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The Northern Rhodesian Labour Party was a political party in Northern Rhodesia.

Northern Rhodesia protectorate in south central Africa in 1924–1964

Northern Rhodesia was a protectorate in south central Africa, formed in 1911 by amalgamating the two earlier protectorates of Barotziland-North-Western Rhodesia and North-Eastern Rhodesia. It was initially administered, as were the two earlier protectorates, by the British South Africa Company (BSAC), a chartered company, on behalf of the British Government. From 1924, it was administered by the British Government as a protectorate, under similar conditions to other British-administered protectorates, and the special provisions required when it was administered by BSAC were terminated.


The party was established by Roy Welensky in 1941. [1] [2] It was supported by European working class miners and artisans, [3] and campaigned for closer union with Southern Rhodesia. [4] The first congress of the party was held in Nkana on 11 July 1941, [5] [6] and called for immediate amalgamation with Southern Rhodesia. [5] [6]

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In the 1941 general elections the party contested five of the eight seats, winning them all; [7] Welensky in Broken Hill, F. T. Sinclair in Livingstone and Western, Michael McGann in Luanshya, F S Roberts in Ndola and Martin Visagie in Nkana. [7] [8] However, it was dissolved after it was defeated in the 1944 elections. [9]

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Livingstone, Zambia Place in Southern Province, Zambia

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Luanshya Place in Copperbelt Province, Zambia

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  2. Deborah Andrews (1992). Annual Obituary, 1991. St. James Press. p. 771. ISBN   978-1-55862-175-6.
  3. Lewis Henry Gann, Michael Gelfand (1964), Huggins of Rhodesia: The Man and His Country, George Allen & Unwin, p170
  4. Bill Schwarz (2011), The White Man's World, Oxford: Oxford University Press, p363
  5. 1 2 J. R. T. Wood (1983). The Welensky Papers: A History of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. Graham Publishing. p. 80. ISBN   978-0-620-06410-1.
  6. 1 2 The Crown Colonist. Crown Colonist. 1942. p. 372.
  7. 1 2 "N. Rhodesian elections: New Labour Party Wins Five Seats", East Africa and Rhodesia, 4 September 1941, p7
  8. "Matters of Moment", East Africa and Rhodesia, 4 September 1941, p3
  9. Don Taylor (1955), The Rhodesian: The Life of Sir Roy Welensky, Museum Press, p75