BULAWAYO MEMORIES

 

Rhodes Centenary Exhibition 1953

The Central Africa Rhodes Centenary Exhibition

May 30 – 29 August 1953

Opened officially by the Queen Mother on July 3rd, the Rhodes Centenary Exhibition , which commemorated the one-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Cecil Rhodes, founder of the Rhodesia, was the first of its kind to be held on the African continent.

In the 50 acres of the Exhibition all those countries in Africa south of the Sudan – 18 in all – had their own private pavilions.

An area of some 10 acres is devoted to light and heavy industries, the Motor Show and external exhibits, whilst in the Court of Services banks, building societies, travel agencies, shipping companies and air lines are represented. In addition to the Government Pavilions and commercial section, the non-industrial section of some 70,000 square feet houses the Post Office, Court of Rhodes, the Hall of Africa, the Court of Cities, the Rhodesia Ideal Home Exhibit, the Southern and Northern Rhodesia Government exhibits, Conference Hall and Press and Broadcasting Rooms.

Supplement to the Rhodesian Recorder August 1953

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