Paris Missionary Society in Barotseland. Paul’s early research and collecting provided the beginnings for this remarkable work of collaboration, with two of the authors in Australia, and details of the 200 covers listed coming from another dozen collectors. It is a detailed account of the early postal history of the area that became the Barotse Province of Northern Rhodesia, (and thus is the early postal history of N.W. Rhodesia.) as illustrated by the correspondence of the personnel of the Mission Évangelique du Haut Zambèze de la Société Évangelique de Paris, led in the first instance by François Coillard.

The courage, determination, ingenuity and faith of the missionaries, who within a generation transformed an extremely cruel, primitive society, cannot fail to impress. They communicated with their headquarters in Paris and with their supporters in western Europe as often as possible, and it was because of the demand that they created that the first postal routes serving the missions on the ‘upper’ Zambezi were developed, initially via Bechuanaland Protectorate, then a runner service via Kazungula and Bulawayo, followed by a route via Livingstone and a runner and ox-cart service, and finally utilising the rail link to Bulawayo.

The story of the mission is told in published accounts by Coillard (photographed above in 1902 at Sesheke surrounded by fellow missionaries), his niece and others who were involved, but it is also to be read in the messages on the cards and is vividly illustrated by the 12 or more series of postcards that were produced to publicise the mission and raise funds. The main chapters of the book describe the postal routes and rates, but there is an introductory chapter and a final chapter describing and illustrating the postcards. There are 112 illustrations, a useful index and four tables of information about the people, the rates and the covers traced.

This Memoir, the 11th in which Alan Drysdall has had a hand, contains much social history interest, and will be essential to those interested in the postal history of Central Africa. It can also provide a useful reference for postal historians generally.

The Early Postal History of Barotseland; the Role of the Paris Missionaries in N.W. Rhodesia by Sean Burke, Alan Drysdall RDP, RDPSA and Paul Peggie, Memoir 15 of the Rhodesian Study Circle; 144 pages with 112 illustrations, the majority, including all the covers and postal stationery cards, in colour; photocopied on A4 with card and transparent plastic covers and spiral bound.

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  • Memoir: 15
  • Author: Sean Burke, Alan Drysdall and Paul Peggie
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Rhodesian Study Circle: Memoir 14 – The ‘Large Falls’ Stamps of Southern Rhodesia

Rhodesian Study Circle

The ‘Large Falls’ Stamps of Southern Rhodesia

 

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  • Memoir: 14
  • Author: Alan Drysdall
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Rhodesian Study Circle: Memoir 13 – The Postal History of North-Eastern Rhodesia

Rhodesian Study Circle

Memoir 13 – The Postal History of North-Eastern Rhodesia

In Memoir 13, too, we find a gathering of stars; in this case some of the finest known early postal history from North-Eastern Rhodesia.

This Memoir is, however, much more than a collection of extraordinary items of postal history. Drawing from the collections of a number of members of the RSC, the items of postal history provide a skeleton upon which the authors construct a remarkable examination of early postal routes, post offices, postal rates and postal stationery. And there is so much more.

Chapters on cross-border mail (with the Belgian Congo, German East Africa and Portuguese East Africa) and the cross-Africa expedition of Lt Paul Graetz, also provide a veritable feast for the reader. Many philatelic publications can be somewhat dry and appeal to a few; this is not the case with this Memoir.

Using images and words drawn from primary sources, along with the superb illustrations of the postal history, Alan Drysdall and Anita McCullough have produced something that will appeal to the specialist and many others. The index is substantial, maps abound and it will provide, for many years to come, an important resource to those who collect and research in the area.

For over twenty years the catalogues of R.M. Gibbs’ auctions of his Double Head and Admiral collections have been essential to those who are seriously interested in collecting in that area. So, too, will this publication be to the postal historian interested in early Northern Rhodesia.

