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Alexander Russell Rhodesia [i.e. Zimbabwe] photographs 1900-7

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3052D

Scope and Contents

Collection of 5 " x 4 " copy negatives from an album containing twelve prints measuring approximately 155 x 110 mm, with letterpress captions printed beneath the photographs (in some cases different photographs have been inserted and the captions amended). The captions have been used as titles and have been recorded as found. The album, created by Telegraphist and Postmaster Alexander Russell, offers an interesting visual record of Salisbury and the surrounding areas in Rhodesia's early days.

Alexander Russell's career: Telegraphist, Victoria (Australia), 1888-95; Telegraphist, Western Australia, 1895-8; Victorian Postal Service, 1899; Telegraphist, Rhodesia, 14th March, 1990’ Acting postmaster, Kopje, 1st May 1902; Postmaster, Victoria (Rhodesia), 1st July 1902; Postal Assistant, Bulawayo, 26th May 1904; Acting Postmaster and Telegraphist, Jumba Mine, 16th September 1909; Postmaster and Telegraphist, Gatooma, 1st July to 30th September 1910; Telegraphist, Salisbury, 1st October 1910; Assistant, Umtali, 1st February 1911; Assistant, Bulawayo, 1st April, 1913; Assistant, Gwelo, 2nd June 1913; Postmaster and Telegraphist, Victoria 1st August, 1914; Assistant, Bulawayo, 9th February 1915. (Rhodesia Civil Service Lists 1914-16)

The RCS does not possess the 1917-19 list and Russell does not appear in the 1920 edition.


  • Creation: 1900 - 1907

Conditions Governing Access

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12 item(s) (12 images)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Varying but generally good condition.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, together with Y3052C, to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Library by Telecom Australia in 1975, with the expressed wish that the material be passed on to Southern Rhodesia at such a time as a duly constituted and recognised government be formed. The albums were placed in the care of The Royal Commonwealth Society and in 1985 were presented to the Zimbabwe National Archives.


This collection level description was entered by WS and MJC using information from the original typescript catalogue.



Includes index.
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