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Zimbabwe: Southern Rhodesia (1979 - 1980)
Last modified: 2007-02-10 by bruce berry
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Southern Rhodesia (December 1979 - April 1980)
The Zimbabwe Rhodesia government entered into negotiations with
the external nationalists at Lancaster House held under the auspices of
the British Government. This resulted in a ceasefire and the arrival of
a British Governor (Lord Soames) on 12 December 1979. In terms of the Lancaster
House Agreement, Rhodesia reverted
back to being a British Colony under direct control from London. UN sanctions
were lifted and legality was restored. The Union Jack was also reinstated, although
in practice the Zimbabwe Rhodesian flag continued to fly. Under the supervision of the
Commonwealth, further elections were held which resulted in victory for (the
externally based guerilla nationalist) Robert Mugabe. On 18 April 1980
the new sovereign independent republic of Zimbabwe was born and the current
Zimbabwe flag was adopted.
As the Union Jack had become the official the flag of the "colony" in December 1979,
it was thus the Union Jack that was lowered at the Independence
ceremony and not any of the other Rhodesian flags (see my article
in The Flag Bulletin No. XXIV:2/163 - March-April 1995).
Bruce Berry, 20 Nov 1995, 14 Mar 1996
Overview of the Flags of Southern Rhodesia / Rhodesia
/ Zimbabwe-Rhodesia / Zimbabwe
British South African Company (BSAC) flag
British Union flag (alongside various colonial flags)
Southern Rhodesia dark blue ensign (two variants - with and without white disc
Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland ensign (alongside British Union
Southern Rhodesian light blue ensign (alongside British Union Flag)
Jun - Dec1979
Zimbabwe-Rhodesia flag (de facto until Dec 1979; de jure until Apr
Dec 1979 - Apr 1980 British Union flag (de facto although Zimbabwe
Rhodesia flag in common use)
18 Apr 1980 to date Zimbabwe flag
Stuart Notholt, 16 Mar 1996
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