SOUTHERN RHODESIA
Last updated: 10th March, 2018
POSTAL HISTORY / OFFICIAL MAIL
RA1463 1925 4th April, long stampless cover, printed on reverse flap 'HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR SOUTHERN RHODESIA', struck on front with red dc 'LONDON OFFICIAL PAID' datestamp, and at lower left violet dc 'HIGH COMMISSIONER / LR / SOUTHERN RHODESIA' cachet, addressed to Petersfield. Most unusual. £35
RA707 1932 15th August, printed (green on cream) stampless 'ON SERVICE' cover from 'THE BRITISH EMPIRE SERVICE LEAGUE', cancelled BULAWAYO to Gwelo. Violet oval cachet signed. Most unusual. £45
SR675 1934 21st September, printed 'On His Majesty's Service' cover struck with 'VICTORIA FALLS' datestamp and violet oval 'THE CURATOR / VICTORIA FALLS' cachet lower left, duly signed. Addressed to Bulawayo. Fine and clean. £25
RA709 1934 13th November, printed 'On His Majesty's Service' cover machine cancelled SALISBURY to Bulawayo. Struck with violet oval crested 'DEPT. OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS / OFFICIAL FREE' cachet lower left. Fine and clean. £20
RA710 1934 17th November, printed 'On His Majesty's Service' cover cancelled SALISBURY to Bulawayo. Struck with violet oval crested 'DEPT. OF MINES AND PUBLIC WORKS / OFFICIAL FREE' cachet lower left. Fine and clean. £20
RA711 1934 19th December, printed 'On His Majesty's Service' cover cancelled SALISBURY to Bulawayo. Struck with violet oval crested 'DEPT. OF MINES AND PUBLIC WORKS / OFFICIAL FREE' cachet lower left. Fine and clean. £20
RA712 1935 24th January, printed 'On His Majesty's Service' cover cancelled SALISBURY to Bulawayo. Struck with violet oval crested 'DEPT. OF LANDS / OFFICIAL FREE' cachet lower left. Fine and clean. £20
RA713 1935 25th March, printed 'On His Majesty's Service' cover cancelled GWELO to Bulawayo. Struck with violet oval 'HOSPITAL / GWELO' cachet lower left, signed. Fine and clean. £20
SR666 1935 29th March, printed 'On His Majesty's Service' cover cancelled 'VICTORIA FALLS', addressed to Bulawayo. £15
RA727 1947 18th July, stampless cover struck with black oval crested 'GOVERNMENT HOUSE / OFFICIAL FREE / SALISBURY, S. RHODESIA' cachet, below SALISBURY datestamp, addressed to Natal. £40
SR989 1950 6th May, printed Airmail cover struck with light but legible green oval 'DEPARTMENT OF THE PRIME MINISTER / OFFICIAL FREE' cachet, alongside red 'OFFICIAL PAID' datestamp and 'CAUSEWAY' for the same date. Addressed to London. Fine and clean, most unusual. £35
COMMEMORATIVE CANCELS
SR339 1931 KGV 1d Field Marshal envelope, cancelled with special oval crested bilingual 'ROYAL TOUR H.R.H. PRINCE GEORGE / SOUTH AFRICA / 21 III 34'. Superb and clean. H&G B4 £40
SR50 1934, 21st March, KGV ½d to 5/- Field Marshals (less 9d not yet issued), 2d and 3d large Falls. ½d, 1½d and 10d perf. 11½, others perf. 12. Each on separate cover with special crested oval 'ROYAL TOUR H.R.H. PRINCE GEORGE SOUTH AFRICA' dated 21 III 34. A delightful set, superb and fresh. A most uncommon and attractive group. £700
SR342 1934 21st March, cover bearing block of four KGV ½d Field Marshals, perf. 11½, cancelled with special crested oval bilingual 'ROYAL TOUR H.R.H. PRINCE GEORGE / SOUTH AFRICA / 21 III 34'. £30
SR344 1934 21st March, Airmail cover bearing KGV 1/- Field Marshal, perf. 12, cancelled with special crested oval bilingual 'ROYAL TOUR H.R.H. PRINCE GEORGE / SOUTH AFRICA / 21 III 34'. £30
RA8017 1934 24th March, cover bearing 2d large Falls (SG 29), cancelled with special crested oval bilingual ‘ROYAL TOUR H.R.H. PRINCE GEORGE / SOUTH AFRICA’ datestamp. Addressed to Nyasaland. £20
