1966 – 1st Anniversary of Independence

1st Anniversary of Independence

11 November 1966


Commemorative Covers


1975 – 18th Jamboree on the Air

18th Jamboree on the Air

18-19 October 1975

ZE1DM (Mashonaland) was part of a Provincial Camp, with the theme of Communications over the weekend of 18th-19th October, 1975 in Ruwa Park. 244 Scouts, Cubs and Leaders attended. With good conditions, the gathering was able to make contact with nations ranging from Australia to UK.

Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) is an international Scouting and Guiding activity held annually; it is on the third full weekend in October. First held in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of Scouting in 1957, it was devised by Leslie R. Mitchell. It is now considered the largest event scheduled by the World Organization of the Scout Movement annually.

Commemorative Cover



1970 – 7th Danie Craven Week

7th Danie Craven Week

12-18 July 1970

The Craven Week is an annual rugby union tournament organised for schoolboys in the Republic of South Africa. The tournament started in July 1964, and is named after the legendary Springbok rugby union player and coach Dr Danie Craven.

In 1970, Craven Week was held in Salisbury to mark the 75th anniversary of the Rhodesian Rugby Football Union. The teams all arrived on Saturday, July 12, and settled in. This process continued until Sunday evening when a service was held in English and Afrikaans. Hard on its heels followed speeches from Mr. Jan Preuyt who is chairman of the South African Schools’ Committee and from Dr. Craven himself.

On Monday, the rugby proper started after the march past of the 24 teams participating. The proceedings opened with Rhodesia ” A” being beaten by Eastern Province. Matches were played throughout the day, half the teams playing one day and the other half the next. Thus there were six matches a day, each team playing two games before Friday. The programme for Saturday was worked out according to the performances put in during the week. As a rough guide, the later in the day a team played, the more it had impressed the officials in its previous encounters.

Evenings were also lull, taken up with mayoral receptions, speeches, film shows and dinners. In addition, on the Friday, when there were no matches, all the teams were taken out to New Sarum, the Rhodesian Air Force base, where an interesting and impressive display was put on. That afternoon the Police presented a dress rehearsal of their annual display and impressed our visitors very much.

Saturday, 18th, the last day, was crammed with activity as 12 matches had to be played. The morning was spent watching Rhodesia “B” thrash their opponents and resting for the afternoon match, a most trying time for the nervous system. As already noted Rhodesia “A” lost to Natal 8-24.

Commemorative Cachet

Commemorative Covers



1970 – 8th Annual Convention of District 412

8th Annual Convention of District 412

8-10 May 1970

The 8th Annual Conference of District 412 was held in Salisbury, Rhodesia.

Commemorative Cachet

Commemorative Covers

8th May, 1970
9th May, 1970


Philately and Postal History of Southern Africa

Date: 4th May, 2017

Location: Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History and at Regis College (College Hall 202), Weston, MA

Website: www.spellmanmuseum.org


  • 8:00: Exhibition opens at the Spellman Museum’s Exhibit Hall
  • 9:00 – 9:30: Walk/drive over to College Hall room 202, at Regis College
  • 9:30: Opening remarks – Yamil H. Kouri Jr. and Tim Bartshe (moderator)
  • 9:45 – 10:25: “Postal History of southern African Pioneers in World War II” by Peter Thy (California, USA)
  • 10:35 – 11:15:“The Intersection of African Liberation and Philately in the Life of an Activist” by Ken Lawrence (Pennsylvania, USA)
  • 11:25 – 12:05: “The NZASM (Transvaal railroad)” by Tim Bartshe (Colorado, USA)
  • 12:05 – 13:00: Lunch at Regis College cafeteria (Dutch treat)
  • 13:00 – 13:40: “The Philatelic Literature of Southern Africa” by Hugh McMackin (California, USA)   
  • 13:50 – 14:30: “Union of South Africa:  The Darmstadt Trials of 1929” by Eddie Bridges (New York, USA)
  • 14:40 – 15:20: “The South African Border War: including the involvement of the Cubans 1966-1989” by Gawie Van der Walt and Johan Joubert (Cape Town, South Africa)
  • 15:30 – 16:10:“The Development of the Cape Eastern Frontier 1864-1910 by Guy Dillaway (Massachusetts, USA)
  • 16:20 – 17:00: Closing remarks and discussion by Tim Bartshe

Southern African Philatelic Societies Joint Conference 2016

Southern African Philatelic Societies Joint Conference

The Southern African Philatelic Societies Joint Conference is an opportunity for all philatelic fans to come and meet representatives from various southern African philatelic societies.

