Cocos (Keeling) Islands: Centenary of the Sydney/Emden Engagement

Release date: 14 October 2014

Australia’s first victory at sea during World War I was also the first engagement fought by a warship of the fledgling Royal Australian Navy. The Battle of Cocos took place on 9 November 1914 when the Australian light cruiser HMAS Sydney responded to an attack by the German light cruiser SMS Emden on a communications station at Direction Island in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. While Emden was the first to fire, Sydney’s more powerful guns resulted in Emden’s eventual surrender after she was deliberately beached on the North Keeling Island reef. There were fatalities on both sides, including 134 crew from Emden and four from Sydney.

The Stamps

70c HMAS Sydney Royal Australian Navy
This stamp features a contemporary photograph of HMAS Sydney of the Royal Australian Navy

$3.50 SNS Emden Imperial German Navy
This stamp features a contemporary photograph of SMS Emden of the Imperial German Navy.

Technical Details

  • Issue date

    14 October 2014
  • FDI withdrawal

    12 November 2014
  • Denomination

    1 x 70c, 1 x $3.50
  • Stamp design

    Stacey Zass, page12
  • Product design

    John White, Australia Post Design Studio
  • Paper (gummed)

    Tullis Russell
  • Printer (gummed)

    RA Print
  • Printing process

  • Stamp size

    35mm x 35mm
  • Perforations

    14.286 x 14.286
  • Sheet layout

    Module of 50
  • National postmark

    Cocos (Keeling) Island, WA 6799
  • Issue withdrawal date

    30 April 2014


Stacey Zass, page12

Additional Products

  • Blank cover
  • First day cover (gummed)
  • PNC
  • Sydney/Emden prestige cover
  • Gutter (10 x 70c)
  • Gutter (10 x $3.50)

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