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After the (then) usual boyhood flirtation, Gervas developed a keen interest in philately, and joined the Rhodesia Study Circle - http://www.rhodesianstudycircle.org.uk/ - of which he was eventually made a Life Vice-President.

Upon his arrival in Northern Rhodesia, he was posted to a remote District, where the letters from home reached him after a five or six week journey by sea and railway to the nearest town, and for the last 120 miles along bush paths by runner.  One of his tasks was to arrange for food to be sent to that town to feed workers employed building an airfield.  By 1939 his mail from home was delivered by air within a week.

He contributed the following articles (one of which provided the above anecdote) that were published in the Journal of the Rhodesia Study Circle (RSCJ) :-

1969, The squared circle postmarks of Northern Rhodesia,
    v. 19, no. 2 (66), p.29–30
1969, British Association – Victoria Falls,
    v. 19, no. 3 (67), p.6–8
1970–73, The squared circle postmarks of Northern Rhodesia:
    v. 20, no. 1 (69), p.4–7;
    v. 20, no. 3 (71), p.41–2;
    v. 21, no. 2 (74), p.23–5;
    v. 21, no. 4 (76), p.73–4;
    v. 23, no. 1 (81), p.6–8
1971, When did they open?
    v. 21, no. 4 (76), p.74–5
1971, Mwinilunga – N. Rhodesia:
    v. 21, no. 4 (76), p.75–6
1972, The romance of the inks in Northern Rhodesia:
    v. 22, no. 1 (77), p.15–16
1972, Postmarks of Sumbu:
    v. 22, no 3 (79), p.48
1972, Tales of a District Officer:
    v.22, no. 4 (80), p. 55–6 
1978, Early days in Northern Rhodesia:
    v. 28, no. 2 (102), p.98–102 (includes the word Terai)
1990, BCA overprint with N.E. Rhodesia postmarks 1893–1900:
    v. 40, no. 4 (153), p.168–70

These articles are now in the Library, see Tab on the left of your screen. 




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