Overview

This stamp issue showcases the traditional wooden sailboats of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, known as jukongs (also spelt dukongs). These sailboats were used for fishing, transportation and moving coconuts and copra, the latter a major export industry for the island group.

By the early decades of the 20th century, possibly earlier, jukongs were also used recreationally for racing on the lagoon, a tradition continued today during the annual Hari Raya Puasa festival, marking the end of Ramadan, and on Self-determination Day.

The original vessels built on Cocos were likely modified whaleboats, adapted to meet local requirements and conditions and reflecting the Malay and Scottish origins of the population. Jukongs were built at three lengths, at 15, 17 and 19 feet (14.5, 5.1 and 5.8 metres), with a corresponding breadth of 41, 51 and 55 inches (104, 129 and 139 centimetres) and with near vertical straight or curved sides. These broad-bottomed sailboats had a shallow draught, allowing them to lean in the shallows yet remain stable in choppier waters. Traditional jukongs carried one mast with a mainsail and a jib sail, and were steered with a rudder and line.

Technical specifications

Issue date
17 May 2022
Issue withdrawal date
30 November 2022
Denomination
1 x $1.10, 1 x $2.20
Stamp design
Tim Hancock, Backpack Creative
Product design
Tim Hancock, Backpack Creative
Paper: gummed
Tullis Russell Red Phos.
Printer
EGO
Printing process
Offset lithography
Stamp size (mm)
37.5 x 26
Minisheet size (mm)
135 x 80
Perforations
13.86 x 14.6
Sheet layout
Module of 50
FDI Postmark
Cocos (Keeling) Islands WA 6799
FDI withdrawal date
14 June 2022

Stamps in this issue

$1.10 Racing jukongs

The stamp shows jukongs during a social race on the lagoon of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, which sometimes occurred between Home Islanders and the telegraph staff based at the cable station on Direction Island. The stamp photographs are among those taken by engineer Eric E Story and his colleagues during their time on Cocos.

$2.20 Working jukongs

The stamp shows jukongs being loaded with copra (dried coconut kernels) for export. Copra was a key export until operations ceased in 1980; the first coconut oil was exported from the islands to England in 1829.

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Set of stamps:

Set of Cocos (Keeling) Islands: Historical Jukongs Gummed Stamps

This set of stamps contains the two stamps from the Cocos (Keeling) Islands: Historical Jukongs stamp issue.

Minisheet:

Cocos (Keeling) Islands: Historical Jukongs Minisheet

The Cocos (Keeling) Islands: Historical Jukongs minisheet consists of the two stamps from the issue incorporated into a miniature stamp sheet.

Gutter strip 10x $1.10:

Gutter Strip of 10x $1.10 Racing Jukongs Stamps

The gutter strip consists of 10 x $1.10 Racing Jukongs stamps from the Cocos (Keeling) Islands: Historical Jukongs stamp issue.

Gutter strip 10x $2.20:

Gutter Strip of 10x $2.20 Working Jukongs Stamps

The gutter strip consists of 10 x $2.20 Working Jukongs stamps from the Cocos (Keeling) Islands: Historical Jukongs stamp issue.

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