Window on Rhodesia – the Jewel of Africa
View of Rhodesia from a window of the Leopard Rock Hotel, Vumba, near Umtali.
“No territory annexed to the British Empire in the last hundred years has come with a more honourable record than Rhodesia”
– His Excellency Lieut-Col. Sir John Chancellor G.C.M.G., G.C.V.O., D.S.O. first Governor of Southern Rhodesia, 1st October 1923.
Purpose of the site
This is a Rhodesian history archive about Rhodesia from Cecil Rhodes to Ian Smith (formerly Southern Rhodesia, and for 10 years a part of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, and now called Zimbabwe) for the purpose of placing on record the way of life and amazing achievements, possibly without equal in the world, of a small community living its own life and developing a country from scratch whilst also taking on the burden and succeeding in uplifting a much more numerous backward population. The site is intended not just for those of us who lived there but also for those who did not. Rhodesia existed for 90 years and much was achieved during this time – and not just in the last few years. To future generations the 1960s and 70s will be just as much history as the 1890s or 1930s. For this reason this site seeks to present aspects of Rhodesia from the whole of her life. – Rhodesia in Brief.
A large maps archive including the whole country at 1:250 000 scale.
Find the village, farm, mine or mission where you or your family lived!
Sir Roy Welensky
Rhodesia’s African Welfare programme was markedly superior to that of any African “majority ruled” country – or indeed any run by the British Colonial Office itself!
African Life in 1972 by Lawrence Chaza