RA8018 1934 24th March, cover bearing pair 3d large Falls (SG 30), cancelled with special crested oval bilingual ‘ROYAL TOUR H.R.H. PRINCE GEORGE / SOUTH AFRICA’ datestamp. Addressed to Nyasaland. Fine and clean. £30
SR672 1935 16th February, KGV ½d, 1½d and 4d Field Marshals (SG 15a, 16d, 19a), each on piece and cancelled with special 'IMPERIAL PRESS CONFERENCE / S. RHODESIA' dc datestamps. £30
WORLD WAR II
RA8011 1939 31st October, cover bearing 2d large Falls and KGVI 4d definitive (SG 29, 43), cancelled ‘UMTALI’ addressed to Uganda. Sent registered and struck with black ‘PASSED BY CENSOR / KAMPALA / 3’ cachet at left. Salisbury, Mombasa transit and Kampala backstamps. Unusual. £45
SR837 1940 21st September, cover bearing KGVI 1½d pair (SG 42), lightly cancelled 'BULAWAYO' datestamps addressed to the USA. Also with printed 'WE REALISE IN RHODESIA (etc.)' patriotic label at upper left. Then opened at right and resealed with plain cream tape handstamped in magenta 'OPENED BY CENSOR'. Apparently missent and receiving an American 'MISSENT TO WASHINGTON, CONN.' handstamp with relevant despatch strike. Fine and clean. £40
SR805 1940 29th November, cover bearing KGVI ½d and 1d definitives (SG 40, 41), cancelled 'UMTALI' and addressed to the USA. Struck with violet triangular 'PASSED BY / CENSOR / 8 / S. RHODESIA' cachet. Fine and clean. £25
SR806 1940 5th December, cover bearing BSA Jubilee 3d (SG 57), cancelled 'UMTALI' and addressed to the USA. Struck with violet triangular 'PASSED BY / CENSOR / 8 / S. RHODESIA' cachet. Fine and clean. £25
SR661 1941 3rd June, printed 'St. Johns Ambulance Association' cover bearing KGVI 1½d (SG 42), cancelled light 'VICTORIA FALLS' datestamp, 'Robertson' red rubber stamp address to Johannesburg and struck at lower left violet boxed bilingual 'PASSED BY CENSOR / M.E.F No. 62 U.D.F' cachet. Reverse with violet oval '1ST (INF.) BATTALION / RAILWAYS AND HARBOURS BRIGADE / 26-5-1941' cachet, and apparently carried on the second War Train on it's return journey having travelled from Pretoria to Elisabethville to raise support for the country's War Effort. Unusual. £75
SR751 1941 10th June, cover bearing 2d large Falls (SG 29), cancelled 'GWELO' and addressed to Kenya. Apparently redirected to Egypt where the unit was subsequently stationed and then receiving an "EGYPT 69 / POSTAGE PREPAID' datestamp dated 23rd July. Unusual. £55
SR833 1941 26th November, manila cover endorsed at upper left 'O.A.S.' and sent without charge. Struck with black rectangular 'ROYAL AIR FORCE / No. 26 E.F.T.S. / GUINEA FOWL / GWELO' cachet, and then despatch 'GUINEA FOWL / S. RHODESIA' datestamp. Addressed to P. Falk, Gwelo. Very fine and clean. Uncommon. £75
SR380 1941 12th September, cover endorsed at top 'LETTER IN GERMAN' and sent without charge. Struck with violet oval 'No.2 (TANGANYIKA) INTERNMENT CAMP / SALISBURY S. RHODESIA / 12 SEP 1941' cachet and additionally triangular 'PASSED BY CENSOR S. RHODESIA 14' strike below. South African 'OPENED BY CENSOR' label on reverse, to South West Africa. Uncommon. £95
SR817 1941 29th November, long manila envelope endorsed at upper left 'ON ACTIVE SERVICE' and sent without charge. Struck with black oval '(Crown) / RHODESIAN / OFFICIAL FREE / AIR TRAINING GROUP' cachet and then despatch 'BULAWAYO / S. RHODESIA' datestamp. The sender on reverse one L.A.C. GREENWAY, W. J. / HILLSIDE CAMP / BULAWAYO. Scarce as only operational from late 1941 to early 1942. £90
