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an armorial of zimbabwe and rhodesia - Association of Amateur ...

an armorial of zimbabwe and rhodesia - Association of Amateur ...


PREFACE This armorial of Zimbabwe and Rhodesia was the brainchild of the late, and much lamented, Guy Storry, one of the founder members of the Rhodesia Heraldry & Genealogy Society in 1970.For the first few years the Society concentrated on persuading the government of the day to introduce a Heraldry Act to enable the registration of arms by individuals. Before 1970, and up to 1977, arms could be registered only by institutions and societies. The Society was successful, principally thanks to Guy, and the Heraldry Act giving effect to all that had been asked was passed in 1977 and is still in operation. From 1978 onwards the Society concentrated on collecting the details of the arms of all those who had had a connection with the country. This turned out to be a long painstaking task involving hours of poring through many records and books to unearth all that could be found. The result was a surprise to us all. Bill Neale, a member who was on the staff of the National Archives, provided the first list from archive records and we marched steadily onwards from there. Guy expected to find about two hundred but we have discovered nearly four hundred so far and we know now that we do not have them all. Others involved were Bert Harris, another founder member and happily still with us, Brian Harper, now in Australia, Willy Jervois and Joan Merrington, both now in South Africa. Latterly we have had Mike Males, the present Harare Branch Chairman, and Beryl Lindsay, our tireless Harare Branch Secretary and with myself writing, checking and collating all the way through. The major problem that surfaced some years ago was the illustrations. Finally it was decided to illustrate all the arms and to do so in full colour. For this we had Mike Males who is a very accomplished artist and all the magnificent illustrations are his work. Without Mike I do not know what we would have done and anyone who looks at this volume will realise the enormous amount of work he has carried out. No thanks, however expressed, seem sufficient. The armigers themselves come from many parts of the world and include a number of famous people such as Baden-Powell, Prince Alexander of Teck (the Earl of Athlone), Princes of the House of Bourbon, a number of Peers of the Realm and others whose surnames are household words in many places. I will leave the reader to find them for himself. For me personally, recording and collating, it has been a fascinating kaleidoscope of history and a brilliant "blaze of heraldry". I have to admit that some of the blazons I came across, and where there was no illustration of any sort available, gave me a headache. If I have indeed erred with the interpretation of any of the blazons I trust the reader will forgive me since it is the first time I have ever attempted such a task. In the process I acquired an undying admiration for A.C. Fox-Davies whose two-volume masterpiece, "Armorial Families", rests on my bookshelf. I can only look at his work with awe when I compare it with our tiny armorial. November, 1999 IV M.W. JONES CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL

HERALDRY IN ZIMBABWE Although in comparison with most countries that have legal and established systems for the granting and protection of Arms, or the registration of already existing Arms of persons domiciled in those countries, Zimbabwe - as a much younger country is fortunate in having a well-regulated procedure for this which began with the protection of Names, Uniforms and Badges Act of 1951 of the colony of Southern Rhodesia. In order to cover personal Arms the Armorial Bearings, Names, Uniforms and Badges Act (Chapter 2) of 1971 - Amended in 1977 - set up Registry of Arms under the control of a Registrar, and this legislation was validated when Zimbabwe achieved independence in 1980. An aspiring armiger will probably get in touch with a licentiate Heraldist and Herald Painter of a branch of The Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Zimbabwe and will have discussions as to their own interests, trade or vocation and any possible armigerous antecedents. Several alternative possible Coats of Arms will then be drawn up in colour and a decision taken as to the one for which registration will be applied. The Licentiate will then compile the blazon - heraldic description - of the proposed full achievement and will produce three coloured and twelve black and white copies of it; the latter having the tinctures shown by the Petra Sancta system of rulings. All fifteen copies together with a completed applications form N.U.B.I. and the current fee are then deposited with the Registrar. The Registrar will send a copy to each member of the Heraldry Committee, appointed under the Act, for their advice on the correctness of the application or other suggestions, also to each Presiding Officer of the Community Councils in the main towns in the country. If the reports from the Committee are favourable he will send the applicant a completed form N.U.B.4 which is the draft for an advertisement that the applicant, at his own expense, must have published by the Government Printer in the Zimbabwean Government Gazette. This notice gives not only the full blazon, but notice of where copies of the application are open for inspection for a period of sixty days. If no objections are received, a Certificate of Registration, N.U.B.7 is issued engrossed with the impressed seal of the Patent Office, Zimbabwe, which gives the Registered Number in the Register of Armorial Bearings. Attached to the Certificate is one of the coloured drawings originally submitted, another is affixed to the page in the Register held at Electra House, Harare, and the third copy is kept in the Registrar’s file. To complete the process a Government Notice is published in the Gazette confirming the registration. There is a growing interest in Heraldry and Genealogy in Zimbabwe and the Society produces an annual magazine “The Tabard” which is distributed to members worldwide and holds monthly meetings in Harare at which talks are given on the many aspects of this fascinating and absorbing subject. V MICHAEL MALES VICE PRESIDENT

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