Sir Roy Welensky

This picture was from 1959 and sees the Prime Minister of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland striding towards Whitehall for talks about the status of the Central African Federation. By this time, black nationalist aspirations were severely shaking the Federation - especially in Northern Rhodesia and in Nyasaland.

Although he campaigned against the dissolution of the federation, he would later resurface in Rhodesian politics to try and prevent it from declaring UDI.

A fervent admirer of Britain and the Empire, Welensky described himself as "half Jewish, half Afrikaner [and] 100% British"


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