This stamp issue commemorated the twenty first anniversary of the landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps on 25 April 1915.
On that day New Zealand troops saw action for the first time in World War One. The aim of the campaign was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul). Success would have probably eliminated both of Germany's Balkan allies (Turkey and Bulgaria) from the war, and relieved the Russians from the heavy German pressure they were facing.
The heroic but disastrous campaign left 2,721 New Zealanders dead and 4,752 wounded. The campaign became a symbol of New Zealand (and Australia's) war losses.
The 25th of April is observed in both countries as ANZAC Day - to remember those countries men and women whose lives were lost in war.
The stamp designs depict a New Zealand soldier in the uniform of 1915 against a background scene of Anzac Cove. 'ANZAC' is an acronym made up of the initials of the 'Australian and New Zealand Army Corps'.
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 1936 ANZAC
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|Date of issue:||27 April 1936|
|Designers:||L C Mitchell, Wellington|
|Printers:||Australian Bank Note and Stamp Printer, Australia|
|Stamp size:||25mm x 40mm|
|Sheet size:||48 stamps per sheet|
|Process:||Recess printed - Intaglio|
|Paper type:||Wiggins Teape unsurfaced, NZ and star watermark|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 20 June 1936.|