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Monday, 29 October 2007

Rhodesia. The Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, an African country consisting of Northern and Southern Rhodesia and Nyasaland, has been an insignificant producer of Diamonds for many years. In 1908, it was prospected carefully for dia­monds and for a time a few hundred carats were found yearly, but none of the deposits ever proved payable and the search was abandoned. In­frequent organized prospecting ven­tures since 1908 have been no more successful. In 1955, however, De Beers Consolidated Mines, Ltd., re­newed its interest in this country and organized De Beers Prospecting (Rhodesian Areas), Ltd., to undertake further exploratory work in Northern Rhodesia. The diamond deposits are known as the Somabula field, and are located near Gwelo