Rhodesian Annuals

“In its illustrations, short stories and articles, The Rhodesian Annual portrays very faithfully the scenery, conditions and the life of Rhodesia, and has successfully caught and expresses what one might call the atmosphere and spirit of the country.” – written in 1929 by The Hon. H.U. (Howard) Moffat C.M.G. – Premier of Southern Rhodesia 1927-1933.

The Rhodesian Annual was published from 1926 to 1963 generally a few weeks before Christmas each year. The first, 1926, edition was titled The Rhodesia Annual before it was realised that this name was already in use and incorporated in the British South Africa Annual. The original Rhodesia Annual was first published in 1911 but in 1915 the title was changed to “British South Africa Annual with which is incorporated the Rhodesia Annual” – although in some years this adjunct was omitted. Thereafter, the majority of its content related to the Union of South Africa with small sections covering the other British territories in Southern Africa as well as Moçambique – the final edition being for 1939-40.  

Both these magazines were of large format and typically ran to 160-170 pages per edition. The Rhodesian Annual generally measured 26cm x 37cm, except for a few smaller ones in the early 1950s and 1960s, whilst the BSAA was even larger at 28cm x 39,5cm. (cf. today’s A4 size: c 21 x 30cm). This, and the fact that they cannot be opened completely flat, can make scanning rather difficult.  Selected contents from each annual will be added as time permits – click on an edition below where the title is shown with a blue link (stars * = no. of items).

 

 

Rhodesian Annual 1928 front page
Rhodesian Annual 1928

 

Rhodesian Annual 1930 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1930
Rhodesian Annual 1931 front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1931

 

Rhodesian Annual 1932 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1932
Rhodesian Annual 1933 front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1933

 

Rhodesian Annual 1934 front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1934
Rhodesian Annual 1935 front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1935

 

Rhodesian Annual 1936 front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1936
Rhodesian Annual 1937 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1937

 

Rhodesian Annual 1939 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1939

 

Rhodesian Annual 1941 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1941

 

Rhodesian Annual 1942 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1942
Rhodesian Annual 1943 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1943

 

Rhodesian Annual 1944 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1944
Rhodesian Annual 1945 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1945

 

Rhodesian Annual 1946 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1946
Rhodesian Annual 1947 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1947

 

Rhodesian Annual 1948 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1948
Rhodesian Annual 1949 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1949

 

Rhodesian Annual 1950 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1950
Rhodesian Annual 1951 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1951

 

Rhodesian Annual 1952-53 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1952-53
Rhodesian Annual 1953-54 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1953-54

 

Rhodesian Annual 1955 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1955

 

Rhodesian Annual 1956 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1956
Rhodesian Annual 1957 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1957

 

Rhodesian Annual 1958 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1958
Rhodesian Annual 1959 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1959

 

Rhodesian Annual 1960 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1960
Rhodesian Annual 1961 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1961

 

Rhodesian Annual 1962 - front cover
Rhodesian Annual 1962
Rhodesian Annual 1963 - front cover
 Rhodesian Annual 1963

 

 

The following is a selection from the Rhodesia Annual, which was renamed the British South Africa Annual in 1915, after which its content became focussed mostly on the Union of South Africa although still with some interesting Rhodesian articles in most years.

 

Rhodesia Annual 1914-15 - front cover
Rhodesia Annual 1914-15

 

British South Africa Annual 1915-16 (incorporating the Rhodesia Annual) - front cover
British South Africa Annual 1915-16 (incorporating the Rhodesia Annual)

 

British South Africa Annual 1924-25 - front cover
British South Africa Annual 1924-25
British South Africa Annual 1929-30 (incorporating the Rhodesia Annual) - front cover
British South Africa Annual 1929-30 (incorporating the Rhodesia Annual)

 

British South Africa Annual 1930-31 (incorporating the Rhodesia Annual) - front cover
British South Africa Annual 1930-31 (incorporating the Rhodesia Annual)
British South Africa Annual 1931.32 (incorporating the Rhodesia Annual) - front cover
British South Africa Annual 1931-32 (incorporating the Rhodesia Annual)

 

British South Africa Annual 1932-33 front cover
British South Africa Annual 1932-33 (incorporating the Rhodesia Annual)
British South Africa Annual 1933-34 (incorporating the Rhodesia Annual) - front cover
British South Africa Annual 1933-34 (incorporating the Rhodesia Annual)

 

 

British South Africa Annual 1937-38 front cover
British South Africa Annual 1937-38 (incorporating the Rhodesia Annual)

 

British South Africa Annual 1938-39 (incorporating the Rhodesia Annual) - front cover
British South Africa Annual 1938-39 (incorporating the Rhodesia Annual)

 

The oldest Rhodesian illustrated annuals are almost certainly the Bulawayo Chronicle Christmas Numbers. I am aware of only three editions of which I have two as below. They have c 90 well illustrated pages measuring no less than 31cm x 49cm!

 

Bulawayo Chronicle Christmas Number 1902 - front cover
Bulawayo Chronicle Christmas Number 1902
Bulawayo Chronicle Christmas Number 1903 - front cover
Bulawayo Chronicle Christmas Number 1903