In recognition of Christmas Island’s name (selected by Captain William Mynors, as he sailed past the island on Christmas Day, 1643), Christmas Island Christmas stamps have been issued every year, since 1984. They are a light-hearted take on Christmas in the southern hemisphere.

Illustrated by Shane McGowan, this year’s stamps and minisheet show Santa taking time out from delivering presents to practise his golf swing on the spectacular Christmas Island nine-hole golf course.

In the minisheet design, we see that the island’s famous red crabs are enjoying stealing some of Santa’s errant golf balls, which Santa’s elves are doing their best to rescue and fashion into a Christmas tree, to add some festive flair to the golf course. The island’s many seabirds are also enjoying the view.


Shane McGowan

Products released in this issue

  • Minisheet
  • First day cover (gummed, minisheet)
  • Sheetlet of 5 x $2 (s/a)
  • Embellished sheetlet of 10 x 65c (s/a)
  • Embellished stamp pack

Technical specifications

Issue date
1 November 2017
Issue withdrawal date
31 May 2018
1 x 65c, 1 x $2
Stamp design
Shane McGowan
Product design
Sharon Rodziewicz
RA Printing
Paper - gummed
Tullis Russell Red Phos
Paper - self-adhesive
Securepost MC 90
Printing process
Offset lithography
Stamp size
26mm x 37.5mm
Minisheet size
135mm x 80mm
14.60 x 13.86
Sheet layout
Module of 50
FDI postmark
Christmas Island WA 6798
FDI withdrawal date
29 November 2017

Stamps in this issue

65c Rudolf

The domestic Christmas card rate stamp features Rudolf, as Santa’s trusty golf caddy.

$2 Santa

The international Christmas card rate stamp features Santa teeing off.

This content was produced at the time of the stamp issue release date and will not be updated.