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The July 2019 Storm and the Post Office and Tourism Centre

Reports by Iris Green and Dawn Repetto. Photos by Lorraine Repetto

The Post Office and Tourism Centre is the hub for all visitors to Tristan and for many community events. Sadly, it was one of the buildings badly damaged by the storm that descended on Tristan on the night of the 18th and 19th July 2019. The places most affected in the building were the gift shop, serving area, Café and museum areas.

Iris Green writes: All philatelic material and postcards situated in the serving area were ruined. Even though the whole building was flooded, the majority of our bulk stock was kept dry in cabinets, apart from some FDC envelopes and maps. The remaining stock was salvaged and relocated to the Prince Phillip Hall, where the department is now situated.

As of the 1st August, we are now up and running in our new location, although we are currently awaiting a new telephone, and we have to go to the Internet Cafe to access emails, etc.. We are able to accept online orders, and sell souvenirs and philatelic items locally. Due to our bulk stock being salvaged we still have all items available for sale.

Café da Cunha is out of order at the moment, but we are confident we may be able to set this up in the community centre.

Chaos and water damage viewed from the entrance of the Post Office and Tourism Centre

A scene of chaos and water damage faces visitors at the entrance of the Post Office and Tourism Centre after the storm

Slightly less devestation within the Post Office and Tourism Centre's office space.

Everything topsy-turvy in the Museum and Café da Cunha.

Missing roof over the Post Office counter and Café da Cunha

Roof damage above the Post Office counter, Café da Cunha and the Museum

Museum and Archives

Dawn Repetto writes: We managed to save everything in the Museum except the paper documents. However, none of these were originals, and I think we can get them reprinted when the time comes. We managed to get out the three oil paintings, Crawford's photos and a few others. The large black and white photos were also OK, but a little torn.

I went in on Saturday 27th July and managed to retrieve all the items from the Archives. The floor was wet but everything else remained dry. Thank goodness there was not a lot of documents in the archives or else I would have had a real job on my hands. This has got me thinking though that it is very risky to keep an archives room here and we maybe better off sending all originals to the British Library. We could still continue digitising here, and could then keep digitised copies here as well as sending the originals and digitised copies on to the BL. In the case of people's personnel stuff, I could digitise items here and return them to the individuals if they would not like to part with them.

The thatched House suffered very little damage. It lost a piece or two of turf from the roof and so the water got in, but nothing too serious.

Slightly less devestation within the Post Office and Tourism Centre's office space.

This picture was taken in the Prince Philip Hall when we were relocating stock. This has now become our store room. We were trying to dry out some stamps and paper that had got wet. However, in the end the stamps were too damaged to use.
(N.b. This replaces our original caption, which was incorrect.)

Rainbow over the Post Office and Tourism Centre as another storm approaches, showing the partly missing roof

A rainbow over the Post Office and Tourism Centre with the roof partly ripped off as another storm threatens

Stamp issue: 75th anniversary of D-Day

Issue date: 19th June 2019

75th anniversary of D-Day, 45p, Royal Marine Commandos of headquarters, 4th Special Service Brigade 75th anniversary of D-Day, 85p, A survivor from a sunk American landing craft 75th anniversary of D-Day, £1.30, Commandos of 1st Special Service Brigade 75th anniversary of D-Day, £2.00, Troops of US VII Corps on Uncle Red beach
201905 Mint Stamps (45p, 85p, £1.30, £2.00) £4.60
201906 First Day Cover (with 45p, 85p, £1.30, £2.00 stamps) £5.60

This set of stamps commemorates the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Designs: 45p - Royal Marine Commandos; 85p - A survivor from a sunk American landing craft; £1.30 - Commandos of 1st Special Service Brigade; £2.00 - US VII Corps on Uncle Red beach; FDC - Sherman Firefly tank coming ashore.

Withdrawal of 2016 Stamp Issues

In line with the Tristan da Cunha Post Office's policy of destroying unsold stocks of stamps about 3 years after first issue, all 2016 issues will be withdrawn from stock for destruction this year.

We are due to withdraw, in June 2019, the following issues:

The Post Office will stop taking orders for these issues after the 5th June 2019.

The remaining 2016 issues will be withdrawn in November.

Withdrawn Tristan da Cunha stamps being destroyed.

Right: Unsold stamps being destroyed during an earlier withdrawal exercise.

Below: The stamp sets to be withdrawn in June 2019.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: 90 Years of Style, £3.00 sheetlet

Queen Elizabeth II: 90 Years of Style

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: 90 Years of Style, 35p stamp Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: 90 Years of Style, 40p stamp Bicentenary of the British Garrison 1816 - 2016, 25p stamp Bicentenary of the British Garrison 1816 - 2016, 35p stamp
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: 90 Years of Style, 90p stamp Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: 90 Years of Style, £1.10 stamp Bicentenary of the British Garrison 1816 - 2016, £1 stamp Bicentenary of the British Garrison 1816 - 2016, £2 stamp
400th Anniversary of the Death of William Shakespeare, £0.35 - A Midsummer Night's Dream 400th Anniversary of the Death of William Shakespeare, £0.50 - Macbeth 400th Anniversary of the Death of William Shakespeare, £1.00 - Hamlet 400th Anniversary of the Death of William Shakespeare, £1.20 - The Merry Wives of Windsor

Above: Bicentenary of the British Garrison 1816 - 2016

Left: 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's Death

Stamp issue: Tristan Lobster Fisheries

This set of stamps commemorates the rock lobster fisheries that underpin the Tristan economy.
28-Mar-2019
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Stamp issue: Whales

This set of stamps shows four of the whale species found in Tristan waters.
7-Feb-2019
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