Rhodesian Study Circle: Memoir 20 – The Postage Stamps of British Central Africa

Rhodesian Study Circle

The Postage Stamps of British Central Africa

 

The Postage Stamps of British Central Africa by Brian Coop, with contributions by Alan Drysdall, Chris Moffat and Mark Ladd.  Memoir 20 of the Rhodesia Study Circle; 152 pages with illustrations in colour.  Photocopied on A4 with card and transparent plastic covers, spiral bound.

This Memoir provides an accessible update to the stamp issues of British Central Africa which existed for only 16 years between 1891 and 1907 before becoming Nyasaland, now Malawi.  During that time it produced an overprint, (on the BSAC issue), 4 definitive issues and at least 3 provisionals some of which have been little studied.  The Memoir seeks to look at all these more closely drawing on the work of Hillman, De Robeck and Gerald Simpson, providing a historical perspective to the issues and adding much original research.  It has drawn extensively on the De La Rue Correspondence and Photographic Record at The National Postal Museum and Archive, looking at the essays proofs and colour trials culminating in a comprehensive listing of this important aspect of the stamps.

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  • Memoir: 20
  • Author: Brian Coop (with contributions by Alan Drysdall, Chris Moffat, and Mark Ladd)
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Rhodesian Study Circle: Memoir 18 – Cross-Border Mail via Northern Rhodesia

Rhodesian Study Circle

Memoir 18 – Cross-Border Mail via Northern Rhodesia

From Schuckmannsburg via Shesheke, from Mbeyahof via Fife, from Vua and Tua via Sumbu, and from Kazombo via Mongu and Kalene Hill – these are but some of the postal routes explored in this Memoir, which marks the completion of an examination of Northern Rhodesian postal history led by that former Petauke resident, Alan Drysdall. In the last two years Alan has collaborated in three Memoirs concerning the early postal history of Northern Rhodesia.

In this Memoir he again teams up with Australian, Paul Peggie, to illustrate (literally and metaphorically) instances of cross-border mail via Northern Rhodesia. This is a tale of missionaries (the Springers, Dan Crawford, the Fishers and others) and early administrators in areas in Central Africa where formal boundaries were still evolving. The fact that the authors have chosen to define cross-border mail in a rather generous fashion is a great blessing. It allows the reader (and I am sure that there will be many) to be exposed to some fascinating items of postal history. The Memoir is produced, indexed and illustrated in a manner that is both pleasing and professional.

This Memoir not only complements Memoirs 13 (The Postal History of North-Eastern Rhodesia) and 15 (The early Postal history of Barotseland: the role of the Paris Missionaries in N.W. Rhodesia), it is an important addition to the understanding of subject matter. It is also a testament to the collaborate nature of the members of the RSC and of the Circle’s commitment to serious research provided in a lively and interesting fashion. The authors deserve our congratulations. Alan Drysdall deserves a medal for bringing this trilogy on Northern Rhodesian postal history to us all in so short a time.

70 pages with 56 illustrations, in colour, A4 with card and transparent plastic covers and spiral bound.

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  • Memoir: 18
  • Author: Alan Drysdall and Paul Peggie
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Rhodesian Study Circle: Memoir 4 – Rhodesia’s Role in the Second Anglo-Boer War

Rhodesian Study Circle

Rhodesia’s Role in the Second Anglo-Boer War

Dr Alan Drysdall collaborated with the Anglo-Boer War Society to produce a Memoir focusing on the participation of Rhodesian forces in the war and the philatelic record of that participation which has survived.

The work is not only an historical record of the war but includes up to one hundred illustrations of covers and other memorabilia from the time.

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  • Memoir: 4
  • Author: Alan Drysdall
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Rhodesian Study Circle: Memoir 6 – The Fletcher Jones (Revised) & Storey Correspondence

Rhodesian Study Circle

The Fletcher Jones (Revised) & Storey Correspondence

 

Memoir 5, the Fletcher Jones correspondence, proved to be something of a best-seller, and by mid 2005 it was apparent that the last copies were likely to be sold before the end of the year.

Rather than simply reprint the original version, Alan Drysdall decided to compile a completely revised edition incorporating the information published as an update in the Journal in June 2004, a substantial amount of new information resulting from the appearance on the market of a second batch of covers, and some further comments regarding the early postal routes in N.E. Rhodesia.

Added to this extended version of the Fletcher Jones story is an analysis of the Storey correspondence, the original version of which has also been extended as a result of more covers appearing at auction.

The two correspondences, which are contemporaneous, compliment one another in that the covers addressed to Storey illustrate the postal routes between the UK and Chinde, the British Concession at the mouth of the Zambesi, about which very little has ever been published, and the Fletcher Jones covers provide evidence of the postal routes and post offices within B.C.A. and N.E Rhodesia.

Memoir 6 is comb-bound substantial publication, comprising 150 pages of text with more than 50 illustrations, including three pages in colour, and a foldout map of N.E. Rhodesia, also in colour.

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  • Memoir: 6
  • Author: Dr. A Drysdall
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Rhodesian Study Circle: Memoir 9 – Early Gold Mining in Southern Rhodesia

Rhodesian Study Circle

Early Gold Mining in Southern Rhodesia

This profusely illustrated memoir explains the rather complex mining regulations and describes 23 different types of certificate together with the appropriate stamp duties, many of which varied during the period under review.

Comb bound with card covers, A4 format, x+ 58 pages, 64 illustrations including 40 in colour and 10 tables.

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  • Memoir: 9
  • Author: Christopher J Cooksey
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