Overview

The mutiny on the Royal Navy vessel HMS Bounty is the most famous founding narrative of Norfolk Island. It occurred in the South Pacific Ocean on the night of 28 April 1789, when unhappy crew members, led by Fletcher Christian, seized control of the ship from their captain, William Bligh, setting him and his 18 supporters adrift in a longboat.

While 14 mutineers were captured by the crew of the HMS Pandora in Tahiti, Fletcher Christian and the other mutineers fled on board the Bounty, destination unknown. The Pandora searched the Tokelau Islands, the Tongan Islands and Fiji for four to five months, but still could not locate Fletcher Christian and his men.

HMS Pandora sank on 29 August 1791 on the outer Great Barrier Reef while returning home from her mission to locate the mutinous Bounty crew. Four mutineers and 31 crew members died. The surviving ten prisoners were tried and found guilty of mutiny. No further attempt was made to capture the remaining mutineers who, along with Fletcher Christian, made it to the uninhabited Pitcairn Island. By the time this was discovered, only one original mutineer was still alive.

The descendants of the mutineers, and the other inhabitants of Pitcairn Island, were relocated to Norfolk Island on 8 June 1856, after outgrowing their island home. This date is celebrated every year on Norfolk Island as Bounty Day.

Technical specifications

Issue date
24-September-2019
Issue withdrawal date
31-March-2020
Denomination
1 x $1, 1 x $2
Stamp design
Jo Mure, Australia Post Design Studio
Product design
Jo Mure, Australia Post Design Studio
Paper: gummed
Tullis Russell
Printer
RA Printing
Printing process
Offset lithography
Stamp size $1 (mm)
37.5 x 26
Stamp size $2 (mm)
37.5 x 52
Minisheet size (mm)
135 x 80
Perforations
13.86 x 14.6
Sheet layout
Module of 50 ($1)/Module of 25 ($2)
FDI Postmark
Norfolk Island NSW 2899
FDI withdrawal date
23-October-2019

Stamps in this issue

$1 - Bligh cast adrift

Overthrown Bounty captain William Bligh managed the incredible feat of sailing 6,701 kilometres to Timor in a seven-metre open boat. He then proceeded to England, with the help of Dutch East India Company vessel Vlijt, to report the mutiny. In response, the frigate HMS Pandora was sent to capture those involved. While Captain Bligh was court-martialled for the loss of the Bounty, he was pardoned and went on to become the governor of New South Wales in 1806.

$2 - Mutineers

Artist Robert Dodd’s 1790 painting of the mutiny shows Fletcher Christian standing atop the stern of the Bounty between two breadfruit trees while William Bligh stands in his shirtsleeves in the longboat. Artist Robert Dodd’s work is the only known contemporary portrait of Fletcher Christian.

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Set of stamps:

Set of Norfolk Island: Mutiny on the Bounty stamps

This set of stamps contains the two stamps from the Norfolk Island: Mutiny on the Bounty stamp issue.

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Minisheet:

Norfolk Island: Mutiny on the Bounty minisheet

The Norfolk Island: Mutiny on the Bounty minisheet consists of the two stamps from the issue incorporated into a miniature stamp sheet.

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Gutter strip 10 x $1:

Gutter strip 10 x $1 Norfolk Island: Mutiny on the Bounty stamps

The gutter strip consists of 10 x $1 Bligh cast adrift stamps from the Norfolk Island: Mutiny on the Bounty stamp issue.

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Gutter strip 10 x $2:

Gutter strip 10 x $2 Norfolk Island: Mutiny on the Bounty stamps

The gutter strip consists of 10 x $2 Mutineers stamps from the Norfolk Island: Mutiny on the Bounty stamp issue.

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