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  • Memoir: 13
  • Author: Alan Drysdall and Anita McCullough
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Rhodesian Study Circle: Memoir 12 – Surcharged Mail and the Postage Due Stamps of Northern Rhodesia 1924–64

Rhodesian Study Circle

Surcharged Mail and the Postage Due Stamps of Northern Rhodesia 1924–64

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  • Memoir: 12
  • Author: A.R. Drysdall and O.Peetoom
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Rhodesian Study Circle: Memoir 11 – The Dies and Plates for the Early Stamp Issues of Northern Rhodesia

Rhodesian Study Circle

The Dies and Plates for the Early Stamp Issues of Northern Rhodesia and Highlights of the Collections of the Livingstone Museum

This is an account of the philatelic items in the Livingstone Museum – the dies, transfer rollers and plates for the 1925 NR stamps; the dies for the KG VI stamps, plates for the Coronation stamps and the dies for the KG V postal stationery; the handstamps used on hut tax receipts; sheets and blocks of the Rhodesia stamps overprinted ‘B.C.A.’; a couple of rare early airmail covers; and a miscellany of other items.

Many of the items, including the stamps, are illustrated in colour. (The Memoir comprises a total of 40 pages, including the prelims and index, 15 of which are in colour.)

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  • Memoir: 11
  • Author: Dr. A Drysdall
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Rhodesian Study Circle: Memoir 5 – The Fletcher Jones Correspondence

Rhodesian Study Circle

The Fletcher Jones Correspondence

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  • Memoir: 5
  • Author: Dr. A Drysdall and J. Catterall
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Rhodesian Study Circle: Memoir 29 – Colours and Printings of the Rhodesia Bi-coloured Admirals

Rhodesian Study Circle

A Study of the Colours and Printings of the Rhodesia Bi-coloured Admirals

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  • Memoir: 29
  • Author: Stephen Reah-Johnson
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Rhodesian Study Circle: Memoir 8 – The Postal Stationery of the British South Africa Company 1890 – 1924

Rhodesian Study Circle

Memoir 8 – The Postal Stationery of the British South Africa Company 1890–1924

 

The subject is covered in great depth. As well as bringing up to date information included in past Journals it includes much new research.

Comb bound with card covers, A4 format, 77 pages with 10 illustrations plus the front cover in colour.

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  • Memoir: 8
  • Author: Cliff Wheatley and Keith Hanman (with chapters by Colin Hoffman, Ian Johnstone and Robson Lowe).
  • Editor: Alan Drysdall
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Rhodesian Study Circle: Memoir 7 – The KG VI Postage and Revenue Stamps of Northern Rhodesia

Rhodesian Study Circle

The KG VI Postage and Revenue Stamps of Northern Rhodesia

At the time the Rhodesian Study Circle was founded in 1948, King George VI was on the throne and the stamps described in this memoir were the current definitive issue in Northern Rhodesia. Wilf Nodder, the founding father of the Study Circle and the first Hon. Editor of what was originally the Bulletin, provided a running commentary on the various post-World War II changes of colour, etc., as they happened. Northern Rhodesia, with definitive stamps based on a design unique to the Colony, was then popular with collectors.

Subsequent contributors in the 1950s, and in particular Rex Pearce, then resident in Kitwe, continued the commentary on events. However, from the late 1950s, interest in the KG VI stamps of Northern Rhodesia began to decline, as indeed did interest in King George VI issues in general, as many collectors switched their interest to the QE II issues or, disillusioned with the proliferation of new issues, began to collect in accordance with a new ‘fashion’, namely postal history.

In recent years there has been an upsurge in interest in the KG VI issues of the Commonwealth as a whole. In order to overcome shortages of paper, ink and spare parts for machinery, not to mention the devastating effects of being bombed, the various printers had to make use of what was available, providing a challenging field for study, particularly as the records dating from the war years are incomplete. It is certainly timely to publish an updated account of Northern Rhodesia’s KG VI definitives that incorporates the results of continuing research undertaken by a few dedicated aficionados. Those results will surprise and perhaps inspire you.

Comb-bound with card covers, A4 format, xii + 74p, 35 illustrations, including 6 colour plates

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  • Memoir: 7
  • Author: Alan Drysdall, Ian Lane, and Jean Cheston
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