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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

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

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


  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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