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Christmas 1981

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Issue information

The Christmas 1981 stamp issue included an Old Master, the St Johns Church, and a Floral Scene. 

Stamp Bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 26 in October 1981.

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:

Product listing for Christmas 1981

Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 14c 'Old Master' gummed stamp.

This stamp featured the old master, Madonna suckling the Child, by Marco d'Oggiono, the original of which is in the Mackelvie Collection in the Auckland City Art Gallery.

Single Stamp

Single 30c 'St John's Church, Wakefield' gummed stamp.

This Anglican church, built in 1846 on a hillside in the tiny Wakefield settlement, is one of the oldest churches in New Zealand in continuous use. Reverend C L Reay, resident Minister of Nelson, rode out from Nelson on Sunday, 11 October 1846 to hold service in it for the first time. Over the years the church has been enlarged and renovated.

Single Stamp

Single 40c 'A Floral Scene' gummed stamp.

This stamp depicts the native plant 'Golden Tainui' which flowers near Christmas time.


Technical information

Date of issue:   7 October 1981
Designer: M Chapman, Christchurch
Printers: Courvoisier, Switzerland
Stamp size: 26mm x 41mm
Sheet size:    100 stamps per sheet
Process: Photogravure
Perforation gauge: 12.75 x 13
Paper type: Granite unwatermarked
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