Sunday, May 3, 2009

John Wickliffe and Philip Laing

Date of Issue: February 23, 1948
Scott #: 269

This stamp was issued to commemorate centenary of settlement in the Otago Province.

The two ships - John Wickliffe and Philip Laing are the first to carry settlers from England to Otago Province in New Zealand in 1848. The picture used in the stamp is taken from an 1898 painting by Captain D O Robertson. The Philip Laing sails into Port Chalmers on 15 April 1848, joining the John Wickliffe, which had arrived on 23 March.

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