Postage stamps and postal history of Griqualand West

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An 1874 stamp of Cape of Good Hope, surcharged by the local postmaster for use in Griqualand West.
A one penny 1879 revenue stamp of Griqualand West.

This is a survey of the postage stamps and postal history of Griqualand West, a former British colony that is now part of South Africa.

First stamps[edit]

The first stamps used in Griqualand West were stamps of Cape of Good Hope from October 1871 which can be identified by their cancellations.[1]

In September 1877, Cape 4 pence stamps were used hand surcharged by the Kimberley postmaster "1d" in ink.[1]

The first stamps specifically for Griqualand West were issued in March 1877 and consisted of stamps of Cape of Good Hope overprinted G. W. or G.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue: Commonwealth and British Empire Stamps 1840-1970. 110th edition. London: Stanley Gibbons, 2008, p. 537. ISBN 0-85259-653-7
  2. ^ Griqualand West. Sandafayre Stamp Atlas. Retrieved 24 August 2011.

Further reading[edit]

  • Goldblatt, Robert. Postmarks of the Cape of Good Hope: the postal history and markings of the Cape of Good Hope and Griqualand West 1792-1910. Cape Town: Reijger Publishers (Pty) Ltd., 1984.
  • Holmes, H.R. The postage stamps of Griqualand West. London: Royal Philatelic Society London, 1963 13p.

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