Tristan da Cunha Post Office News
News from the Post office, including new stamp issues, withdrawals and news sheets.

Stamp issue: Biodiversity Part II

Issue date: 7th December 2016

Biodiversity Part II, 25p stamp Biodiversity Part II, 35p stamp Biodiversity Part II, 45p stamp Biodiversity Part II, 60p stamp Biodiversity Part II, 70p stamp
201613 Mint Stamps (25p, 35p, 45p, 60p, 70p, £2.00) £4.35 Biodiversity Part II, £2 stamp
201614 First Day Cover with 25p, 35p, 45p, 60p, 70p, £2.00 stamps £5.10
Stamps illustrating Tristan's biodiversity - Part II with Devil's Fingers, Orange Starfish, Gough Brass Buttons, Gough Flightless Moth, Inaccessible Rail, and Spectacled Petrel.

Larger images of stamps and technical specifications, and full description >>

Stamp issue: Biodiversity Part I

Issue date: 30th November 2016

Biodiversity Part I, 25p stamp Biodiversity Part I, 35p stamp Biodiversity Part I, 45p stamp Biodiversity Part I, 60p stamp Biodiversity Part I, 70p stamp
Biodiversity Part I, £2 stamp 201611 Mint Stamps (25p, 35p, 45p, 60p, 70p, £2.00) £4.35
201612 First Day Cover with 25p, 35p, 45p, 60p, 70p, £2.00 stamps £5.10
Stamps illustrating Tristan's biodiversity - Part I with Bog Fern, Tristan Rock Lobster (Crayfish), Klipfish (Black Devil), Antarctic Tern (Kingbird), Tristan Thrush (Starchy), and Subantarctic Fur Seal.

Larger images of stamps and technical specifications, and full description >>

New Page: Tristan da Cunha Post Office Payment Form

Printable form for submission with payments for Tristan da Cunha Post Office orders.
29-Nov-2016
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Page Updated: Order and Payment Details for Tristan da Cunha Stamps

Details of how to open accounts with the Tristan da Cunha Post Office and set up standing orders, plus methods for making payments.
28-Nov-2016
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Withdrawal of 2013 Stamp Issues and Conservation Definitives

All remaining 2013 stamp issues will be withdrawn for destruction on 22nd November 2016.
15-Nov-2016
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Stamp issue: Peter Green and the Wreck of the Emily

This set of stamps commemorates Peter Green, who founded one of Tristan's biggest families. He decided to stay, when his ship, the American sealer Emily, ran aground on the south coast in 1836.
10-Nov-2016
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Stamp issue: Bicentenary of the British Garrison 1816 - 2016

These stamps commemorate the bicentenary of Britain taking possession of Tristan, with the landing of a garrison from HMS Falmouth on the 14th August 1816. Corporal William Glass and his family stayed on to become the founders of the colony.
2-Jul-2016
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Stamp issue: 400th Death Anniversary of William Shakespeare

This set of stamps commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist, with illustrations of characters from four of his plays.
30-Jun-2016
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New Page: Tristan da Cunha Post Office

The Post Office offers a full philatelic service for collectors, with regular issues of interesting and attractive stamps.
16-May-2016
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Withdrawal of 2012 Stamp Issues

All 2012 issues were withdrawn from stock on the 1st November 2015. The following issues were affected:

  • 1961 Volcano Series - Part 2 (50th Anniversary of the Royal Society Expedition)
  • Queen Elizabeth II - Lifetime of Service - Part 2 - Diamond Jubilee
  • Centenary of the Sinking of the Titanic
  • Maiden Voyage of SA Agulhas II
  • Royal Navy Ships' Crests II
  • Shackleton-Rowett Expedition 1921-1922
Tristan da Cunha Stamp News

Latest Tristan da Cunha Stamp News Sheet
May 2015

The Post Office's "Stamp News" sheet appears once or twice a year, and is sent to clients with orders or by email. If you would like to be added to the distribution list, please send your email address or postal address to:
postoffice@tdc-gov.com, or phone: (44) 0203 014 2028.

Download the PDF version

Earlier Issues

May 2014 - Oct 2013 - Apr 2013 - Oct 2012 - Jan 2012

Withdrawal of 2011 Stamp Issues

All 2011 issues were withdrawn from stock on the 21st September 2014.

The Tristan Post Office & Philatelic Bureau Facebook Page

The Tristan Post Office is now on Facebook. Find us and Like our page.

