Postmarks: 1968 – MATAPEX 75

1968 – MATAPEX 75

A special postmark was released for the opening of the Matabeleland Philatelic Exhibition (MATAPEX 75). The opening of the exhibition was on the same day as 1968 stamp issue, Matabeleland 1893 – 1968.

The postmark can be found used with dates from 4th – 6th November.

First Day Covers

Commemorative Covers

Other Philatelic Items

Mount Selinda

Mount Selinda

Umtali

 

Mount Selinda, at an altitude of 1,100 metres, is a village and mission station in the province of Manicaland in the eastern mountains of Zimbabwe. Located close to the Mozambique border, it lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Mount Selinda sits on an east-facing slope, on the very edge of the Chirinda Forest Botanical Reserve – the southern most tropical rainforest in Africa.

For centuries, the local Ndau people called the Mount Selinda area “Chirinda”, meaning “lookout” or “vantage point.” The Shangani people to the south pronounced Chirinda as “Silinda” and the name “Selinda” is clearly an English corruption of the Shangani word. The first mention of the name “Mount Selinda” appears to have been in the late nineteenth century when the land in the area was claimed by European settlers. The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions approached Cecil John Rhodes of the British South Africa Company, seeking land on which to establish their mission.

Rhodes himself granted them land in the Chirinda area, much of the land situated on an already-existing farm called Mount Selinda. Although there are no documents in the Deeds Office reflecting it, it would appear that a Mr. Steyn occupied the farm at the time and sold it to the mission for a sum of £300 (three hundred pounds).

In 1892 a Mr Wilder, Mr Bunker and Mr Thompson commenced the establishment of the Mount Silinda Mission (historically the name Silinda was adopted by the mission and the name Selinda was the name of the farm). But it was not until 1901 that the American Board Mission finally obtained legal possession of the farm Mount Selinda under Pioneer Title.

Postal Services

On 1st April, 1931 the Post Office became known as Mount Silinda. The name returned to Mount Selinda in 16th June, 1958.

  • 1896.03.31 – Post Office Agency opened.
  • 1897.10.00 – Post Office opened.
  • 1898.09.30 – Postal Agency opened.
  • 1910.05.04 – Re-graded to Postal Agency.
  • 1911.04.00 – Re-graded to Post and Telegraph Agency.
  • 1931.00.00 – Post Office closed.
  • 1958.06.16 – Post Office opened.
  • 1965.12.16 – Post Office closed.

Postmarks

Postmarks: Mount Selinda

Postmarks

Mount Selinda

No.Top of CancellerBottom of CancellerStartEnd
383/001MOUNT SELINDARHODESIAMR 21/98(OC)26/28
383/001aMOUNT SELINDARHODESIAAU/blank
383/002MOUNT SELINDAS.RHODESIA19 JUN 0922 JAN 31
383/003MOUNT SELINDAS.RHODESIA27 AUG 192812 SEP 1931
383/003aMT. SELINDAS.RHODESIA22 NOV/49
383/004MOUNT SELINDAS.RHODESIA12 NOV 195816 DEC 1965
383/004aMOUNT SELINDAS.RHODESIA12 NOV 195816 DEC 1965
383/005MT. SELINDAS.RHODESIA16 JUN 5513 MAR 59
383/006MOUNT SELINDAS.RHODESIA25 FEB 5728 JUN 61

Bingale

Bingale

Gwanda

 

Bingale is a small settlement SW of Gwanda in the Manama area.

Places of Interest

Postal Services

The Post Office Agency was located in the local trading store.

  • 28.01.1966 – Opened as Post Office Agency
  • 25.11.1977 – Closed as Postal Agency
  • 1985.12.05 – Re-opened as a Post and Telegraph Agency

Postmarks

Postmarks: Bingale

Postmarks

Bingale

No.Top of CancellerBottom of CancellerStartEnd
048/001BingaleRhodesia28 MAY 6621 NOV 67
Bingale1 MAR 7026 JUL 76
Bingale14 MAY 86

Postmarks: Emerald Hill

Postmarks

Emerald Hill

No.Top of CancellerBottom of CancellerStartEnd
142/01Emerald HillRhodesia9 FEB 196612 MAR 1979
Emerald Hill15 MAR 1979-8 JUL 1989
142/02Emerald HillRhodesia9 JUN 667 MAR 79
Emerald Hill9 MAR 792 APR 98
142/03Emerald HillRhodesia26 APR 6828 FEB 79
Emerald Hill6 MAR 7929 MAY 96
142/04Emerald HillRhodesia1 DE/19652 AP 68
142/05Postage PaidEmerald Hill Rhod.19 FEB 197013 MAR 1979
Postage PaidEmerald Hill** *** 1981

Rio Tinto Southern Rhodesia Ltd

Rio Tinto Southern Rhodesia Ltd

Salisbury

Rio Tinto Southern Rhodesia Ltd was incorporated on 29th August, 1956. It was set up initially to develop and mine the Empress Nickel deposit in Gatooma and was the first mining operation to be set up outside Europe by Rio Tinto plc in March, 1957. By 1959 it acquired the Cam and Motor Mines at Eiffel Flats.

From 1965-1979, Rio Tinto (Rhodesia) Ltd detached itself from the parent company, grew into the single largest money earner and sanctions-buster, exporting millions of pounds worth of nickel, emeralds and tin, as well as becoming one of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia’s most successful manufacturers.

In September 1968, Rio Tinto (Rhodesia) Ltd closed the Cam Mine and established the Empress Nickel Mine. By 1969, the Rio Industries was established and in 1975 the Renco Mine was purchased. Renco mine was eventually opened in 1982 and the Empress Mine closed.

Rio Tinto Zimbabwe Ltd separated from Rio Tinto plc in 2004 and became the wholly owned Zimbabwean company (RioZim Ltd) that produced gold, coal, toll refines nickel and copper. Rio Tinto exited Zimbabwe in 2015.

References

Contributors
  • James Gavin

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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