8-21 August 1965
The Salisbury Festival was an arts festival held between 8-21 August, in 1965.
A pictorial and documentary exhibition on the history of Salisbury was organised as a contribution to the festival and attracted considerable interest.
Rhodesian Grand Prix
28 November 1965
The Rhodesian Grand Prix was an open-wheel motor race held in the 1960’s and 70s, most often as a round of the South African Formula One Championship. During that time it played host to wide variety of racing cars, Formula One, Formula 5000, Formula Two, Formula Atlantic as well as locally created racing cars.
Originally held on an airfield circuit in Belvedere, Harare, the race moved to another airfield circuit, the James McNeillie Circuit in Bulawayo for ten years. In 1971 the race moved to the purpose-built facility, the Breedon Everard Raceway in Bulawayo before moving to its final home at Donnybrook Raceway in Harare.
Rhodesian driver John Love was the most accomplished, winning the race six times between 1963 and 1972.
Papal Visit of Pope John Paul II
10-13 September 1988
In 1988, Pope John Paul II made his fourth visit to Africa and his 39th apostolic journey. The Pope made a 10-day tour that was scheduled to touch down in every country that bordered South Africa while pointedly avoiding the country itself.
His first stop was Zimbabwe. On the 10 September he visited Harare where he met with followers at the Borrowdale Racecourse. On the 12 September he visited Bulawayo. While in Zimbabwe he endorsed economic sanctions against the Pretoria Government when a bill to impose them was facing strong Republican opposition in the United States Congress.
He left on 13 Sept where he travelled to Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, with a detour through South Africa.
The Golden Series
Zimbabwe International Trade Fair
1989 Africa’s Best Seller
- Date of Issue: 1989
- Process: Lithographed
- Perf: Roulette
- Booklet: N/A
Central African Trade Fair
11th – 12th May, 1960
The first Central African Trade Fair was opened on 11th May, 1960, by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
The original site had been used since 1899 as the Agricultural Showgrounds but was expanded between 1959-1960 to 64 acres after additional land was acquired from Bulawayo Municipality. New road, electrical and sewerage schemes were installed and a new exhibition hall, the Tony Ellman-Brown Hall, was built.
The total cost of these new additions was over £250 million. In addition to the money spent on new infrastructure, thousands more pounds were spent by individual exhibitors and countries on the construction of prestige pavilions.
From 1969, it became known as Trade Fair Rhodesia.
- One Hundred Years of Industry in Bulawayo
1959 – Central African Jamboree