SR825 1941 10th December, cover endorsed at top 'ON ACTIVE SERVICE' and sent without charge. Struck with purple '(Crown) / RHODESIAN / OFFICIAL FREE / AIR TRAINING GROUP' cachet and then despatch 'BULAWAYO' datestamp. Addressed to England from one L.A.C. Greenway, Hillside Camp, Bulawayo. Scarce as only operational from late 1941 to early 1942. £75
SR790 1942 23rd April, cover sent without charge from one L. Richler (on reverse) endorsed at top 'LETTER IN GERMAN' and addressed to South West Africa. Struck with violet oval 'No.2 (TANGANYIKA) INTERNMENT CAMP / SALISBURY S. RHODESIA / 23 APR 1942' cachet and 'SALISBURY' despatch datestamp. Additionally with octagonal '(Crown) / PASSED / DE/20' strike lower left. £95
SR811 1942 24th November, cover endorsed at top 'On Service' and sent without charge. Struck with violet oval 'FIRST RHODESIAN / (MOTORISED) / FIELD AMBULANCE' and then despatch 'PARK RIVER / S. RHODESIA' datestamp. Addressed to Kenya, very fine and clean. SOLD
SR843 1942 2nd December, cover bearing KGV 1d definitives x two (SG 41), machine cancelled 'SALISBURY' and addressed to Bloemfontein (A. Lichtenstein). Opened at left then resealed with printed bilingual red on white 'OPENED BY CENSOR' tape and with Union crest violet handstamp on reverse. £20
SR829 1943 7th January, cover endorsed at upper left 'ON ACTIVE SERVICE' and sent without charge. Struck with violet oval '(Crown) / RHODESIAN / OFFICIAL FREE / AIR TRAINING GROUP' cachet and despatch 'BELVEDERE CAMP / S. RHODESIA' datestamp. Then opened at left and resealed with plain tape rubber stamped 'OPENED BY CENSOR' plus octagonal 'PASSED CENSOR / A.S. / No.5' cachet. Addressed to Johannesburg from one CPL. Sprout, R.A.F. £75
SR809 1943 21st January, cover endorsed at upper left 'ON ACTIVE SERVICE' and sent without charge. Struck with light blue oval '(Crown) / RHODESIAN / OFFICIAL FREE / AIR TRAINING GROUP' cachet and then despatch 'INDUNA / S. RHODESIA' datestamp. Opened at left then re-sealed with white tape rubber stamped 'OPENED BY CENSOR' and additionally struck with violet octagonal 'PASSED CENSOR / A.B. / No. 11' cachet. Addressed to Johannesburg. £45
SR830 1943 3rd May, cover endorsed at top 'On Active Service' and sent without charge. Struck with violet oval '(without Crown) / RHODESIAN / OFFICIAL FREE / AIR TRAINING GROUP' cachet and despatch 'MOFFAT / S. RHODESIA' datestamp. Then opened at left and resealed with plain tape rubber stamped 'OPENED BY CENSOR' plus octagonal 'PASSED BY CENSOR / A.S. / No.5' cachet. Addressed to Umtali then re-addressed to Salisbury with 'UMTALI' 5th May datestamp. Few minor tones. £75
SR840 1943 3rd May, cover endorsed upper left corner 'Accts.' and sent without charge, struck with somewhat degraded black oval '(Crown) / RHODESIAN / OFFICIAL FREE / AIR TRAINING GROUP' cachet and despatch 'CRANBORNE / S. RHODESIA' datestamp. Then with hexagonal 'PASSED CENSOR / AB. / No. 10' cachet in violet. Addressed to Johannesburg. Fine and clean. £45
SR851 1943 13th May, long manila envelope printed 'ON HIS MAJESTY'S SERVICE' at top and alongside at left 'NOTE. Open by cutting the label. Re-use by affixing fresh label.'. This duly done by plain white gummed label placed over printed instructions 'AFFIX / LABEL / HERE'. Addressed to a Company in Gwelo and then struck with crisp 'RHODESIAN / OFFICIAL FREE / AIR TRAINING GROUP' (without Crown at top) and despatch 'GUINEA FOWL / S. RHODESIA' datestamp. Very fine and highly unusual. £110
SR846 1943 2nd August, cover endorsed at upper left 'ON ACTIVE SERVICE' and sent without charge. Struck with crisp violet oval '(Crown) / RHODESIAN / OFFICIAL FREE / AIR TRAINING GROUP' cachet, despatch 'GUINEA FOWL / S. RHODESIA' datestamp. Further endorsed 'UNCENSORED' and addressed to Johannesburg from one LAC RADBURN, R.A.F. STATION, GUINEA FOWL. Fine and clean. £45
