Looking back at the ‘heroic-age’ of polar exploration with new stamps

14 October 2015

The Ross Dependency 2015 stamp issue looks back to more than a century ago, when explorers from the ‘heroic-age’ of polar exploration embarked on the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. The expedition was made up of two separate teams on opposite sides of the continent - one heralded as the ‘greatest survival story ever told’, the other, ‘the greatest survival story never told’.

This Ross Dependency issue looks at both the crew of the Endurance (captained by New Zealander Frank Worsley) and the Ross Sea Party - both parties ended up stranded without supplies for long periods of time, making this one of the most epic tales of survival in New Zealand’s history.

“The Ross Dependency plays an important part in New Zealand’s history,” said Simon Allison, Head of Stamps and Coins at New Zealand Post, “Our Ross Dependency stamps are always a popular issue for our collectors and we believe this stamp issue really conveys the intensity of this amazing story of survival.”

Included in this issue are six gummed stamps; three stamp focus on the crew of the Endurance and the remaining three focus on the Ross Sea Party. The highlight of the issue is the Limited Edition which tells the in-depth tale of the men’s survival. There are only 2,000 Limited Editions available, which include a booklet written by the Antarctic Heritage Trust as well as exclusive stamp products.

The 2015 Ross Dependency: Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition issue is available for purchase from 4 November 2015 at New Zealand PostShops. Pre-orders are being taken now through the Whanganui Collectables and Solutions Centre or online at nzpost.co.nz/RossDependency

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Libby Greatbatch
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