Prominent Pitcairners - Part I, Parkin Christian

Parkin Christian stamp strip
Born Charles Richard Parkin Christian, this famed Pitcairner was born on Pitcairn Island in 1883, one of nine siblings of Francis Christian and Eunice Young. “Dem Tull” (a local Pitcairn news letter) described his early life as a witness to some of the major events of the Island’s history, including surviving the typhoid epidemic of 1893 which claimed the lives of 13 Pitcairners. It was around this time that Pitcairners began adopting the Seventh Day Adventist doctrines and Parkin remained a devout Adventist for the rest of his life.

Parkin Christian
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Dem Tull continues “ As he grew up he showed himself to be an intelligent, witty and insightful young man. He was considered a masterful and slow speaker, with a sense of humour appreciated by Pitcairners and outsiders alike” (edit). At age 17 he sailed as a crew member on French trading ships plying between Tahiti and neighbouring islands and in the early 1900s began working on sailing ships trading between Pitcairn and Mangareva, some 300 miles away.
Parkin Christian married Rosalind Butler (daughter of Peter Butler shipwrecked on Oeno Island in 1875 and Alice McCoy) and had two daughters and one son between 1910 and 1915.

It was in four main areas that Parkin Christian made his mark and Herb Ford from the Pitcairn Islands Study Centre aptly sums up Parkin’s important contribution to Pitcairn Island and the Pitcairn people:
In 1958 he was quoted in Time magazine as saying “Giving is living”. His work has recently been honoured by Dem Tull Hall of Fame on Pitcairn when Parkin was made their first inductee.

Parkin Christian, the first of this “Prominent Pitcairners” stamp series, died in 1971 in Auckland, New Zealand and was survived by his son Richard (who died in 1974) and numerous grand children including a recent addition, Ayden Warren born on August 17 2010 who is Parkin Christian’s great-great-great grandson.
Parkin Christian FDC

Prominent Pitcairners - Part I, Parkin Christian
Please Note: All prices are in New Zealand Dollars
Stamp strip $7.80
First Day Cover with stamp strip $9.30
Gutter strip $15.60
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Technical Details

Denise Durkin, Wellington, New Zealand
Pitcairn Stamps
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Printer: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand
Process: Offset Litho
Stamp size: 36.9 mm x 37.5 mm vertical
Sheet Format: 4 stamps with central tab in two panes of 3 strips each
Perforation Gauge: 14.40 x 14.61
Denominations: $1.50, $1.80, $2.10 and $2.40
Paper: 103gsm Tullis Russell yellow-green phosphor paper
Period of Sale:
26 October 2011 for a period of 2 years

Acknowledgement:   The Philatelic Bureau wishes to thank Herb Ford, PISG, USA, for his assistance in obtaining photographic reference for this issue.