Evelyn Dennison Hone last Governor of Northern Rhodesia (Zambia)

Evelyn Dennison Hone last Governor of Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) Evelyn Dennison Hone last Governor of Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) Evelyn Dennison Hone last Governor of Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) Evelyn Dennison Hone last Governor of Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) Evelyn Dennison Hone last Governor of Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) Evelyn Dennison Hone last Governor of Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) Evelyn Dennison Hone last Governor of Northern Rhodesia (Zambia)

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Evelyne Dennison Hone

1959,rolls royce belonging to sir evelyn hone ,last governor of northern rhodesia ..parked outside cabinet office


Sir Evelyn Dennison Hone born in December 1911 and died on 18 September 1979 was the last Governor of Northern Rhodesia, from 1959 until it gained its independence as Zambia in 1964.

Governor: Northern RhodesiaIn
office: 22 April 1959 – 24 October 1964
Preceded: Sir Arthur Benson
Succeeded by: Kenneth Kaunda as President of Zambia

He played an important role in assisting Zambia in achieving her independency.
His boss was Sir Roy Welenskey the prime minister of Northern/Southern Rhodesia and Nyasaland.
Evelyn was born into the Hone family in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia today called Harare Zimbabwe.
He was the son of Arthur Rickman Hone, the Chief Magistrate in Southern Rhodesia, and Olive Gertrude Fairbridge Scanlen, the daughter of Sir Thomas Scanlen.

He was the nephew of Rt. Rev. Campbell Hone and the great-grandson of Ven. Richard Hone.

After studying at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, Hone entered the Colonial Service and served in Tanganyika Territory.

He was the Chief secretary to Sir Arthur Benson the Governor of Northern Rhodesia from 1957 to 1959, he himself became governor in 1959.

He died in September 1979 at the age of 68.

Evelyn Hone College.
The name that has come to be more famous than the real owner of the name in the 21st century and most outstanding institution that has kept his name from remaining buried six feet under with him is the Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce was which was officially opened by him on 23rd October 1963 and offered its first courses in 1963.

Harry Mwanga Nkumbula after fighting for black representation in the white dominated colonial parliament fought and became minister of education despite differences and and opposition from Kaunda, Kapwepwe and those that felt that locals should not work with whites but gain total control of the government system. As minister of education Harry Nkumbula did a proposal and budget for a university. After major adjustments to the budget and changes to the initial proposed locality, Evelyn Hone College was built and commissioned.

At inception, the college was called College of Further Education and offered very few courses at certificate and diploma levels. The name changed to Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce in 1972.
At present the college has grown to become the largest Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training (TEVET) institution. It has a population of about 7,000 students, 270 members of staff and offers 41 programmes in its seven academic departments and schools.
The departments and schools are Health and Applied Sciences, School of Business and Management Studies, School of Media and information Science, School of Education and Department of Open Distance and Flexible Learning (ODFL). Giving strength to all the mentioned schools and departments are Library and ICT departments. These departments offer information services to the entire institution.

The college offers academic and professional training in various disciplines such as Business and Management, Information Technology, Health Sciences, Laboratory Sciences, Art, Music, Communication Skills, Library studies, Journalism, Printing Technology, Office Management. The college has currently partnered with Binary University to offer degree programmes in Computer Science, Human Resource, Accountancy, and Business Management.

It was until much later on that John Mwanakatwe after independence as minister of education did a proposal for a university and the Great North Road University of Zambia came into being.

Lusaka City Status

The nation had several national celebrations grace by the Governor dotted around every calendar year during the colonial years. One of these celebrations was the Lusaka Civic Celebrations.
Sir Evelyn Hone, Governor of Northern Rhodesia, presented Letters Patent, conferring city status on Lusaka, to A J Fischer, Mayor of Lusaka on 9th September in 1960.

Legacy and name.

Some section of Zambia’s society have been advocating for the bringing down of the Evelyn Dinnison Hone statue located at Evelyn Hone college while some have also been advocating for the renaming of the Evelyn Hone college in order to rid Zambia of the colonial memories. Some sections of society also feel that history and historical symbols and records should be maintained because one can only fully appreciate their journey if they have visibility of where they are coming from.



Sir Evelyn Dennison Hone played a vital role in the struggles for Zambian independence and ensured a very peaceful transition of change of government to majority one man one vote rule.

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