Overview

Cows have right of way on Norfolk Island roads, rather than cars. While cattle grids exist to prevent cattle from accessing the main street and shopping centre, it is not uncommon to find them roaming free along Norfolk Island’s inland roads.

When Norfolk Island was a British penal colony (first in 1788 and then in 1825), the English authorities brought English cattle breeds to the island. When the penal settlements closed, the existing government-owned cattle were left behind for the new settlers, who arrived from Pitcairn Island in 1856. Various efforts were made to prevent the cattle from becoming inbred, including the importation of a blue-coloured Angus-Aberdeen bull. Over time, the resulting cattle began to throw a grey-blue colour. The Norfolk Blue, the island’s own unique breed, is mid-sized, with a pleasant temperament, and has a blue or blue and white coat, the white helping to keep the animals cool in hot weather.

Technical specifications

Issue date
02-June-2020
Issue withdrawal date
30-June-2021
Denomination
$1.10 x 1, $2.20 x 1
Stamp design
Jo Muré, Australia Post Design Studio
Product design
Jo Muré, Australia Post Design Studio
Paper: gummed
Tullis Russell
Printer
RA
Printing process
Offset lithography
Stamp size (mm)
26 x 37.5
Minisheet size (mm)
135 x 80
Perforations
14.6 x 13.86
Sheet layout
Modules of 50
FDI Postmark
Norfolk Island NSW 2899
FDI withdrawal date
02-September-2020

Stamps in this issue

$1.10 - Norfolk Blue bull

This stamp design features a Norfolk Blue bull, against a backdrop of Norfolk Island Pines. The photograph is by Jodie Williams, courtesy of Robyn Menghetti.

$2.20 - Norfolk Blue cow and calf

This stamp design features a Norfolk Island cow and calf, grazing. The photograph is by Steve Daggar.

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Set of stamps:

Set of Norfolk Island: Norfolk Blue gummed stamps

This set of stamps contains the two stamps from the Norfolk Island: Norfolk Blue stamp issue.

Minisheet:

Norfolk Island: Norfolk Blue minisheet

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

Gutter strip 10 x $1.10:

Gutter strip of 10 x $1.10 Norfolk Blue bull stamps

The gutter strip consists of 10 x $1.10 Norfolk Blue bull stamps from Norfolk Island: Norfolk Blue stamp issue.

Gutter strip 10 x $2.20:

Gutter strip of 10 x $2.20 Norfolk Blue cow and calf stamps

The gutter strip consists of 10 x $2.20 Norfolk Blue cow and calf stamps from Norfolk Island: Norfolk Blue stamp issue.

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