Postage stamps and postal history of Tasmania

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1853 The first stamp of Van Diemen's Land.
1855 2 pence green.
1899 pictorial 4 pence stamp.

This is a survey of the postage stamps and postal history of Tasmania (originally known as Van Diemen's Land), a former British colony that is now part of Australia.

First stamps[edit]

The first stamps of Van Diemen's Land were issued on 1 November 1853.[1]

The first stamps inscribed Tasmania were issued in January 1858.[2]

Until 1896, all postage stamps portrayed Queen Victoria. In 1899, a pictorial set was issued and was reprinted several times until 1912. Tasmania's last issue was in 1913.

This model is based on a painting of Russell Falls by Haughton Forrest.

Postal fiscals[edit]

Between 1882 and 1900, revenue stamps of 1863 to 1900 were valid for postage. These postal fiscals remained in use unofficially until 1903.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue: Commonwealth and British Empire Stamps 1840-1970. 110th edition. London: Stanley Gibbons, 2008, p. 27. ISBN 0-85259-653-7
  2. ^ Tasmania. Sandafayre Stamp Atlas. Retrieved 24 August 2011.

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