1972 – RHOPHIL 72


28 August – 2 September 1972

The Congress of the Philatelic Federation of Southern Africa, through the Mashonaland
Philatelic Society held an exhibition of stamps in the Beit Hall, Girls High School, Salisbury
from 28 August to 2nd September, 1972. The combined events were given the name Rhophil 72.

Owners of recommended collections were invited to exhibit material from a wide international field. The exhibition, hoped to attract displays containing the gems of collections which may not have been shown before, while at the same time, award winning collections could be viewed; the aim being to illustrate some of the many popular facets of philately of both general and specific interest.

Stamp Issues

Commemorative Cachet

First Day Covers produced and sold at the Exhibition had the Rhophil 72 cachet applied
in violet. Covers from the Exhibition have a Salisbury postmark, not a “First Day of Issue” postmark that was applied at the Philatelic Bureau.

Commemorative Covers


Monomatapa Hotel: 1975 – Aloe 75 International Congress

Monomatapa Hotel

1975 – Aloe 75 International Congress

The Aloe 75 congress was held at the newly completed Monomatapa Hotel. A special cover was produced with the commemorative cachet.

1975 – Aloe 75 International Congress: Commemorative Cachet

Aloe 75 International Congress

Commemorative Cachet

A post office was set up at a desk at the Monomatapa Hotel for the sale of first day
covers. A special cachet was produced that was used on all covers posted at the Congress. The cachet mark can be found in both purple and black.

Aloe, Cactus and Succulent Society of Rhodesia
First Day Cover
Monomatapa Hotel


Aloe, Cactus and Succulent Society of Rhodesia: Aloe 75 International Congress

Aloe, Cactus and Succulent Society of Rhodesia

Aloe 75 International Congress

The Aloe, Cactus and Succulent Society of Rhodesia produced a commemorative cover for their International Congress on 16 July 1975. The covers can be found with the commemorative cachet.

Salisbury Stamp Co (Pvt) Ltd: Commemorative Covers – Political Covers

Salisbury Stamp Co (Pvt) Ltd

Commemorative Covers – Political Covers

The Salisbury Stamp Co (Pvt) Ltd produced a number of political commemorative covers during the Unilateral Declaration of Independence by Rhodesia. Up to 21 covers were produced.

1979 – Ceasefire Agreement (19)
1979 – Direct British Rule in Rhodesia (18)

Rhodesian Medical Congress 1968, 1972

1st Rhodesian Medical Congress 1968

Report on 1st Rhodesian Medical Congress 1968

19-25 August 1968


Commemorative Covers

19 August
23 August 1968
24 August 1968
20 August 1968

Some covers were signed by Christiaan Neethling Barnard, a South African cardiac surgeon who performed the world’s first successful human-to-human heart transplant.

2nd Rhodesian Medical Congress 1972

Report on 2nd Rhodesian Medical Congress 1972

2-8 September 1972


1975 – Victoria Falls Bridge Constitutional Conference

Victoria Falls Bridge Constitutional Conference

25 August 1975

The Victoria Falls Conference took place  aboard a South African Railways train halfway across the Victoria Falls Bridge on the border between the unrecognised state of Rhodesia and Zambia. It was the culmination of the “détente” policy introduced and championed by B. J. Vorster, the Prime Minister of South Africa, which was then under apartheid and was attempting to improve its relations with the Frontline States to Rhodesia’s north, west and east by helping to produce a settlement in Rhodesia.

The participants in the conference were a delegation led by the Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith on behalf of his government, and a nationalist delegation attending under the banner of Abel Muzorewa’s African National Council (UANC), which for this conference also incorporated delegates from the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) and the Front for the Liberation of Zimbabwe(FROLIZI). Vorster and the Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda acted as mediators in the conference, which was held on the border in an attempt to provide a venue both sides would accept as neutral.

The conference failed to produce a settlement, breaking up on the same day it began with each side blaming the other for its unsuccessful outcome. Smith believed the nationalists were being unreasonable by requesting preconditions for talks—which they had previously agreed not to do—and asking for diplomatic immunity for their leaders and fighters. The nationalists contended that Smith was being deliberately intransigent and that they did not believe he was sincere in seeking an agreement if he was so adamant about not giving diplomatic immunity.

Commemorative Covers

  • Terence Devine