SR762 1943 13th August, long printed cover for the AFRAF with emblem below and 'ON ACTIVE SERVICE', bearing 2d large Falls pair (SG 35a), light datestamp but presumably HEANY (from senders address on reverse). Addressed to Johannesburg and opened at left then resealed with plain white label violet handstamp 'PASSED BY CENSOR' and tied by hexagonal violet 'PASSED CENSOR / A.B. / No. 4' cachet. A little stained lower left otherwise an unusual printed cover. £35
SR813 1943 27th August, cover endorsed upper left 'On Active Service' plus 'Uncensored' and sent without charge. Struck with violet oval '(Crown) / RHODESIAN / OFFICIAL FREE / AIR TRAINING GROUP' cachet and then crisp 'ITW BULAWAYO / AU 27 43 / S. RHODESIA' single circle datestamp, this showing space between 'Y' and 'O'. Addressed to Johannesburg. Fine and clean. £75
SR839 1943 21st September, manila printed 'On His Majesty's Service. / Southern Rhodesia' cover, struck with violet oval '(Crown) / RHODESIAN / OFFICIAL FREE / AIR TRAINING GROUP' cachet and despatch 'CRANBORNE / S. RHODESIA' datestamp. Addressed to Johannesburg. Few closed tears at base otherwise fine and clean. £35
SR662 1943 28th October, cover bearing KGVI 4d x two, 2/-, 3d large Falls plus 4d and 6d BSA Jubilee (SG 43, 50, 35b, 58, 59), cancelled 'Victoria Falls'. Endorsed at upper left as originating from a Mission Station in Francistown and presumably carried by favour to the Falls for posting. Addressed to the USA, and then opened at both left and right by either British or American censors and appropriately re-sealed with tape and cachet. The 3/9d being the correct airmail rate to the USA (as of 11th December, 1941), first travelling to Leopoldville receiving a transit backstamp (10 NOV) and then onto America on the Miami route. Some light marking otherwise fine and most unusual. £145
SR810 1943 3rd December, special 'Christmas Greetings 1943' Airgraph sent from Newcastle-on-Tyne to Cpl. Shepherd, A. E., !st Rhod. (M) Fd. Ambulance, Park River Camp, Umtali. Receiving backstamp dated 16th December. Very fine and clean. £65
SR845 1944 15th January, cover endorsed at top 'ON ACTIVE SERVICE' and sent without charge. Struck with violet oval '(Crown) / RHODESIAN / OFFICIAL FREE / AIR TRAINING GROUP' cachet, despatch 'HEANY CAMP / S. RHODESIA' datestamp. Addressed to Johannesburg from one LAC DIXEY, R.A.F. HEANY, BULAWAYO. Fine and clean. £45
SR831 1944 29th February, cover typewritten at upper left 'ON ACTIVE SERVICE' and sent without charge. Struck with very light violet oval '(Crown) / RHODESIAN / OFFICIAL FREE / AIR TRAINING GROUP' cachet. Then crisp despatch 'KUMALO / S. RHODESIA' datestamp addressed to Johannesburg. Sent from one Cpl. Jack J. W., Aeradio, Bulawayo. £80
SR899 1944 26th April, 3d Active Service Letter Card (H & G 4, ultramarine on white), uprated with KGVI 1½d pair (SG 42), twice cancelled 'ITW BULAWAYO / S. RHODESIA' sc datestamps. Addressed to Mr. & Mrs. E. Russell in England from their son Cpl. G. Russell, Hillside Camp, Bulawayo. Opened at top then resealed with pink tape handstamped 'OPENED BY CENSOR' and further struck with violet octagonal 'PASSED CENSOR / A. B. / No. 7' cachet. Most attractive. £145
SR847 1944 13th June, cover endorsed at top 'ON ACTIVE SERVICE' and sent without charge. Struck with crisp violet oval '(Crown) / RHODESIAN / OFFICIAL FREE / AIR TRAINING GROUP' and then despatch 'NORTON / S. RHODESIA' datestamp. Addressed to Johannesburg and sent by one A/CI Brown, Hut A2 RAF, Norton, Nr Salisbury. Opening tear at top otherwise fine and clean. Scarce.
