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The 1981 Commemorative Stamp Issue consisted of two stamps commemorating the Centenary of Feilding and the International Year of Disabled Persons.

Issue information

Centenary of Feilding - 20c
1981 marked the centenary of the Constitution of Feilding as a Borough.  The town was named after the Honourable Colonel William Henry Adelbert Feilding, 1836-1895, son of 7th Earl of Denbeigh.  Feilding is a community serving the rural area of the upper Manawatu and has a population of about 13,000.  A main feature of the borough is the stock sale yards which play an important part in the agricultural and pastoral activities of the district.

International Year for Disabled Persons - 25c
The United Nations designated 1981 as a special year to recognise the large numbers of disabled people in the community.  The theme of the International Year was "Full Participation and Equality".  The official emblem chosen represents two people holding hands in solidarity and support of each other in a position of equality.  It symbolises equality, hope and support.  The surrounding leaves are taken from the United Nations emblem.

Stamp bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 24 in October 1980.

Acknowledgments: 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:

Technical information

Date of Issue: 4 February 1981
Designer: R M Conly, Christchurch
Printers: Harrison and Sons, England
Stamp Size: 42mm x 24.9mm
Sheet Size: 100 stamps per sheet
Process: Lithography
Perforation Gauge: 42mm x 24.9mm
Paper Type: Harrison and Sons, unwatermarked
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