Rhodesia: Ministry of Posts (73170-8)

Rhodesia

Ministry of Posts

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  • Dept: Posts
  • Reqn.: 73170-8
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Royal Rhodesia Regiment: 2 Independent Company

Royal Rhodesia Regiment

2 Independent Company

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Royal Rhodesia Regiment

Royal Rhodesia Regiment

The Rhodesia Regiment (RR) was one of the oldest and largest regiments in the Rhodesian Army. It served on the side of the United Kingdom in the Second Boer War and the First and Second World Wars and served the Republic of Rhodesia in the Rhodesian Bush War.

During the First World War, an affiliation was formed between the King’s Royal Rifle Corps (KRRC) and the Rhodesia Regiment, with a platoon of Rhodesians serving in the 2 KRRC. In addition to the similar cap badge with a red backing, the affiliation with the KRRC led to many similarities in uniform as a rifle regiment with private soldiers holding the title of “Rifleman”.

In 1947, as a result of its service in World War II the regiment was granted the title of Royal Rhodesia Regiment by King George VI, who became the regiment’s first Colonel-in-Chief.

Following the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) in 1965, the Royal Rhodesia Regiment (RRR) consisted of a number of territorial army battalions (1RR, 2RR, 4RR, 5RR, 6RR, 8RR, 9RR, 10RR) and 6 national service independent companies (1 Indep Coy RR, 2 Indep Coy RR, 3 Indep Coy RR, 4 Indep Coy RR, 5 Indep Coy RR and 6 Indep Coy, RR) as well as a training depot, DRR, which received and trained most of the Rhodesian Army national servicemen from the 1950s onwards. 3RR and 7RR were Northern Rhodesian (Zambia) battalions that became part of the Zambian military. After national service they were posted to a territorial battalion in or close to the town or city they hailed from.

When Rhodesia became a republic in 1970, the regiment’s title reverted to Rhodesia Regiment with Queen Elizabeth II resigning her position as Colonel-in-Chief.

Facilities

Independent Company

  • 1 IND Company
  • 2 IND Company
  • 3 IND Company
  • 4 IND Company
  • 5 IND Company
  • 6 IND Company

Monomatapa Hotel

Monomatapa Hotel

Harare

Construction on The Monomatapa Hotel was opened in 1974 and was designed by Roy Densem of Roy Densem & Partners Architects. It has a unique crescent-shaped frontage that overlooks Harare Gardens. It was originally managed by Southern Sun Hotel Corporation (Pty) Ltd and later Meikles Southern Sun, then Zimbabwe Sun Limited. The hotel is currently under the management of African Suns Limited.

The hotel was called the Monomatapa when it was first opened. It contained a number of dining and drinking venues such as Prospectors, Bali Hai, The 12 000 Horsemen, The Homestead and others. In the early 2000s the hotel hosted for a time a well-known restaurant that moved in from the suburbs called Le Francais.

The hotel underwent renovations in 1997. Branding has changed too, with the hotel becoming Crowne Plaza Monomotapa in the 1990s and, more recently, becoming the Monomotapa again (but with new spelling). Management of the hotel was franchised out to Legacy Hotels of South Africa in 2015 but this was terminated in 2019. 

Events

Postcards

References

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Postcards: Big Game Photography (Pvt) Ltd – Type VIIICB (RH Series)

Big Game Photography (Pvt) Ltd

Type VIIICB (RH Series)

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
RH/1Boeing 720B03/08/1976

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Postcards: Big Game Photography (Pvt) Ltd – Type VIIICA

Big Game Photography (Pvt) Ltd

Type VIIICA

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
N/ABoeing T20 b

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Postcards: Big Game Photography (Pvt) Ltd – Type VIIIE (PPC Series)

Big Game Photography (Pvt) Ltd

Type VIIIE (PPC Series)

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
PPC/3Victoria Falls24/10/1978

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Postcards: Big Game Photography (Pvt) Ltd – Type VIIID (V Series)

Big Game Photography (Pvt) Ltd

Type VIIID (V Series)

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
V/168Main Falls, Victoria Falls, Rhodesia
V/624Aerial View of the Devil's Cataract...
V/635Victoria Falls
V/639Victoria Falls, Rhodesia

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Postcards: Big Game Photography (Pvt) Ltd – Type VIIIB (K Series)

Big Game Photography (Pvt) Ltd

Type VIIIB (K Series)

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
K/18Dam wall with five gates open, Kariba

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