Initially a telegraph office only, opened in 1897. When the Boers cut the railway and occupied the area, 21st October 1899, the datestamp accompanied the Imperial Forces retiring north towards Mahalapye. It probably then was used at the Base Camp Post Office based on the evidence of covers and the following statement by the Bulawayo Postmaster which appeared in S.G.M.J. November 1900: “I might add that all letters received from Mafeking were checked at the base Camp Post Office, and again in my office here, with a view to checking the postage. The examining clerks at both offices initialled the envelopes and marked the value of the stamps affixed.” The datestamp often appeared on letters received by the bi-weekly nothern runner mail (but not the initials) from besieged Mafeking which was relieved on 17th May 1900. Crocodile Pools itself was re-occupied shortly after the Boers evacuated it on 25th February. The datestamp returned to its own office by October 1901 which evidently then reverted to becoming a telegraph office by 1902, until it closed 1st November 1914.
Base Camp Post Office Mochudi: 16.12.99-6.1.00
Base Camp Post Office Gaberones: 7.2.00-5.6.00
Crocodile Pools: 30.10.01-17.12.01
|Usage: 16.12.99-5.6.00 & 30.10.01-17.12.01|
Francistown (or Francestown)
Named after Mr. Daniel Francis prospector and one of the founders of Tati Concessions Ltd. It was the headquaters of the Tati district. The post office was transfewrred from Tati which had been bypassed by the railway. Under the control of the British South Africa Company until September 1898, when Bechuanaland stamps replaced the Rhodesian issue.
Although situated in Rhodesia, it was under the control of the Bechuanaland Protectorate until 15th May 1894, when it was taken over by the British South African Company. The first postmaster was Rev. C. D. Helm at Hope Fountain.
|Usage: 10.11.88-1.8.91|| Usage: 21.8.88
May not have been used postally, as it is possible the unadapted datestamp was never sent from headquaters. Only known used cancelling stamps to order, probably for souvenirs