The Pitcairn Islands
form the south-easternmost extension of the geological archipelago of
the Tuamotus of French Polynesia and consist of four islands: Pitcairn
Island, Oeno Island, Henderson Island and Ducie Island. Both Oeno and
Ducie are atolls. This issue concentrates on Pitcairn only and focuses
on the striking landscape formations. The Island was formed by a centre
of upwelling magma called the Pitcairn hotspot and has a land area of
47 square kilometres and a coastline of 51 km. Its rugged volcanic
formation consists of a rocky coastline with cliffs (27%), rolling land
with a number of valleys (31%), steep sloping land (34%) and a
relatively small area of flat land (8%).
Pitcairn’s sheer and
inhospitable cliffs do not allow easy access to the sea. They stretch
from Hulianda Ridge, just above the landing at Bounty Bay, round the
south-east corner to St Paul’s Point, through Down Rope with its little
beach, past Gudgeon to Christian’s Point at the western extremity. Much
of the land on the western side is very steep too. The highest point is
Big Ridge is 347M above sea level.
In the north from cliffs over 60M in height, the land rises a little
less precipitously to about 270M and the slopes of Flatland (which
nestles in the centre), run comparatively gently downwards to the
north-east and the settlement of Adamstown.
The images chosen represent a cross-section of Pitcairn landscapes.
Their rugged beauty showcase the stunning vistas this island has to
Containing the 6 Landscapes stamps, this booklet designed especially
for $2.00 postcards is available for $NZ12.00
Pitcairn Landscapes - purchase
Please Note: All
prices are in New Zealand Dollars
Acknowledgement: The Pitcairn Islands
Philatelic Bureau wishes to thank Tony Probst (USA) and Andrew Randall
Christian (Pitcairn) for their valuable help in providing images for
this stamp issue.
|Denise Durkin, Wellington, New Zealand
|| Pitcairn Stamps
to you by:
||Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand
||45.18 mm x 30.00 mm
||Six single stamps in a block adjoined.. Two panes of 4 blocks with a
central gutter and vertical selvedge down the centre of the sheet.
||14.00 x 14.00
||Six x $2.00
||103gsm Tullis Russell Yellow/Green phosphor stamp paper
|Period of Sale:
|13 January 2016 for a period of 2 years