1979 – Last Day of Rhodesian Flag

Last Day of Rhodesian Flag

1 September 1979

On Monday, 11 November 1968, Rhodesia flew its new green and white throughout the country. The flag was officially flown for the last time on 1 September 1979.

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1979 – Direct British Rule in Rhodesia

Direct British Rule in Rhodesia

12 December 1979

The Zimbabwe Rhodesia government entered into negotiations with the external nationalists at Lancaster House held under the auspices of the British Government. This resulted in a ceasefire and the arrival of the British Governor, Lord Soames, on 12 December 1979.

With the Lancaster House Agreement, Rhodesia reverted back to being a British Colony under direct control from London. UN sanctions were lifted and legality was restored. The Union Jack was also reinstated, although in practice the Zimbabwe Rhodesian flag continued to fly.

Commemorative Covers

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Salisbury Stamp Co (Pvt) Ltd: Commemorative Covers – Political Covers

Salisbury Stamp Co (Pvt) Ltd

Commemorative Covers – Political Covers

The Salisbury Stamp Co (Pvt) Ltd produced a number of political commemorative covers during the Unilateral Declaration of Independence by Rhodesia. Up to 21 covers were produced.

1979 – Ceasefire Agreement (19)
1979 – Direct British Rule in Rhodesia (18)

Den of Antiquity: 1979 – Last Day of Posting

Den of Antiquity

1979 – Last Day of Posting

 

The Den of Antiquity produced 300 sets of numbered, limited edition covers to commemorate the Last Day of Posting under the Rhodesia name in 1979.

  • No.1-100 – Long sets – 4 envelopes, 15 stamps (1c to $2)
  • No.101-300 – Short sets –  3 envelopes, 13 stamps (1c to 30c)

The covers were drawn and designed by Ned Etheridge and his signature appears on the reverse. They were produced by The African Fine Art & Book Co.

Long Sets

None recorded at present.

Shorts Sets

1979 – Last Day of Posting

Last Day of Posting

31 May 1979

On 1 June 1979, Rhodesia became the unrecognised state of Zimbabwe Rhodesia. The last day of posting mail from the unrecognised republic of Rhodesia was on 31 May 1979.

Commemorative Covers

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1979 – Founders Day

Founders Day

10 July 1979

Founders Day was one of the original Rhodesian holidays designated by The Bills of Exchange Regulations, 1895. The holiday commemorated founders of European rule, other than Cecil J Rhodesia, in Rhodesia. It was placed directly following Rhodes’ Day to create what became commonly known as the annual four-day “Rhodes and Founders’ weekend”

Commemorative Covers

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Den of Antiquity: 1979 – Rhodes Day/Founders Day

Den of Antiquity

1979 – Rhodes Day

The Den of Antiquity produced 600 sets of numbered, limited edition covers to commemorate Rhodes Day & Founders Day in 1979.

  • No.1-400 – Long sets – 4 envelopes, 15 stamps (1c to $2)
  • No.401-600 – Short sets – 3 envelopes, 13 stamps (1c to 30c)

The covers were drawn and designed by Ned Etheridge and his signature appears on the reverse.

Long Sets

Short Sets

None yet recorded.

1979 – Rhodes Day

Rhodes Day

9 July 1979

Rhodes Day was one of the original Rhodesian holidays designated by The Bills of Exchange Regulations, 1895. The holiday commemorated Cecil J Rhodes’s birthday (5 July 1853) and fell on the first or second Monday in July to create the four-day ‘Rhodes and Founders’ weekend.’

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1971 – Petrol Rationing Ends

Petrol Rationing Ends

14 May 1971

Rhodesia declared Independence in 1965 and soon after, economic sanctions against the country commenced. The supply of petrol had been through the port of Beira, and from there through a pipeline to Rhodesia. Petrol rationing started 28 December 1965.

On 10 April 1966, a resolution was passed by the United Nations Security Council, that Britain should use force to prevent oil flowing to Rhodesia via Beira. The blockade of Beira commenced and the pipeline closed. While the blockade remained, on 14 May 1971, the Prime Minister was able to end petrol rationing.

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