Zimbabwe under colonial rule, in Government reports, 1897-1980

Annual departmental reports relating to Southern Rhodesia, 1897-1980

Annual departmental reports relating to Southern Rhodesia, 1897-1980

The outbreak of rinderpest early in 1896 destroyed the means of transport, and this, followed almost immediately by an extensive native rising, practically confined operations (save those of maintenance) to the line of railway
Mr G. H. Evans, the Postmaster-General, 1896Postmaster General, 1896-1938

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Discover how Zimbabwe's Ndebele natives were treated by the British

This collection contains annual reports by successive colonial administrations in Rhodesia. It ranges from the period of corporate colonisation in the late 19th century right through to the creation of an independent Zimbabwean republic in 1980. The documents provide an overview of the evolution of colonial rule from the perspective of colonial administrators. They highlight their response to early anti-colonial resistance such as the Shona and Ndeble Risings of 1896-1897. The records also highlight the difficulties caused by the Smith government’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1965 and ensiuing decades of white minority rule.


Zimbabwe under colonial rule, in Government reports, 1897-1980...

Containing 98,505 pages belonging to 50 documents housed in 12 volumes...

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Administration, 1897-1977

Three different colonial offices held responsibility for the administration of Southern Rhodesia between 1897 and 1980. Between 1890 and 1913...

Auditor General, 1914-1980

The major financial reports for Southern Rhodesia are those of the Auditor General 1914-1980, Estimates from 1899-1980, Financial Statements 1940-1980,...

Accounting Estimates, 1899-1980

These records cover the estimates of expenditure to be defrayed from revenue and loan funds, whether from monies initially allocated...

Miscellaneous Financial Records, 1918-1980

These financial records include papers regarding: Financial Statements, Taxes, Economic Reports, Economic Surveys, Public Sector Investment, the Rhodesia Currency Boards,...


  • These reports are arranged by the departments which they cover within Zimbabwe. Comparing the data in them shows how each area of government has developed over the years.
  • These papers cover the Second Matabele War in Mashonaland, now known as the First Chimurenga, and describe its aftermath.
  • The coverage of these items includes the Boer War, where the police had to fight, World War One and World War Two. Social services in the colony also feature.
  • Annual Departmental Reports differ from Blue Books of Statistics because they include explanations of why the statistics are at the levels recorded.
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