In 1890 the New Zealand Government authorised a special set of stamps to be produced for use by the New Zealand Government Life Insurance Department.
Government Life stamps were initially restricted to mail posted by the insurance office for delivery in New Zealand, however in 1969 this condition was relaxed to allow such mail to be posted to overseas addresses.
Due to a need for further Government Life stamps to be produced, and a need for new printing plates, the opportunity was taken in 1905 to remove 'V R', which was no longer appropriate, from the original stamp design. At the same time the rays of the lantern were widened, a window added to the tower - which was reduced in height. Extra ornamentation was also added to the bottom of the design. Printings of this version of the stamps continued through until the 1940s.
The stamps were designed by W B Hudson (of the Life Insurance Department) and J F Rogers (of the Government Printing Office).
Government Life stamps were withdrawn from use in 1989.
New Zealand Post would like to acknowledge the following for their assistance and guidance in bringing together this stamp issue:
Historical information included on this page sourced from The Postage Stamps of New Zealand published by the Royal Philatelic Society of NZ. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link: https://www.rpsnz.org.nz/
Product Listing for 1905 Government Life Insurance
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|Date of issue:||1 December 1905|
|Designers:||W B Hudson and J F Rogers|
|Printers:||Government Printing Office, New Zealand|
|Stamp size:||20mm x 24mm|
|Sheet size:||120 stamps per sheet|
|Process:||Surface printed - Typography|
|Perforation gauge:||Various combinations|
|Paper type:||Various papers used, single or multiple NZ and star watermark|