• Short Summary

    AS BRITAIN'S LAST REPRESENTATIVES IN RHODESIA PREPARE THEIR WITHDRAWAL FOLLOWING THE SEVERING OF DIPLOMATIC CONTACTS BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES GOVERNMENT HOUSE STAFF ARE BUSY PACKING THE BELONGINGS OF THE GOVERNOR, SIR HUMPHREY GIBBS, LAST PERSONAL VICE-REGAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE QUEEN IN AFRICA.

  • Description

    AS BRITAIN'S LAST REPRESENTATIVES IN RHODESIA PREPARE THEIR WITHDRAWAL FOLLOWING THE SEVERING OF DIPLOMATIC CONTACTS BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES GOVERNMENT HOUSE STAFF ARE BUSY PACKING THE BELONGINGS OF THE GOVERNOR, SIR HUMPHREY GIBBS, LAST PERSONAL VICE-REGAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE QUEEN IN AFRICA.

    THE 67-YEAR-OLD GOVERNOR HAD REFUSED TO QUIT HIS POST WHILE HE THOUGHT THERE WAS STILL A REAL CHANCE BRITAIN AND RHODESIA MIGHT SETTLE THEIR INDEPENDENCE DISPUTE. BUT THE RECENT REFERENDUM OVERWHELMINGLY APPROVING PRIME MINISTER IAN SMITH'S PLANS FOR A REPUBLIC AND AN APARTHEID-STYLE CONSTITUTION MEANT THAT CHANCE WAS ALL BUT GONE.

    ANNOUNCING HIS RESIGNATION SIR HUMPHREY SAID: "THERE IS NO FURTHER USEFUL PURPOSE TO BE SERVED BY MY REMAINING IN OFFICE". HE AND HIS WIFE WILL LEAVE GOVERNMENT HOUSE FOR THEIR FARM IN BULAWAYO AND THE BRITISH FLAG AND THE GOVERNOR'S GOLD-AND-BLUE STANDARD WILL GO, TOO.

    SOON AFTER SIR HUMPHREY'S DEPARTURE, FURNISHERS AND MAINTENANCE MEN WILL MOVE IN TO PREPARE FOR A NEW ARRIVAL AT THE RAMBLING OLD DUTCH-STYLE HOUSE. HE IS TO BE RHODESIA'S OWN SUBSTITUTE GOVERNOR, MR. CLIFFORD DUPONT, OFFICER ADMINISTERING THE GOVERNMENT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAVG41NX0HZROTUX2IN4T9K41F
    Media URN:
    VLVAVG41NX0HZROTUX2IN4T9K41F
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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