 
Note: a Flying Instructors School opened on the 2nd October 1942, and was the last of the R.A.T.G. Camps to open
£125
SR836 1944 (dated internally 27th June), 3d Active Service Letter Card (H & G 4, ultramarine on white), uprated with KGVI 1½d pair (SG 42), cancelled 'HEANY CAMP / S. RHODESIA datestamps. Addressed to England and opened at top resealed with pink label handstamped 'OPENED BY CENSOR' and then octagonal violet 'PASSED CENSOR / AB. / No. 1' cachet. Countersigned at lower left and further apparently with the censors black ink deletion of several words within. Fine and clean. £120
SR807 1944 11th August, cover endorsed at top 'ON ACTIVE SERVICE' and sent without charge. Struck with very light violet oval '(Crown) / RHODESIAN / OFFICIAL FREE / AIR TRAINING GROUP' and then despatch 'I.T.W. CAMP / BULAWAYO' large dc datestamp, addressed to Cape Town. £40
SR808 1944 5th September, cover endorsed at top 'ON ACTIVE SERVICE' and sent without charge. Struck with light violet oval '(Crown) / RHODESIAN / OFFICIAL FREE / AIR TRAINING GROUP' and then despatch 'I.T.W. CAMP / BULAWAYO' large dc datestamp, addressed to Cape Town. £45
SR835 1944 19th October, 3d Active Service Letter Card (H & G 4, ultramarine on white), uprated with KGVI 1½d pair (SG 42), cancelled 'CRANBORNE / S. RHODESIA datestamps. Addressed to England and apparently un-censored. Few opening tears at top otherwise fine and clean. £85
SR1007 1944 24th November, cover bearing KGVI 2/6 ultramarine and purple (SG 51), cancelled 'HEANY CAMP' and sent Airmail to England. Opened at right and resealed with pink tape handstamped 'OPENED BY CENSOR' and further struck with violet 'PASSED CENSOR / A. B. / No. 12' cachet. Opened on three sides, attractive. £45
SR761 1945 25th January, cover bearing KGVI 1/- and 3d large Falls (SG 48, 35b), cancelled 'HEANY CAMP' addressed and sent airmail to England. Opened at left and re-sealed with plain green label handstamped 'PASSED BY CENSOR' and tied by violet hexagonal 'PASSED CENSOR / AB / No. 12' cachet. Illustrating the War-time 1/3 airmail rate. Clean and attractive. £35
SR816 1945 11th April, 3d Active Service Letter Card (H & G 4, ultramarine on white), uprated with KGVI 1d definitive strip of three (SG 41), cancelled 'THORNHILL / S. RHODESIA' datestamps and sent to a civilian in England. Opened at top then re-sealed with pink label handstamped 'OPENED BY CENSOR' and further octagonal 'PASSED CENSOR / AB. / No. 7' cachet in violet. Comprehensive enclosure and much about the local happenings at the time. Most attractive. £140
SR308 1946 21st July, cover bearing KGVI 6d and 1/- plus 3d large Falls (SG 44, 48, 35b), cancelled 'SALISBURY'. Sent from a German internee at No. 2 Tanganyika Camp as endorsed on reverse flap and sent airmail to German Bavaria. Opened at left and re-sealed with printed clear 'OPENED BY' tape, and struck with black sc 'U. S. CIVIL CENSORSHIP / PASSED / GERMANY' cachet. An unusual and very late useage. £90
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