Date: 11th – 13th November, 2016

Location: Honiley Court Hotel, Honiley, near Kenilworth (United Kingdom)

Website: N/A

Staying Over? Anyone can come for just the day, or stay over.  Charges are £75 for single occupancy, £95 for double occupancy plus a delegate’s charge of £12 per day which will include lunch plus tea and coffee.

More information: Contact Us

Rhodesian Study Circle

Otto Peetoom will be making a presentation on the Victoria Falls issue covering various aspects from dies, proofs, postcards, history and more! A must attend event.

All RSC Members are welcome to attend.


Friday, 11th November
  • 18.30pm: Gather in the bar
  • 19.30pm: Dinner
Saturday 12th November
  • 9.00–9.50: Doors Open
  • 9.45-10.00: Welcome & Introduction – Simon Peetoom
  • 10.00–10.45: Apartheid through S.A. Postal History – Bob Hill
  • 10.45–11.30: Victoria Falls – Otto Peetoom
  • 11.30–12.00: Break – Tea & Coffee
  • 12.00–12.40: South Africa Revenues – Tony Howgrave-Graham
  • 12.45–14.00: Lunch Break
  • 14.00–14.45: Postcards of the Boer War – John Cowlin
  • 14.45–15.30: “A Potpourri of Postal Paraphernalia” – Rob & Lyn Lester
  • 15.30–16.00: Break – Tea & Coffee
  • 16.00–16.45: “The Rise & Decline of the National Party in South Africa, 1948/94” – Paul van Zeyl
  • 18:00: Gather in the bar
  • 19.30: Dinner
Sunday 13th November
  • 9.00–9.45: Doors Open
  • 9.45–11.00: Attendees bring-along displays Remembrance Sunday Silence
  • 11.00–11.30: Break
  • 11.30–13.00: Attendees bring-along displays
  • 13.00–13.45: Lunch break
  • 13.45 onwards: Auction – Nick Arrow
  • Auction items available for viewing throughout Saturday & Sunday
  • The auction will not start until all of the bidders are back from lunch!  Please inform Nick Arrow if you are intending to bid.


STAMPEX Spring 2017

Date: 15th – 18th February, 2017

Location: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH.

Website: Philatelic Traders Society


Scottish Philatelic Traders Association


Date: 14th – 15th October, 2016

Location: Dewars Conference Centre, Glover Street, Perth 

Website: www.spta-scotex.com

Most of the Scottish dealers who usually attend Scotex will be there, as will many of the English dealers who come up for this major Scottish fair.

Rhodesian Study Circle

The Rhodesian Study Circle will have a members meeting to coincide with this event.

If you would like more information about our attendance, please feel free to Contact Us.

CHICAGOPEX 2016 – 130th Anniversary

130th Anniversary


Date: 18th – 20th November, 2016

Location: Westin Chicago Northwest

Website: www.chicagopex.org

CHICAGOPEX is held each year in November by the Chicago Philatelic Society and is one of the four largest stamp shows held in the USA that attracts dealers, exhibitors and stamp enthusiasts from around the nation and the world.


National Philatelic Exhibition

Date: 13th – 16th October, 2016

Location: Italian Sporting Club, Johannesburg

Website: www.sapda.co.za

Prospectus: SAPDAPEX 2016 (PDF)

Rhodesian Study Circle

The Rhodesian Study Circle will have a Members Meeting to coincide with this event.

If you would like more information about our attendance, please feel free to Contact Us.


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