With the town of Invercargill being surveyed and laid out in 1856 it was agreed that Southland's Centennial was to be celebrated in January 1956, although smaller settlements at Riverton, Bluff and on Stewart Island existed before that year.
Three stamps were issued to commemorate the event, depicting whaling, and farming scenes plus the rare bird - the takahe. A competition was held to select the stamp designs, with the end result being that the 2d design was completed by E R Leeming, the 3d by L C Mitchell and the 8d by M R Smith.
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/
Bulletin scanned and provided by John Biddlecombe of the New Zealand Society of Great Britain. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link: http://www.nzsgb.org.uk/
This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 9 on 30 September 1955.
Product Listing for 1956 Southland Centennial
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|Date of issue:||16 January 1956|
|Designers:||E R Leeming, L C Mitchell and M R Smith|
|Printers:||Thomas De La Rue, England|
|Stamp size:||2d and 3d: 40mm x 24mm; 8d: 24mm x 28mm|
|Sheet size:||2d and 3d: 120 stamps per sheet; 8d: 160 stamps per sheet|
|Process:||Recess printed - Intaglio|
|Perforation gauge:||2d and 3d: 13 x 12.5; 8d: 13|
|Paper type:||Wiggins Teape 'Royal Cypher', multiple NZ and star watermark|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 31 August 1957.|