Centre Party (Rhodesia); papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Policy documents, minutes, agendas, annual congress minutes, speeches, press statements etc. comprising: Policy documents 1969 - 1977; documents on procedure; newsletters, including an almost complete run of the Centre Party Newsletter Jan. 1974 - Jun. 1977; speeches by various leaders 1968 - 1977; minutes, agendas, etc including a complete set of annual congress minutes 1969 - 1976; elections; other printed ephemera; Salisbury Division, includes agenda and minutes of Salisbury North branch meetings, Feb. 1969 - Jan. 1970. The material from 1968-1970 came from Mr. G. Tanser; and other items from the Centre Party and archives.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Centre Party was founded in 1969 when a group of white Rhodesians, many of whom had gone into opposition with Sir Edgar Whitehead, decided to regroup. The party was multiracial; and its initial policy included support for a non-racial qualified franchise, acceptance of the Land Apportionment Act, and the progressive elimination of obvious examples of racial discrimination. It remained small and never had any white parliamentary representation, but it did draw on middle class black electoral support and in the 1970 election its African candidates received the largest share of African Roll votes. It was represented by seven black MPs but its support for the Pearce Commission proposals created considerable disillusionment among its African following, many of whom turned to the newly formed African National Council. In 1977 the Centre Party merged with the Rhodesia Party to form the National Unifying Force.

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Note

Originally published by Access to Archives - A2A. The data in this finding aid is in the copyright of the place of deposit.

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