Hama

Hama

Hama is named after Chief Hama’s village in the Chilimanzi Reserve (Tribal Trust Land), located south of Mvuma (Umvuma) in Chirumhanzu District, Midlands Province.

In 1912, Jesuits started St. Joseph’s Mission. Chief Hama initially welcomed the Jesuits, but later opposed their efforts. Nonetheless, between 1914 and 1916, the Jesuits opened a number of schools within a few miles of the mission and baptized approximately 200 new converts.

Postal Services

  • 1975.07.01 – Opened as a Postal Agency.
  • 1978.09.13 – Closed following an attack during the Bush War.
  • 1980.11.17 – Re-opened.

Postmarks

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Blue Gum Mine

Blue Gum Mine

 

Blue Gum Mine was located on the farm of Zhombe. The Blue Gum Mine was first worked in 1913 and 1914, when 243 ounces of gold were extracted from 1,250 tons of ore.

In 1939 a radio telephone was installed at the mine which was of benefit, particularly when the Umniati River flooded.

Postal Services

The Telegraph Office was in operation during the construction of the dam on the Ngondoma River, 5 miles (9-km) NW of Empress Mine in the Gokwe area.

  • 1941.11.17 – Opened as Telegraph Office.
  • 1962.01.12 – Closed.

Postmarks

No postmarks have been seen.

Reference

  • Reports of the Chief Mining Engineer, 1939
  • Rhodesia Geological Survey, Volumes 22-39, 1927

Legion Mine

Legion Mine

Gwanda District

 

The Legion Mine, about eighty-five miles due south of Bulawayo, was pegged on the site of ancient workings known in the very early history of Matabeleland. Thomas Maddocks first pegged the claims in 1894.

In 1895 the claimes were re-pegged as the Mystery Claims. They changed hands several
times until 1920, when Mr. D. H. Robinson re-pegged the old Mystery Claims as the Legion.

Postal Services

Legion Mine was originally a Post Agency under Gwanda, then later Antelope Mine. Initial service was by mail cart or coach from Antelope Mine.

  • 1927.08.07 – Opened as Postal Agency.
  • 1947.03.01 – Regraded as a Post and Telegraph Agency.
  • 1964.03.01 – Regraded as a Postal Agency.
  • 1965.06.04 – Closed.

Postmarks

 

References

Postmarks: 1905 – Visit of the British Association for the Advancement of Science

Visit of the British Association for the Advancement of Science

Two special postmarks were used as part of the Visit of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1905.

Type I – Tour Cancellation

The Tour Cancellation was used in both South Africa and Rhodesia on the 9th, 11th and 14th of September. The cancels are found in violet up until the 13 Sept, and black for the 14 Sept.

Type II – Opening of the Victoria Falls Bridge

September 12th was the opening day for the Victoria Falls road/rail bridge as well as being public holiday. Therefore, the Victoria Falls Post Office was only open for two hours to commemorate the visit of the Association (for whose benefit the special cancel was used).

Contributors
  • Adrian de Bourbon

1953 – Central African Rhodes Centenary Exhibition: Postal Services

1953 – Central African Rhodes Centenary Exhibition

Postal Services

Registration Labels

Temporary Registration Label

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.

Registration Counters

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.

Postmarks

Commemorative Postmarks

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.

Slogan Postmarks

Northern Rhodesia
Southern Rhodesia

References

  • Journal of the Rhodesian Study Circle No.100
  • Journal of the Rhodesian Study Circle No.102

1953 – Central African Rhodes Centenary Exhibition: Postal Services – Counter 4

1953 – Central African Rhodes Centenary Exhibition

Postal Services – Counter 4

1953 – Central African Rhodes Centenary Exhibition: Postal Services – Counter 3

1953 – Central African Rhodes Centenary Exhibition

Postal Services – Counter 3

1953 – Central African Rhodes Centenary Exhibition: Postal Services – Counter 2

1953 – Central African Rhodes Centenary Exhibition

Postal Services – Counter 2

1953 – Central African Rhodes Centenary Exhibition: Postal Services – Counter 1

1953 – Central African Rhodes Centenary Exhibition

Postal Services – Counter 1

Bordervale

Bordervale

Bordervale is a suburb in Mutare (Umtali).

Postal Services

The Postal Agency was in Mac’s Grocery Store.

Postmarks

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