1951 – Nyasaland Diamond Jubilee Exhibition

Nyasaland Diamond Jubilee Exhibition

Limbe

As part of Nysaland’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the Central African Archives hosted an exhibition at the Limbe Convent School. The exhibition was opened by the acting Governor, C. W. F. Footman.

The exhibition was divided into 10 sections; Discovery of Africa, Explorers, Slave Trade, Missions, Consuls, Transport and Communications, Police and Military, Press, Adminstration, and Trade and Development. The Nyasaland Society staged a display with various native artefacts.

The Nyasaland Postal Department  was also present, providing facilities for sending commemorative covers stamped with Diamond Jubilee stamps. The covers were stamped with the original ‘Chiromo’ stamp (the first stamp used in Nyasaland). The mail was then dispatched to the Blantyre Post Office by a messenger dressed in a uniform similar to that worn by the mail-carrier in the early days.

After the exhibition ended, the exhibits were stored at the Provincial Commissioner’s Office in Blantyre in hope they would be used as a basis for a Nyasaland Museum by the Nyasaland Society.

Details

  • Date: 7th – 21st July, 1951
  • Location: Limbe

Commemorative Covers

Postmarks

Stamp Release

References

  • The Nyasaland Journal Vol.4 No.2 1951
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Postmarks: 1951 – Nyasaland Diamond Jubilee Exhibition

Postmarks

1951 – Nyasaland Diamond Jubilee Exhibition

The Nyasaland Postal Department provided facilities at the 1951 Nyasaland Diamond Jubilee Exhibition for sending commemorative covers stamped with Diamond Jubilee stamps.

The covers were stamped with the original ‘Chiromo’ barred-circle obliterator (the first obliterator used in Nyasaland). The mail was then dispatched to the Blantyre Post Office by a messenger dressed in a uniform similar to that worn by the mail-carrier in the early days.

Nodder and Twynam believe that the obliterator was actually an ‘O’ with a nick made to produce the ‘C’.

A special postmark was also used as part of the associated stamp release.

Commemorative Covers

References

  • The Journal of the Rhodesian Study Circle No.178
  • The Nyasaland Journal Vol.4 No.2 1951
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Commemorative Covers: 1951 Nyasaland Diamond Jubilee Exhibition

Commemorative Covers

1951 Nyasaland Diamond Jubilee Exhibition

It is probable that this smaller version of the First Day Cover was produced specifically for the Nyasaland Diamond Jubilee Exhibition.

Only covers of this size have been seen stamped with the ‘C’ obliterator.

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Travelling Post Office: 1924 South Africa Parliamentary Tour

Travelling Post Office

1924 South Africa Parliamentary Tour

 

A special train was provided to the delegates of the 1924 South Africa Parliamentary Tour to act as their headquarters throughout the tour. The train also had a post office on board for use by the delegates.

Of note, the Australian delegation included the Postmaster-General of Australia.

Postmarks

A special postmark was available for the tour. The postmark was inscribed in both English and Afrikaans and coloured purple/violet.

5th October (Victoria Falls)
6th October (Victoria Falls)
7th October (Victoria Falls)
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1924 – South Africa Parliamentary Tour

South Africa Parliamentary Tour

 

In 1924, for the first time in history, delegates from five parliaments of the British Empire met together to promote a more cordial understanding between Britain and the dominions in a country other than Britain (previous meetings were held only in London).

The tour also provided an opportunity for the representatives of the Parliamentary Association to study the problems and possibilities of the host country for discussion at future Parliamentary or Inter-Empire discussions.

Eight representatives sailed from Melbourne, Australia on the 29th July. New Zealand sent four delegates. Delegates from Britain and Canada arrived on the Saxonia on 8th August (Some of the British delegates had to return to Britain during the tour due to the Irish Boundary dispute). Newfoundland were unable to send a delegation. All visitors were treated as guests of the Union of South Africa with sea fares were paid by the South African Government.

A special train was provided to the delegates to act as their headquarters throughout the tour. The train also had a post office on board for use by the delegates.

Although the tour started in Durban, South Africa, the first meeting was actually held in the afternoon of 10th September at Maseru, Basutoland. The meeting was opened by South Africa’s Governor-General, Lord Althone while the Secretary of State for the Colonies, J.H. Thomas, presided over the meeting. Delegates debated the present methods of the exchange of information (both inter-parliamentary and in relation to foreign affairs) and ways this could be improved.

In the newly formed Southern Rhodesia, representatives from each delegate met the Cabinet and Leader of the Opposition to extend an invitation for Southern Rhodesia to participate in future schemes of the Empire Parliamentary Association.

In South Africa at the start of the tour in Cape Town, guests were entered to a Luncheon held by Prime Minister Hertzog. At the end of the tour, the Prime Minister also held a dinner at Pretoria. Delegates praised the Prime Minister not only for the arrangements but also for the individual talks afforded to the guests.

The tour was seen as highly beneficial with delegates proposing a representative of each parliament in the Empire visit each other’s country for an informal conference at least once every two years.

Details

  • Date: 1st September – 31st October, 1924
  • Location: Southern Africa

Post Office & Postmarks

Itinerary

  • 1924.09.01 – South Africa (Durban)
  • 1924.09.02 – Zululand
  • 1924.09.05 – Natal
  • 1924.09.08 – Orange Free State
  • 1924.09.10 – Basutoland (Maseru)
  • 1924.09.12 – Orange Free State
  • 1924.09.13 – South Africa (Cape Province)
  • 1924.09.29 – Southern Rhodesia (Bulawayo)
  • 1924.10.03 – Southern Rhodesia (Fort Victoria)
  • 1924.10.04 – Southern Rhodesia (Victoria Falls)
  • 1924.10.10 – Transvaal
  • 1924.10.18 – Portuguese East Africa (Delagoa Bay)
  • 1924.10.23 – South Africa (Cape Province)

References

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Nyasaland Air Week: 1933 – From Nyasaland to Northern Rhodesia

Nyasaland Air Week

First Flight from Nyasaland to Northern Rhodesia

 

From Blantyre to Fort Jameson
From Limbe to Fort Jameson
From Zomba to Fort Jameson
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Nyasaland Air Week: 1933 – First Internal Mail Flight – Zomba to Lilongwe

Nyasaland Air Week

First Internal Mail Flight

 

From Zomba to Lilongwe
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1935 – Fifth Imperial Press Conference

Fifth Imperial Press Conference

Cape Town

The Fifth Imperial Press Conference was opened in Cape Town in 1935. As part of the conference, the Imperial Press Union toured attractions within southern Africa. Delegates from Britain and Canada arrived via the Warick Castle. All delegates were accommodated at the University of Cape Town.

The Conference was opened by the Governor-General, Lord Clarendon. Some of the main topics discussed at the conference wer the reduction of charges for cable and wireless charges, Press censorship and libel laws, Empire news services, radio broadcasting, and subsidised competition.

The South African Railways had arranged for two luxurious trains, each with an observation car, a dining car and an office car in which contained a travelling post office.

Details

  • Date: 5th-10th February, 1935
  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Post Office & Postmarks

Itinerary

  • 1935.02.13 – Bulawayo
  • 1935.02.14 – Bulawayo
  • 1935.02.15 – Victoria Falls
  • 1935.02.16 – Victoria Falls
  • 1935.02.17 – Salisbury
  • 1935.02.20 – Fort Victoria

References

 

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