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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Juleswings Militaria
Juleswings Militaria on 12 Jun 2020
Really hope I make it across the ditch to visit the museum one day in the not too distant future. Good luck
Rhodesian Services Association (Incorporated)

Many thanks for your generous support. Hopefully our borders open up soon and we look forward to your visit. Please make personal contact with us when you have a firm plan.

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andy on 06 Jun 2020
You guys are awesome . Good luck and best regards to Hugh Bomford who helped me out with my Medals. Take care and keep up the good work.
Rhodesian Services Association (Incorporated)

Thank you for your generous donation and supportive comments - it is much appreciated.

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Barbara on 26 May 2020
Rhodesian Services Association (Incorporated)

Thank you very much for your generous donation, it is much appreciated.

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WAYNE on 22 Apr 2020
Having served in USMC Force Reconnaissance in the 1970s I experienced enough to be deeply impressed by what you folks accomplished in the bush war - as described in "A Handful of Hard Men" and "We Dared to Win". You were truly the best troops on the globe at the time. I was also saddened and outraged by the treatment you received from the supposedly "free world" - those that should have had your back, turned on you instead. But you remained 'Semper Fi" - always faithful to your fellow soldiers and your country. My deepest respect and best regards to all those who fought so valiantly in the war for Rhodesian survival. And my thanks to Hannes Wessels, Andre Scheepers, Darrell Watt (and others) for making this story available to the world. Oorah.
Rhodesian Services Association (Incorporated)

Hello Wayne. Thank you for your generous donation and words of support. If you ever travel to New Zealand please come and visit The Lion and Tusk Museum.

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Yagil on 07 Feb 2020
Rhodesian Services Association (Incorporated)

Thank you for your support with this generous donation as well as with our Rhodesian Forces Archives Project.

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