Saturday, April 11, 2009

Southern Cross (1866)

Date of Issue: March 18, 1968
Scott #: 108

This is a second ship by the name "Southern Cross" of Melanesian Mission vessels, used between 1863 and 1873 to visit mission stations in the Pacific, regularly carried mails to and from Norfolk Island usually via New Zealand.

The Melanesian Mission was founded in 1849 and at first its headquarters was at Kohimarama, near Auckland, but in 1866 shifted to Norfolk Island.

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