Tristan da Cunha - Presentation at the Vatican City
26th March 2014

Pope Francis admires a framed sheet of Tristan da Cunha stamps that was presented to him during a public audience in the Vatican City
See also the full story of the Christmas stamp issue.
On Wednesday 26th March 2014, Taya Pobjoy Managing Director of Pobjoy Mint Ltd, John Smith, CEO, and other members of the family, together with 50,000 pilgrims attended a public audience with His Holiness Pope Francis I at the Vatican City.
With so many in attendance, it was exceptionally difficult to speak directly with His Holiness, but Taya managed to present a coin commemorating his election as Pontiff issued on behalf of the Central Bank of the Seychelles directly to His Holiness.
John Smith was not quite so lucky but as can be seen from the attached photograph, he was able to present to one of His Holiness' Aides, a framed sheet of Tristan da Cunha Christmas stamps which depict St. Joseph's Catholic Church, St. Peter's Basilica and a central label with an image of His Holiness.
John Smith said, that 'whilst disappointed that he was unable to personally hand the frame to His Holiness, it can be seen that his ADC passed the framed stamps to Pope Francis as he continued his procession amongst those of us near to the Papal Throne, and it is a great honour for one of the smallest and most remote communities in the world which has had a dedicated, if tiny Catholic population, to be able to present such an interesting sheet to the Pontiff.'
This sheet was issued alongside a similar sheet depicting St. Mary's Anglican Church, Canterbury Cathedral and the Archbishop of Canterbury. These are still available from the Tristan da Cunha Post Office website.

1961 Volcano Series - Part 4
(Ships of the Volcano Period)

Stamps issued
9th December 2013

Further details

Christmas 2013
(Tristan churches)

Stamps issued
18th November 2013

Further details

 

1961 Volcano Series - Part 3
(50th Anniversary of the Resettlement, 1963-2013)

Stamps issued
11th November 2013

Further details

Withdrawal of 2010 Stamp Issues

All 2010 issues (except the Conservation Definitives) were withdrawn from stock at the end of October 2013.
The affected issues were:

  • History of the British Isles: Part 1
  • 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain
  • London 2010 Stamp Exhibition
  • History of the British Isles: Part 2
  • Island Family Surnames
  • Tristan Traditions II

Iris Green returns from training in the Isle of Man
The Head of Post Office Department, Iris Green, has returned with her husband Martin from the Isle of Man
where they underwent training. They arrived on 18th February for four month placements with the Isle of Man
Government, and arrived back on the MV Edinburgh on the 21st July. During her time in the Isle of Man, Iris
gained an insight into the operations of the Isle of Man Post Office, the Department of Economic Development's
Tourism Division and Manx National Heritage. They wrote an illustrated report on their visit for the August 2013
Newsletter. To get your copy join the Tristan Association.

Journal of the Isle of Man visit >>

Tristan Albatross, 35p stamp Tristan Albatross, 45p stamp Tristan Albatross, 45p stamp
Tristan Albatross, 45p stamp Tristan Albatross, 45p stamp

60th Anniversary of the Coronation
Stamps issued
15th April 2013

Further details >>

Stamp Invalidation
As of June 2013, the stamps issued between 1988 and 2000 and earlier are no longer valid for postage.

Full list of affected issues >>

Tristan Song Project

Stamps issued on

14th February 2013

Tristan Song Project, 35p Recorder stamp Tristan Song Project, 45p Violin stamp Tristan Song Project, 70p Guitar stamp Tristan Song Project, £1.00 Accordion stamp
Further details >> .
Tristan Albatross, 35p stamp Tristan Albatross, 45p stamp
Tristan Albatross, 70p stamp Tristan Albatross, £1.10p stamp

Tristan Albatross
Stamps issued on
28th January 2013

Further details >>

New Payment Methods
PayPal customers can now pay for orders from their PayPal accounts.
Customers who are not registered with PayPal can also make payments via PayPal using credit cards.

Full Details >>

New Postage Rates 2013
New postage rates came into effect on the 1st January 2013. This means that charges for postage on orders have also increased.

Full Details >>

Shackleton-Rowett Expedition 1921-1922

Stamps issued on

28th November 2012

Frank Wild and Inaccessible Island: 70p Hubert Wilkins and Gough Island: 70p James Marr and Tristan da Cunha: 70p Frank Worsley and Nightingale Island: 70p
See 2012 Stamp Page for further details
 .
HMS Portland ship's crest: 35p HMS Edinburgh ship's crest: 35p HMS Clyde ship's crest: 70p HMS Montrose ship's crest: 70p

Royal Navy Ships' Crests II

Stamps issued on

15th October 2012

See 2012 Stamp Page for further details
 .
New postcards for 2012

Six postcards new for 2012 - See Post Office Sundries Page for further details

New Agents appointed to Handle Production and Marketing of Postage Stamps

The Tristan da Cunha Post Office and Philatelic Bureau is delighted to announce that, with effect from 1 November, 2012,
Tristan stamp production will be handled by Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd
while all stamp marketing will be handled by Pobjoy Mint Ltd.


All parties involved in this new arrangement intend to ensure that Tristan stamps are produced to the highest quality
and that they will appeal to both our existing, loyal collector base whilst reaching a wide international market.
Tristan now joins Ascension Island, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands in the South Atlantic
by entrusting its philatelic production and sales to these new partners.


All parties will strive to produce relevant and innovative issues whilst projecting a very positive view of the Territory.
Future plans will be announced shortly and published on www.tristandc.com

Maiden Voyage of SA Agulhas II

Stamps issued on

17th September 2012

Maiden Voyage of SA Agulhas II: 35p - Agulhas I Maiden Voyage of SA Agulhas II: 35p - Agulhas II Maiden Voyage of SA Agulhas II: 70p - Agulhas I Maiden Voyage of SA Agulhas II: £1.10 - Agulhas II
See 2012 Stamp Page for further details

Above: Queen Elizabeth II
Lifetime of Service - Part 2 - Diamond Jubilee

6th February 2012

Right: Centenary of the Sinking of the Titanic
To be issued 27th February 2012

See 2012 Stamps Page
for full details

1961 Volcano Series - Part 2
(50th Anniversary of the Royal Society Expedition)

See 2012 Stamps Page
for details

1961 Volcano Series - Part 1
(50th Anniversary of the eruption & evacuation)

10th October 2011

See 2011 Stamps Page
for details

Royal Wedding - Standing at the doors of Westminster Abbey Royal Wedding - In the coach waving Royal Wedding - Kissing on the balcony Royal Wedding - Driving away

Royal Wedding - 2nd Issue

1st September 2011

See 2011 Stamps Page
for details

Postcard with painting of a Tristan Bunting Postcard with painting of a Tristan Moorhen
Postcard with painting of an Antarctic Tern Postcard with painting of a Sooty Albatross

Postcards of paintings of island birds

Special Offer: Set of 4 for £1.00

Based on the Birds Definitive Issue, 2005

See Post Office Sundries Page
for details

History of the British Isles III Issued

24th May 2011

See 2011 Stamps Page
for details

 


The Tristan da Cunha Post Office
issued a special Souvenir Sheet
to celebrate the wedding
of Prince William to Kate Middleton
on 29th April 2011

See 2011 Stamps Page
for details

 

MV Plancius Stamps Issued
12th April 2011

See 2011 Stamps Page
for details

Queen Elizabeth II
Lifetime of Service Stamps Issued
12th April 2011

See 2011 Stamps Page
for details

Tristan Traditions II Stamps

Issued on 24th November 2010

See the 2010 Stamp Catalogue Page for details

New Definitives featuring Conservation

Issued on 1st November 2010

See the 2010 Stamp Catalogue Page for details

Island Families Surnames Stamps

were issued on 6th September 2010

See the 2010 Stamp Catalogue Page for details

New era for
Tristan Post Office

as Corinthian II Passengers use new Post Office and Tourism Centre on 12th March 2010

Right Top: Centre Staff Left to Right:
Lillie Swain (PO), Donna Green (Assistant Tourism Coordinator),
Iris Green(Head PO),
Natasha Glass (PO) and
Tourism Coordinator Dawn Repetto


Top Left and below :
Corinthian II passengers viewing displays and making purchases
at the new Post Office counter


Photos above from David Morley
and below from Sue Scott
The new Post Office and Tourism Centre
was completed by 8th December 2009 as staff began to move stock and equipment ready for opening in 2010
Pictures from Iris Green show:
Above;
Apple Team Contractors;
Lillie, Iris, Dawn and Natasha
outside the new centre.
Below:
Two views inside the impressive new facility.

New Post Office
Building Progress

Images from David Morley.
Left, taken on 1st November
and from Iris Green
Right & below in the last two days of October show the remarkable progress achieved by the Apple Group.

Work starts on new Post Office Building

Photograph taken by David Morley on 15th October 2009 shows work being carried out by the Apple Team led by Merwe da Jagert. The new Post Office development will also include a Museum, Gift Shop and Cafe.

Introducing Iris Green : Head of the Tristan da Cunha Post Office
Education:
After leaving St. Mary’s School on Tristan, attended Denstone College UK 1989–1990 studying economics and geography A Level
Tristan Employment :
1991-1993 Post & Telecommunications Department, with responsibility for dealing with Philatelic Account Holders and across the counter stamp sales 
1993-2007 Finance Department included responsibility for checking local stamp sales and sales made by Crown Agents, St. Helena and Ascension on our behalf. Visit to St. Helena to assist with the Audit of Tristan da Cunha accounts
Also, having completed modules 1-6 of the European Computer Driving Licence course, teaching part-time as Test Centre Manager, to adults & children at St. Mary’s School in recent years.
Here to serve you :
Iris is now back in the Post Office, being appointed as Head of Department in 2007, where she hopes to provide a good & efficient service to all our clients and future customers.Iris' Post Office team have been busy making sure existing customers have an efficient service and are now ready to take orders from all over the world.