Victoria Land

These stamps were used by the Scott Antarctic Expedition of 1910-1913.

Issue information

The Expedition left England in the ship Terra Nova on 15 June 1910 and departed Port Chalmers, New Zealand on 29 November 1910 arriving in Mc Murdo Sound, Antarctica on 4 January 1911.

Captain R F Scott R.N. was appointed Postmaster by the New Zealand Government for the duration of the Exhibition.

The stamps, a 1/2d Edward VII and 1d Dominion were overprinted 'Victoria Land'. The Expedition also used the same date stamp as was used on the 1908 Shackleton Antarctic Exhibition.

The polar party achieved their objective of reaching the South Pole only to find they had been beaten by the Norwegian Expedition led by Amundsen. The party of five men (including Scott) all perished on the march back to the coast.

Acknowledgments

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Historical information included on this page sourced from The Postage Stamps of New Zealand published by the Royal Philatelic Society of NZ. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link: https://www.rpsnz.org.nz/

Product Listing for Victoria Land

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 1/2d 'Edward VII' gummed stamp.

Overprinted 'Victoria Land'.

1/2d
Single Stamp

Single 1d 'Penny Dominion' gummed stamp.

Overprinted 'Victoria Land'.

1d

Technical information

Date of issue: 4 January 1910
Designers: W R Royle and Sons, England and Guido Bach
Printers: Government Printing Office, New Zealand
Stamp size: 20mm x 22mm
Sheet size: 1/2d: 240 stamps per sheet; 1d: 120 stamps per sheet
Process: Surface printed - Typography
Perforation gauge: 14 x 15
Paper type: De La Rue, chalk surfaced, NZ and star watermark.