Louis Winkleman

Louis Winkleman

Louis Winkleman was the General Manager of the Companhia da Zambezia in Blantyre. He was in charge of affairs for the company, north of the Zambesi. A formal branch building was opened c.1900.


  • Sessional Papers, Volume 92 (1900)


Postcards: The Rhodesia Trading Company – Type I

The Rhodesia Trading Company

Type I

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
N/AAvenue Approaching Savoy Hotel, Beira.
N/ABand Stand, Beira.
N/AQueen's Hotel, Beira.
N/AThe Harbour, Beira.


Seventh-Day Adventist Church: South-East African Union Mission Field

Seventh-Day Adventist Church

South-East African Union Mission Field

The South-East African Union Mission Field was organised in 1925. The territory covered the Nyasaland, Portuguese East Africa north of latitude 22, and North-East Rhodesia east of meridian 22.



Newspaper Labels: Beira & Mashonaland Railways Co Ltd – Type II

Newspaper Labels

Beira & Mashonaland Railways Co Ltd – Type II


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Beira & Mashonaland Railways Co Ltd

Beira & Mashonaland Railways Co Ltd

In 1900 the Mashonaland Railway Company over the Beira Junction Railway Company to become the Beira & Mashonaland Railway Co Ltd.

In 1903, the company merged with the Rhodesia Railway Co to become the Beira & Mashonaland and Rhodesia Railways Co Ltd.




  • Keith Harrop


Recent Updates

Since December, 2015, the Rhodesian Study Circle has transitioned itself from an established philatelic society to one catered for the 21st Century collector. With thousands of images and over 5,500 pages of philatelic items, we are combining philately with the colourful history of Central Africa to help support you in building your collections.

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August, 2022


  • The RSC August, 2022, Postal Auction Catalogue has placed on this website. This auction is open for members and will close on 6 September, 2022.
  • We have obtained copies of the first 60 publications of News from Barotsi-land, a publication by the UK based support group of the Paris Missionary Society in Barotseland. These have all been copied and loaded onto the website. They are extremely rare and brittle and have been carefully copied for us.
  • We have also started to add copies of the Journals of the Jesuit Mission to the Zambezi from 1898
  • We are redeveloping the pages on this website concerned with the iconic Double Head Issue and have added sections on:
  1. The 1d Rhodesia Double HeadThe Plating and Positioning of the 1d Double Head
  2. Double Heads: The Bi-coloured Values by Stephen Reah-Johnson & Simon Hensman
  3. Rhodesia: The Bi-Coloured Double Heads, Edition XI: (Revised 10 November, 2021) by Major David C. Underwood and Stephen Reah-Johnson, Edited by Alan Hanks & Simon Hensman
  4. The 1924 Double Head ‘Remainders’ (CTO’s)

Encyclopaedia of Rhodesian and Zimbabwean Postage Stamps since  1964

Apart from regular updates, this section of the Journal is now complete. It has been updated in August, 2022, with a number of revisions and all the 2021 issues.


This is now up and going. Great news! It is a work-in-progress.


This is now up and running. Revised and updated in August, 2022

RSC Virtual Competitions 2021/2022

The results and entries can now be viewed on the website.


A new section being built on the website.

An updated version of Machine Cancellations of Rhodesia 1911-1980

Postal Routes

A new section being built on the website.

Recent RSC Publications now available

1951 – Central African Airways – First Direct Airmail

Central African Airways

1951 – First Direct Airmail

On the 10th August, 1951, the Salisbury-Bulawayo-Lourenco Marques service was inaugurated providing a new link with the coast.

First Flight Covers

From Lourenco Marques
From Salisbury


Postcards: E. T. Brown – Type IVA – Subject – Pungwe River – P.E.A.

E. T. Brown

Type IVA – Subject – Pungwe River – P.E.A.

The Manica Trading Company Ltd

The Manica Trading Company Ltd

The Manica Trading Company Ltd was founded in Beira, Portuguese East Africa in 1890 by Julius Alston and Joseph Van Praagh. With its base in Beira, a branch was established at Old Umtali, Rhodeisa. In 1892, the company was floated.

Operations were carried on as General Merchants, Importers and Agents and soon another branch was opened in Salisbury. Julius Alston moved his residence to Salisbury and eventually in 1903 left Rhodesia for Melbourne, Australia and never returned. Further stores were opened in Bulawayo, Fort Victoria and Charter.

The first business relied on the import of all kinds of goods and on the establishment of business relations with a large number of shipping agencies. Its business stability, however, firmed its position in the years of the two World Wars, during which the situation was completely unfavourable to business expansion. The first great moment of consolidation took place during the 1st World War, both in Beira and in Southern Africa, through the increase of exports of goods – chrome, minerals, sugar, maize, cotton and rubber – from Africa to Europe.

In 1927, in the verge of a new depression context that erupted in 1929 and brought down the economy, Manica managed to close a contract deal for freight services of vast quantities of tobacco. Its prominence in the transport of tobacco along with the new challenge of air services led the company to enter the business of travel services, a service requested by many of Manica’s customers. Increased activity resulted in the opening of a travel agency, a relevant element in the organization’s portfolio.

In the 1950’s, the geographic universe of the company’s operations covered the entire region of Southern Africa, and Manica was involved in exports to destinies such as Europe, Venezuela and Japan.

In November, 2000, Manica went through a profound structural change, as part of a regional initiative, and became a totally Mozambican company. The Manica Trading Company is one of the oldest commercial enterprises. Due to it’s commercial activities, it continues to flourish, and it toady mainly concerned with
forwarding, insurance and similar activities.



  • James Gavin


Mozambique Company

Mozambique Company


The Mozambique Company (Companhia de Moçambique) was a royal company operating in Portuguese Mozambique that had the concession of the lands in the Portuguese colony corresponding to the present provinces of Manica and Sofala in central Mozambique.

The company was established on 11th February, 1891 with acapital stock from financiers from Germany, the United Kingdom and South Africa. Its headquarters was located in Beira, where it controlled the public administration and the post offices. The company also founded a private bank, the Banco da Beira, which issued currency in pounds.

The concession was granted for a period of 50 years, during which the company could not only exploit the resources and existing manpower but also grant sub-concessions. The company was granted the exclusive right to collect taxes, but was itself granted a 25-year tax exemption. In return the Portuguese state would receive 7.5% of the company’s profits and 10% of the sold shares. The company was also required to settle 1,000 Portuguese families and provide education and public administration in its territory.

In practice, the company made only partial use of the prerogatives with which it had been bestowed; but this was balanced by the fact that it also met very few of its obligations. Having only limited capital, the company did little to develop the area, deriving most of its income from its ability to tax and its power to use conscripted labour on its plantations and for lease to adjacent estates.

Resistance to the forced labour regime was a major cause of rebellions against the company which occurred in 1902 and 1917. Despite the company’s obligation under its charter to provide forces to maintain law and order, it was unable to meet these crises, and on both occasions Portugal had to mount expensive interventions.

Because of its bad performance and because of the shift, under the Salazar regime, towards Portuguese control and away from international control of the economy, the company’s concession was not renewed when it ran out in 1942. On 18 July 1942, the territory of Manica and Sofala passed to the Portuguese colonial authorities and the Mozambique Company continued to operate in the agricultural and commercial sectors.

On 20 October 1961, The Mozambique Company became the Grupo Entreposto Comercial de Moçambique, which transformed itself into a holding on 6 September 1972, with the participation of capital from other companies, including Entreposto-Gestão e Participações (SGPS) SA.

R.S. Cotton was the local representative in Bulawayo and was a major player in the building in the Limpopo Railway.

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