Illustrated Life Rhodesia

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Illustrated Life Rhodesia
Editor Heidi Hull
Categories History, news, tabloid
Frequency Fortnightly
Year founded 1968
Final issue 1978
Company Graham Publishing Company
Country Rhodesia
Based in Salisbury

Illustrated Life Rhodesia was a fortnightly picture magazine published in Salisbury, Rhodesia, by the Graham Publishing Company, from at least 1968 [1] to at least 1978. [2] Aimed at the white Rhodesian populace, it carried illustrated articles on Rhodesian history as well as on current affairs and prominent local personalities. [3] [4] [5] [6] It was viewed as liberal by some because, under the editorship of Heidi Hull, [7] [8] it was often critical of the Ian Smith government; [9] nevertheless, it published a favourable report on the 'protected villages' scheme introduced by the government. [10]

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  1. Rhodesia Africana Society , Rhodesiana, 1970
  2. Katja Uusihakala, OPENING UP AND TAKING THE GAP. White Road to and from Rhodesia, unpublished paper, dated around 2000
  3. George Henry Tanser, The Guide to Rhodesia, 1975
  4. All Our Yesterdays 1890 - 1970 A Pictorial Review of Rhodesia's Story from the Best of Illustrated Life Rhodesia, Salisbury: Graham Publishing Co., 1970
  5. Deborah Potts, Zimbabwe, ISBN   978-1-85109-195-9, 1993
  6. Ian Hancock, White liberals, moderates, and radicals in Rhodesia, 1953-1980, 1984
  7. Heidi Holland, Dinner with Mugabe, ISBN   0143025570, 2008, page xi
  8. Heidi Holland obituary, The Daily Telegraph, 16 August 2012
  9. Paul L. Moorcraft, A short thousand years: the end of Rhodesia's rebellion, 1979
  10. David Caute, Under the skin: the death of white Rhodesia, 1983