Friday, April 10, 2009

The Morayshire (1856)

Date of Issue: August 19, 1967
Scott #: 107

Like The Lady Franklin, The Morayshire was also specially chartered by the British Government to transport the Pitcainers to Norfolk Island.

In 1838, Pitcairn became the first British colony in the Pacific and also the second country in the world, after Corsica under Pascal Paoli in 1755, to give women the right to vote. By the mid 1850s the Pitcairn community was outgrowing the island and they appealed to Queen Victoria for help. Queen Victoria offered them Norfolk Island and on 3 May 1856, the entire community of 193 people set sail for Norfolk Island on board the Morayshire.

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