First Trans-Tasman Flight 30th Anniversary - Kingsford Smith

This stamp was issued to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith's first Trans-Tasman flight with Charles T.P. Ulm as co pilot. The stamp was issued jointly by Australia and New Zealand.

Issue information

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith was born on 9 February 1897 in Hamilton, Queensland, Australia.  He disappeared in 1935 with Australian Thomas Pethybridge after passing over Calcutta during a flight from London to Australia. The two were presumed lost.

Acknowledgments

New Zealand Post would like to acknowledge the following for their assistance and guidance in bringing together this stamp issue.

Historical Information

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/

Stamp Bulletin

Bulletin scanned and provided by John Biddlecombe of the New Zealand Society of Great Britain. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link: http://www.nzsgb.org.uk/

Stamp Bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 15 on 28 July 1958.

Product Listing for First Trans-Tasman Flight 30th Anniversary - Kingsford Smith

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 6d gummed stamp.

The stamp featured the Southern Cross with the portrait of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and his aircraft.

6d

Technical information

Date of issue: 27 August 1958
Designers: J E Lyle, Auckland
Printers: Australian Bank Note and Stamp Printer, Australia
Stamp size: 25mm x 38mm
Sheet size: 120 stamps per sheet
Process: Recess printed - Intaglio
Paper type: Wiggins Teape 'Esparto', multiple NZ and star watermark
Period of sale: This stamp remained on sale until 31 December 1958.