Rixon became Cecil Rhodes' servant in 1888. He was later employed by Col. Frank Rogers, Sir Harry Wilson and Sir Percy Fitzgerald.
Cecil John Rhodes (1853-1902) was born on 5 July 1853 at Bishop Stortford, Hertfordshire, where he attended the local grammar school, 1861-1869. He was sent to South Africa in 1870, and moved to Orange Free State in 1871 to exploit the discovery of diamonds. Rhodes matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford, in 1873, and revisited Oxford regularly until he graduated B.A. and M.A. in 1881. He steadily increased his holdings in the Kimberley diamond fields, and helped to found the De Beers Mining Company in 1880. He was elected to the Cape legislature for Barkly West in 1880, and held the constituency for the rest of his life. Rhodes helped to secure Bechuanaland for the Cape government in 1884, and was made its Deputy Commissioner. He became Chairman of the De Beers Consolidated Mines in 1888, and helped to form the corporation Consolidated Goldfields of South Africa. After Rhodes agreed terms with Lobengula, King of Matatabeleland, in 1888, the British South Africa Company assumed responsibility for Rhodesia in 1889. Rhodes helped with the organisation of the new territory, and directed the war against the Matabeles, 1893-1894, which extended its boundaries. He was Prime Minister of the Cape, 1890-1896, but was forced to resign following his involvement in the Jameson Raid in December 1895. Thereafter, he continued to develop Rhodesia, and in 1896 established a permanent peace with the Matabeles. Rhodes died on 26 March 1902 at the village of Muizenburg.
An undated xerox copy of typed notes, made in Johannesburg in 1950, of Rixon's recollections of Cecil Rhodes, 8 pages. There is also one page of photocopied press cuttings concerning a band of Cape Coloured musicians founded by C.J. Rhodes and mentioned by Rixon.
The R.C.S. Manuscripts Collection includes other material relating to Cecil Rhodes, RCMS 113/85 and 113/99. The R.C.S. Photograph Collection includes photographs of Rhodes, Y3011T/45-48.
Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), pp. 116-117. Indexed