National Railways of Zimbabwe Museum

National Railways of Zimbabwe Museum

Raylton

The National Railways of Zimbabwe Museum was established in 1972 as the Bulawayo Railway Museum.

The Museum is situated in the old railway suburb of Raylton just three kilometers from the city center of Bulawayo. On display at the museum are various artifacts rich in Railway history and locomotives used by the NRZ over the years.

The museum also has the Rhodes funeral coach which was made specifically for Cecil Rhodes by an American company. The first locomotive to cross the Victoria Falls bridge the Jack Tar is among the major highlights of the rich historical collection.

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Glendale Farmers’ Association: Stationery (25471)

Glendale Farmers’ Association

Stationery (25471)

Details

  • Date of Issue: April 1969
  • Client: Mazoe (Glendale) Farmers’ Association
  • Reqn.: 25471
  • Printer: Art
  • Paper: White
  • Quantity: 1,000

Livingstone Museum

Livingstone Museum

Livingstone

The Livingstone Museum is the largest and the oldest museum in Zambia, established in the 1934 as the David Livingstone Memorial Museum and was located in the old Magistrate’s Court building.

In 1937 it moved to the United Services Club building. In 1939, The Rhodes-Livingstone Institute was started and incorporated with the David Livingstone Memorial Museum. In 1939 the collection was expanded to include relics of Cecil Rhodes and the British South African Company. In 1946, the Museum and the Institute were separated and the Museum’s name changed to the ‘Rhodes-Livingstone Museum’.

In 1945, fund-raising for a Museum building started. Work on the building started in 1949 and was completed in 1950. It was designed by Major W J Roberts in Spanish style. Jock Millar, former mayor of Livingstone, requested that Harry Susman donate a ‘four-faced’ tower clock to the museum, but before it was unveiled in the museum, Susman died. The museum was officially opened in 1951.

In 1956 the museum was a trustee, along with National Monuments Commission of Northern Rhodesia (later the National Museums Board) and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, of the excavation of the Kalambo Falls Prehistoric Site.

In 1960 the museum recreated villages from five ethnic groups to give visitors a sense of traditional tribal life and to present the “way of life during the bronze and iron age.” In 1963 a research wing was added to the museum building to provide workspace and storage rooms for Archaeology, Ethnography and History. In 1966 a Natural History Wing was added. The name of the Museum changed from the Rhodes-Livingstone Museum to its present name of the Livingstone Museum in 1966.

The museum started publishing Occasional Papers from 1948 but published the 16 papers in 1967 as a new series titled Zambian Museum Papers, based on extensive research of Zambia’s prehistory, history, ethnography and natural history. These papers were authored by specialists in each field. The papers provide substantial information on each of the large number of exhibits systematically displayed in the museum with labels.

In 2003 the buildings were renovated with funds from the European Union. Over the years, the museum has been a trustee of numerous archaeological expeditions in Zambia.  In 2005, a statue of David Livingstone was erected in front of the museum in memory as was a statue of Emil Holub, a noted Czech doctor, explorer, cartographer, and ethnographer who made the first map of the Victoria Falls region.

The museum is laid out in five galleries namely, the Archaeology gallery, the Ethnographic gallery, the History gallery, the Art gallery and Livingstone gallery.

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Southern Rhodesia: Internal Affairs (2987)

Southern Rhodesia

Internal Affairs

Details

  • Date of Issue: 22 October 1955
  • Dept: Internal Affairs
  • Reqn.: 2987
  • Printer: Government Printing & Stationery
  • Paper:
  • Quantity: 2,000

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Southern Rhodesia: Government Stationery Office (1659)

Southern Rhodesia

Government Stationery Office

E.5

Details

  • Date of Issue: February 1954
  • Dept: Government Stationery Office
  • Reqn.: 1659/53/S
  • Printer: A B S & Co Ltd
  • Paper: 
  • Quantity: 1,000,000

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Southern Rhodesia: Post Master General (P.M.29949)

Southern Rhodesia

Post Master General

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  • Date of Issue: 18 April 1951
  • Dept: Post Master General
  • Reqn.: P.M.29949
  • Printer: Government Printing Office
  • Paper: Pink
  • Quantity: 900 Pads

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Southern Rhodesia: Post Master General (3808)

Southern Rhodesia

Post Master General

Details

  • Date of Issue: 9 November 1951
  • Dept: Post Master General
  • Reqn.: 3808
  • Printer: Government Printing & Stationery
  • Paper: Pink
  • Quantity: 100,000

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Southern Rhodesia: General Post Office (2708)

Southern Rhodesia

General Post Office

Details

  • Date of Issue: 2 May 1951
  • Dept: General Post Office
  • Reqn.: 2708
  • Printer: Government Printing & Stationery
  • Paper: Pink
  • Quantity: 10,000

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