28.09.2016 - Norfolk Island is now a region of New South Wales (Australia)
(ap/lsn) On 1 July 2016 Norfolk Island has become a regional council of the Australian state of New South Wales. As a result Australian stamps will be used on the island. However, this does not mean that there will be no more stamps that bear the inscription ‘Norfolk Island’. From time to time Australia Post will issue special stamps that reflect distinct aspects of the island. These stamps will show not only the inscription ‘Australia’, but also the text ‘Norfolk Island’.
The first of these ‘special stamps’ have been issued on 23 September of this year. The stamps feature seabirds. The inscriptions on the stamps match the colours of the bills of the birds. The $1 stamp pictures the red-tailed tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda roseotincta), whilst the $2 stamp features the masked booby (Suladactylatra fullagari).
The ‘special stamps’ of Norfolk Island are not anything novel: Australia Post issues similar stamps for the Australian Antarctic Territories, Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.