This series contains records created by the Rhodesia Department of the Commonwealth Relations Office. The records deal with United Kingdom and Commonwealth political and economic relations with Rhodesia following the unilateral declaration of independence by the government of Rhodesia in November 1965, and also with general questions relating to the former Central African Federation member states.
By former file reference
For later Commonwealth Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office records on Rhodesia see:
Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:
From 1999 Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Administrative / biographical background:
The Rhodesia Department was formed when the Central Africa Department of the Commonwealth Relations Office was split as part of the general restructuring of responsibilities which resulted from the changes in levels of work relating to the states of the former Central African Federation after the unilateral declaration of independence by Rhodesia on 11 November 1965. Relations with the illegal regime, and also general questions relating to the former states of the old Central African Federation were handled by this department until August 1966 when the Commonwealth Office was formed and responsibilities were split between two sister departments, Rhodesia Economic, and Rhodesia Political.
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