These Colours Don’t Fade: Changing Rhodesia’s Flag, 1967–1968
Kenrick offers a novel interpretation of the processes used to change Rhodesia’s flag in 1967–68. The chapter uses the flag change to explore broader debates about national identity and belonging in Rhodesia’s white community. It considers the roles play by national symbols such as flags, and how these banal artefacts are given meaning. It also offers a comparative perspective on a number of other settler-colonial societies to show how Rhodesia’s independence was not anomalous, but part of wider global trends taking place in other settler societies such as Canada and South Africa. The chapter first looks at the cabinet documents of the committee that selected a new flag and then moves to consider how the new design was received in Parliament and the national media.