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'Rhodesia: The Final Two Acts. A personal chronicle by Michael Hall'

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MS. 21466
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Michael Hall's personal chronicle of the Lancaster House conference in London in the autumn of 1979, which led to Rhodesia becoming independent as Zimbabwe, and of the period of British administration in Rhodesia between December 1979 and March 1980, including the election campaign won by ZANU-PF.

The chronicle includes copies of documents, cartoons, plans, news articles and images.


  • Creation: Sep 2021


1 volume

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. 21466

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 21466


'Rhodesia: The Final Two Acts. Lancaster House, London and Government House, Salisbury, September 1979 to March 1980. A personal chronicle by Michael Hall, FCO and Diplomatic Service 1973 to 2002'.

Biographical / Historical

Michael Morden Hall was born in Cape Town in 1942 and educated at schools in Swaziland, South Africa, Kenya and England. He read Modern Languages at Cambridge University from 1961 to 1964.

After work as a teacher and in commercial public relations, in 1969 Hall entered the Central Office of Information, Tours Division, which, on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, organised and accompanied the visits to BrĂ­tain of local leaders selected by UK diplomatic missions overseas. In 1973 he joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Conference Department which organised the overseas travel of the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary, and the attendance of UK delegations at major conferences overseas. He was at the Rhodesia Conference at Lancaster House in 1979 and subsequently out in Salisbury.

Hall entered the Diplomatic Service in 1984 and had postings to The Hague, Frankfurt and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and worked in the FCO's Central America Department and West Indian and Atlantic Department. He retired in 2002.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Bodleian Library by Michael Hall in 2021.

Catalogue of 'Rhodesia: The Final Two Acts. A personal chronicle by Michael Hall'
Lucy McCann
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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom