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.

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).

 

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

Visit of the British Association for the Advancement of Science

9-21 September 1905

The British Association for the Advancement of Science was established to hold regular meetings in various countries of the British Empire in order to encourage scientific research in other parts of the world.

In 1905, the Association visited South Africa. The overseas delegates travelled to two South African cities as part of the meeting and visited five other cities on excursions. At each venue they met their South African counterparts and presented public lectures. There were two distinct meetings; Cape Town (15-18 August), and Johannesburg (28 August – 1 September).

In addition to these meetings, the Association commissioned a young archaeologist from England, Sir David Randall-MacIver to carry out excavations at the Zimbabwe Ruins and to report on the significance of the monument. MacIvers methods were vastly different to those used by James Theodore Bent and Richard Nicklin Hall. MacIver’s subsequent publication, Medieval Rhodesia caused great academic controversy upon its release.

Members of the Association also travelled to Rhodesia, arriving 9 September. In Bulawayo, the second Rhodesia Museum was opened by Professor G Darwin, President of the British Association, and son of Charles Darwin. In addition, Randall-MacIver presented the results of his investigations before members of the British and South African Associations in an evening discourse. The party left Bulawayo on the 10th, stopping at the Matopos on 11 September.

The Association travelled onto Victoria Falls where the Victoria Falls Bridge was officially opened by Professor Darwin on 12 September 1905. After the ceremony, members visited the Rain Forest, Livingstone Island and other areas. On 13 September, the Association visited various points of interest around the bridge before returning by training to Bulawayo.

After returning to Bulawayo on the 14th, the party travelled to Salisbury, Umtali then onto Beira.

Stamp Issues

Postmarks

References

  • Journal of the Rhodesian Study Circle No.67
  • Journal of the Rhodesian Study Circle No.68
  • Journal of the Rhodesian Study Circle No.69
  • wellcomecollection.org

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Letter Cards: Darter Bros & Co – Type II

Darter Bros & Co

Type II

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Darter Bros & Co

Darter Bros & Co

Cape Town

Darter Bros & Walton was established in 1877 on the corner of Adderley St and Church St, Cape Town. The business was a large seller of books as well as magazines, newspapers, stationery, artist materials and fancy leather goods.

Letter Cards

Letter Cards: Darter Bros & Co – Type I

Darter Bros & Co

Type I

The photos in this release were taken by E Peters.

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Postcards: The SASCo – Type II (Numbered)

The SASCo

Type II (Numbered)

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
154Victoria Falls

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Postcards: The SASCo – Type II (V Series)

The SASCo

Type II (V Series)

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
V2Victoria Falls Bridge24/04/1909

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Postcards: Braune & Levy – No.s 1390-1399

Braune & Levy

No.s 1390-1399

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
1390
1391
1392
1393
1394
1395
1396
1397
1398
1399Matabele Warrior.

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Postcards: Valentine & Sons Ltd – 29-1 Type I

Valentine & Sons Ltd

29-1 Type I

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
N/AHuroni River, Chimanimani in distance

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Postcards: Valentine & Sons Ltd – 40-1 Type II

Valentine & Sons Ltd

40-1 Type II

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
38B-45H.M.S. Mashona

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