Postage stamps and postal history of Zululand
First post office
A Natal postal agency was established in Eshowe in 1876 (closed between 1879 and 1885), but an official postal system was not started until 1 May 1888, at which time both Zululand and neighboring Natal became members of the Universal Postal Union. At first, the territory used postage stamps of Great Britain and Natal overprinted "ZULULAND".
Key type stamps
A series of ten definitive issues in the key plate style with a profile of Queen Victoria, inscribed "ZULULAND" appeared in 1894 and were in use at 21 post offices. These stamps ranged in denomination from 1/2 penny to five pounds.
Zululand was annexed by Natal on 31 December 1897, and separate stamps were discontinued on 30 June 1898.
- Davis, Tony and Hugh Joseph. The Postmarks of Zululand. Johannesburg: T. Davis, 1984 58p.
- Dickson, John. Bibliography of the Philately and Postal History of Natal and Zululand. Ilminster: Natal and Zululand Study Circle, 1999 24p.
- Poole, Bertram W.H. The Postage Stamps of Zululand. London: David Field, 1909 28p.
- Proud, Ted. The Postal History of Swaziland & Zululand. Heathfield, Sussex: Postal History Publications, 1996 ISBN 1-872465-13-7 182p.
- Redgrave, W.J. Zululand. s.l.: Jungle Press, 1985 157p.
References and sources
- Encyclopaedia of Postal Authorities
- Rossiter, Stuart & John Flower. The Stamp Atlas. London: Macdonald, 1986. ISBN 0-356-10862-7
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