Overview

Pacific Peace 2020 is being celebrated on Norfolk Island to mark 75 years since the end of World War II. After six long years, the war effectively came to an end on 15 August 1945, when Japan accepted the Allied demand for unconditional surrender.

VP (Victory in the Pacific) Day, commemorated every year on 15 August, has special significance on Norfolk Island, as the islanders made a substantial contribution to the war effort in the Pacific. More than a quarter of the population of 983 volunteered and joined Australian and New Zealand forces. The Norfolk Island Infantry Detachment (NIID) was created on 14 September 1939 and became a training facility for overseas service by islanders as well as home security, protecting the cable station linking New Zealand and Australia.

World War II also brought about the construction of an airfield on Norfolk Island, which was completed and operational on 25 December 1942. Prior to this, people and supplies could only arrive by ship. With its new airfield in place, the island became strategically important as an airbase and re-fuelling depot between Australia and New Zealand and New Zealand and the Solomon Islands. Norfolk Island was also a hub for radio and radar transmissions, assisting the allies with primary intelligence on ship locations and movements.

Technical specifications

Issue date
1-September-2020
Issue withdrawal date
30-March-2021
Denomination
$1.10 x 1, $2.20 x 1
Stamp design
Stacey Zass, Page 12 Design
Product design
Stacey Zass, Page 12 Design
Paper: gummed
Tullis Russell
Printer
RA Printing
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
Modules of 50
FDI Postmark
Norfolk Island, NSW 2899
FDI withdrawal date
30-September-2020

Stamps in this issue

$1.10 Aeroplane, 1942

This stamp shows the first plane to land on Norfolk Island’s new aerodrome, on Christmas Day, 1942 – a Lockheed Hudson bomber. The photograph is held by the National Archives of Australia.

$2.20 Troops on parade

This stamp shows NID troops on parade. The stamp photograph is courtesy of the Norfolk Island RSL Sub-Branch.

Shop our stamp collectables

Set of stamps:

Set of Norfolk Island: Peace in the Pacific gummed stamps

Set of Norfolk Island: Peace in the Pacific gummed stamps

Minisheet:

Norfolk Island: Peace in the Pacific minisheet

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

Gutter strip of 10 x $1.10:

Gutter strip of 10 x $1.10 Aeroplane, 1942 stamps

The gutter strip consists of 10 x $1.10 Aeroplane, 1942 stamps from Norfolk Island: Peace in the Pacific stamp issue.

Gutter strip of 10 x $2.20:

Gutter strip of 10 x $2.20 Troops on parade stamps

The gutter strip consists of 10 x $2.20 Troops on parade stamps from Norfolk Island: Peace in the Pacific stamp issue.

Additional products:

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