Rhodesia Was...
'The Honourable Ian Douglas Smith'


This historic recording was made at the Memorial Service held in the UK on 1st December 2007. The Service was conducted on a chilly winter's morning by the Rev. Roger Bayldon and included the 'Tribute to an Extraordinary Life' from Brig. Pat Lawless. Amongst the gathering of approximately 200 people assembled in remembrance was Ian Smith's grandson, Tom, who represented the family. The Reading was by Maj. Butch Zeederberg and the National Anthem and Lament was played by Piper Neil Thain. Albert Weidemann delivered the opening welcome and thanks to the gracious hosts at Burghclere Sports Club, Berkshire.

     Rev. Roger Bayldon


'A Quiet Man...'

Born on the 8th April 1919 in Selukwe, the man who was ultimately to lead the government which launched Rhodesia on the road to independence following the Unilateral Declaration of Independence from Britain on 11th November 1965, passed away peacefully in the Western Cape, South Africa. His long and often controversial political career had humble beginnings following his military service to Great Britain in 237 (Rhodesia) Squadron during the Second World War. Over and above his dedication to the land that he served in government from the early 1960s, his greatest passion was for the land, and he remained on his farm in Selukwe for many years after the ultimate hand-over of power to the state of Zimbabwe in April, 1980. Since his passing, there have been many of his former enemies who have come to realise the true nature and direction of the policies his government strove to bring about, and as a result, also his supreme belief in the ultimate rights of all who shared the country formerly known as Rhodesia.

Production Credits:

With thanks to all who contributed to make this a special Day of Remembrance.
Original Recording and Digital Remastering:  Final Sounds
2007 Final Music

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