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%).
Pitcairnís 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 Paulís Point, through Down
Rope with its little beach, past Gudgeon to Christianís 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 offer.
Containing the 6 Landscapes stamps, this booklet designed especially for
$2.00 postcards is available for $NZ12.00
Please Note: All prices are in New Zealand Dollars
|Set of 6 stamps
|First Day Cover with stamp set
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
|Denise Durkin, Wellington, New
| Pitcairn Stamps
||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
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