Rhodesian Services Association (Incorporated)

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We want to preserve Rhodesian history before it is lost. We respectfully ask that you to support us.

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Our aim is to preserve the history of Rhodesia covering from when the country was established in 1890, to the end of 1980 by which time it had become Zimbabwe. The public can visit our museum located at Unit 10, 14 Portside Drive, Mount Maunganui. We also have display areas in the Garrison Club, 3/6 NZIR Hall, Devonport Road, Tauranga and the Classic Flyers Museum, Jean Batten Drive, Mount Maunganui. Internet access to our searchable Nominal and Roll of Honour records in addition to images and details of all the artefacts in the Museum Collection is available through our website.

The Rhodesian Services Association was formed in New Zealand in 2002. We now have membership throughout the world. Membership is not restricted to ex services personnel. We welcome anyone who has a Rhodesian connection or interest.

It all began for us in 2002 when the Commanding Officer of the 6th Battalion (Hauraki) Regiment, Lt Col John Dick ED, was most complimentary of the kind of spirit that Rhodesians represented and insisted that we should have the opportunity to be able to preserve the record of our country and invited us to form a museum display as part of his unit’s history room. This was done with funding and contribution from all over the world. The display was officially opened in April 2003 during a visit to New Zealand by Lt. Gen. Peter Walls.

In 2006 the Classic Flyers Museum invited us to form a display in their museum on Jean Batten Drive, Mount Maunganui. We went on to build a number of displays and installed a storage container.

We have now expanded to the point where on the 1st May 2018, we leased a unit on Portside Drive, Mount Maunganui in which we to house and display all our artefacts. This unit will also be our administration base.

Our goal is to establish a business that will provide revenue and lead on to property ownership for the Association.

Please help us to reach our goal and preserve Rhodesian history for the benefit of future generations.

More about us

The Rhodesian Services Association (Inc.) is an Incorporated Society and a New Zealand Registered Charity (CC25203). The Association is based in New Zealand with a worldwide membership, whose purpose is to benefit and educate the community by preserving artefacts and records of Rhodesian history.

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Our museum name  22 July 2018

Posted by: Rhodesian Services Association (Incorporated)

Our museum is to be known as: The Lion & Tusk - Museum of the Rhodesian Services Association.

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Andrew on 26 Oct 2020
keep up the good work
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Many thanks for your support.

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Ann on 23 Oct 2020
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Thank you very much for your generous donation. We appreciate your support for what we are doing here in New Zealand all the way from you in Canada.

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Leslie on 12 Oct 2020
Appreciate your efforts to keep the Museum going.
Rhodesian Services Association (Incorporated)

Thank you very much for your generous support of our work to preserve Rhodesian history in The Lion and Tusk Museum.

Rhodesian Services Association (Incorporated)
John on 09 Oct 2020
Delighted to see history is being kept alive.
Rhodesian Services Association (Incorporated)

Thank you for your generous donation. Your support certainly helps us to preserve Rhodesian history. We hope that you can visit us one day.

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Marian on 07 Oct 2020
Well done on keeping our history and memories of Rhodesians'courage and tenacity in adversity alive
Rhodesian Services Association (Incorporated)

Thank you for your generous donation and support. We look forward to your next visit to The Lion and Tusk Museum.

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