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1930 Health

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It was originally intended that the 1930 Health stamp issue be a different design from that issued in 1929, and the stamp design subsequently issued in 1931 was actually intended for the 1930 issue.

Issue information

Owing to pressure of work being experienced by the plate makers in England there was insufficient time to produce printing plates for the new stamp design.

The only alternative was to prepare a plate with a similar design to the 1929 issue in New Zealand. Accordingly the Government Printer was instructed to prepare a plate with a similar design but with a new slogan ‘Help Promote Health’. The original 1929 design had been completed by staff of the Government Printing Office who designed the frame for the stamp, the nurse image having been drawn by L C Mitchell.

The proceeds of the 'Charity' value of the 1930 Health stamps was donated to Children's Health Camps movement.


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:

Product Listing for 1930 Health

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 1d + 1d 'Nurse - Help promote health' gummed stamp.

Nurse in uniform and wearing the brooch and star, the insignia of the New Zealand Registered Nurse Association. The year of issue was depicted near the bottom of the design, flanking the double-barred patriarchal cross, which had been adopted as the emblem of the International Anti-Tuberculosis Societies. The slogan 'Help Promote Health' was included in the stamp design.


Technical information

Date of issue: 29 October 1930
Designers: L C Mitchell, Wellington and Government Printer, Wellington
Printers: Government Printing Office, New Zealand
Stamp size: 25mm x 28mm
Sheet size: 80 stamps per sheet
Process: Surface printed - Typography
Perforation gauge: 14
Paper type: Cowan chalk surfaced, NZ and star watermark
Period of sale: This stamp remained on sale until 28 February 1931.