Attention!  This new site is still under construction. Until it is complete, please visit the old site as well as it has many more pages which are well worth viewing.

Window on Rhodesia – the Jewel of Africa

View of Rhodesia from the 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 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 in Brief


Attention – Please read this!  This new site is still under construction. Until it is complete, please be sure to visit the old site as well as it has many more pages of information which are well worth viewing.



MAPS – masses of them!

A large collection including the whole country at 1:250 000 scale.

Find the village, farm, mine or mission where you or your family lived!


Pioneer Travel – 1890s

In The Beginning

Road Travel in Rhodesia

Rhodesia Railways

Air Rhodesia


African Welfare

Rhodesia’s enlightened African Welfare programme was markedly superior to that of any African “majority ruled” country – or indeed any run by the British Colonial Office itself!

A People’s Progress 1890-1970

Advancement in African Housing 1960

The New Environment 1973

How Bulawayo Cares for its African Population

African Life in 1972 by Lawrence Chaza

Challenge & Achievement in the tribal areas