- Date of Issue: 14 August 1941
- Dept: Government Printing Office
- Reqn.: 71056
It appears that postal services were established at the Central African Rhodes Centenary Exhibition before the official opening on 30 May for the workers. A temporary registration label was noted as early as 7 May 1953. The strike was in purple and followed by a hand-written number.
There were four different registration counters with a special registration cachet block No.1-4. Only counter No.2 used black ink while the others are purple. Counter 1 & 3 appear to have manually entered the registration number while Counter 2 & 4 used stamped numbers.
Two different commemorative postmarks were used. Type 1 (D.C. 33mm/25mm) was used from registration counters No.1 – 3. Type 2 (D.C. 30mm/20mm) was used at counter No.4.
Postal Services – Counter 4
Postal Services – Counter 3
Postal Services – Counter 2
Rosmalind was a farm that had a trading store.
Mrs M E Ashwin was the postal agent for St Patrick’s Mission. On 1 December 1961, the agency was run from Garry Owen Farm owned by the Ashwins. However, the name was not deemed appropriate for postal services and the name of the nearby Rosmalind Farm was used instead.
The postal agency was closed 23 September 1963.
St. Patrick’s Mission (St. Patrick’s parish) is located in Mzilikazi, a suburb of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (part of Makokoba “Constituency”/Township). St. Patrick’s Mission was established by the Jesuits as of 1902.
Mzilikazi is named after the founder of the Ndebele nation, King Mzilikazi. Prior to independence, Makokoba (Makhokhoba) was a segregated township of Bulawayo. The development of trade unionism began in Makokoba in 1928. In 1945, an important strike by railway workers started there.
The initial postal agent was Mrs M E Ashwin, the secretary to St Patrick’s Mission. Father Smith originally oversaw the agency. The postal agency was situated at the mission from 1 December 1960. On 1 December 1961, the agency was renamed Rosmalind.