British South Africa Company

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Hamilton, James (1838 - 1913), HM Lieut of Donegal from 1885; Chairman British South Africa Company

BAGSHAWE, Arthur Clement (1874 - 1937), Papal Cross, Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice, 1933; Local representative British South Africa Company, Northern Rhodesia

MALCOLM, Dougal Orme (1877 - 1955), President of the British South Africa Co., 1937; Director of several other companies

JAMESON, Leander Starr (1853 - 1917), PC 1907; President British South Africa Company; MP Harbour Division, Capetown, 1910–12

BIRCHENOUGH, Henry (1853 - 1937), Fellow Royal Empire Society; Chairman of Rhodesia and Mashonaland Railway Companies since 1925; President of British South Africa Company and Director of the Imperial and Continental Gas Association and other companies

LORD, Cyril (1911 - 1984), Chairman and Managing Director, Cyril Lord Ltd, 1945–68; Director, numerous Companies in Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and South Africa, 1945–68

Robins, Thomas Ellis (1884 - 1962), President of the British South Africa Company; Director: Barclays Bank DCO, African Explosives and Chemical Industries, Anglo-American Corporation of South Africa, Wankie Colliery Co., Premier Portland Cement (Rhodesia), De Beers Consolidated Mines, Union Corporation, and other companies; Trustee Rhodes-Livingstone Museum

FRYE, Jack (1914 - 1975), Chairman: B. Elliott Group of Companies, since 1955; Rotaflex (Gt Britain) Ltd and subsidiary cos, since 1962; Goldfields Industrial Corporation of South Africa and subsidiaries, since 1967; British Iron and Steel Consumers’ Council, since 1967

EMRYS-EVANS, Paul Vychan (1894 - 1967), Chairman, Charter Consolidated Ltd, 1965–66; President, British South Africa Company (Dir, 1949; Vice-Pres., 1959); Director: Anglo American Corporation of South Africa, 1950; Barclay’s Bank (DCO); Rand Selection Corp., 1960; De Beers Consolidated Mines, 1962

HAMBRO, Charles Jocelyn (1897 - 1963), Chairman, Hambros Bank Ltd; President, Union Corporation; Chairman, Bay Hall Trust Ltd; Director: Bank of England; British South Africa Company; Cable & Wireless (Holding) Ltd; Globe Telegraph and Trust Ltd

PEAT, Harry (William Henry) (1878 - 1959), chartered accountant; senior partner Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., chartered accountants, London and other towns in Great Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaya, S. Africa, Kenya and S. Rhodesia, and through associated firms in Canada, USA, France and Belgium; Partner Price, Waterhouse, Peat & Co., Egypt, India and South America; member of Needlemakers’ Company (Master, 1920–21); member of Corporation of City of London, 1915–26

LEIGH-WOOD, James (died 1949), a Governor of Christ’s Hospital; Vice-President Royal Empire Society; Chairman British Empire Games Federation; Vice-Pres. Boy Scouts Association; Vice-President, Gordon Boys School; Governor, St Bartholomew’s Hospital; Knight of Grace of Order of St John of Jerusalem; one of HM Lieutenants for the City of London; a liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company; South African War (despatches twice, Queen’s medal, CMG); European War, General Staff, War Office, 1916–19 (despatches, KBE, CB, Commander of Order of Leopold II)


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A company founded by Rhodes on 13 July 1889 after the conclusion of a treaty with the Matabele King Lobengula which secured him the mineral rights in Matabeleland and the Matabele‐dominated Shonaland. Rhodes's interest in the area was sparked off by rival Afrikaner interests moving into the area. The BSAC was loosely modelled on the British India Company following the British government's refusal to become directly involved in the colonization of the area. After the submission of the Matabele on 14 January 1894, it governed and administered what became Rhodesia until 1923, when it became the colony of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) with limited self‐government under direct British authority. In 1890, it also established its authority over Northern Rhodesia (now known as Zambia), over which it had to resign its authority to the British government in 1923.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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