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Heritage - The Achievers

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This issue titled "The Achievers" was another in the 'Heritage ' series of stamps leading up to the 1990 150th anniversary celebrations in New Zealand.

Issue information

The Achievers is a very special stamp issue which salutes some of the people from our past whose achievements have gone largely unheralded by the rest of the world - yet to many New Zealanders they are legendary for their dedication and courage.

The six people chosen for this issue, three men and three women, were certainly achievers.  Grace Neill, Jean Batten, Katherine Sheppard, Richard Pearse, Bernard Freyberg and Peter Buck all left their mark on New Zealand in a variety of fields.  Neill and Sheppard are probably less well known today than the other four - both laboured for the advancement of women.  The others - Batten, the long distance flyer; Pearse, the pioneer designer and builder of aeroplanes who may have flown before the Wright Brothers; Freyberg, solider and Governor-General; and Buck, renowned anthropologist - remain household names.

1990 was a year of celebration for New Zealand.  And what better momento was there than this historic issue which salutes six New Zealanders who each had the vision, the courage and the dedication to leave their mark on New Zealand.

Product listing for Hertige - The Achievers

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 40c 'Grace Neill - Journalist, Social Reformer and Nurse (1846-1926)' gummed stamp.

Grace Neill certainly left her mark on New Zealand health and hospitals. She initiated the registration of nurses - now commonplace around the world - and was highly influential in raising standards of care through training, examination and instigating legislation. Grace Neill also set up our first state maternity hospital in Wellington in 1905. It later became the model for St Helen's hospitals throughout the country.

Single Stamp

Single 50c 'Jean Batten - Aviator (1909-1982)' gummed stamp.

Jean Batten was undoubtedly New Zealand's greatest aviator. The first woman to fly solo from England to Australia, she then astounded the world by making a series of daring record-breaking flights between Australia and England (1935), England and Brazil (1935) and England and New Zealand (1936). She completed the latter flight in 11 days and 45 minutes. In her later years Jean escaped all media attention, purposefully hiding herself away from her adoring public.

Single Stamp

Single 60c 'Katherine Sheppard - Social Worker (1848-1934)' gummed stamp.

Katherine Sheppard emigrated to New Zealand from England in 1869. As a result of her campaigning our country was the first in the world to award equal voting rights to women. A social worker and a feminist, she founded the New Zealand Christian Women's Temperance Union. She then went on to lead New Zealand women in the historic campaign for suffrage.

Single Stamp

Single 80c 'Richard Pearce - Inventor (1877-1953)' gummed stamp.

Was it a Temuka farmer who built the first successful flying machine? Did he in fact beat the Wright brothers with his haphazard test flight over the Waitohi Flat? Richard Pearse dreamt of building a flying machine. And according to eyewitness accounts, this pioneer of New Zealand aviation first took to the skies for a 100 metre jaunt - before the Wright Brothers made their historic flight in 1903.

Single Stamp

Single $1.00 'Bernard Freyberg - Sportsman, Solider and Governor-General (1889-1963)' gummed stamp.

'Tiny' Freyberg distinguished himself as a British soldier at Gallipoli landing by swimming ashore alone to light decoy fires. This, along with many other acts of bravery and his care for the welfare of his troops earned him numerous medals, including the DSO with three bars, the CMG and the Victoria Cross. In World War II he commanded the New Zealand Division in Greece, Africa and Italy, then went on to become a very popular Governor-General of New Zealand from 1946 to 1952.

Single Stamp

Single $1.50 'Peter Buck - Sportsman, Scientist, Statesman and Soldier (1877-1951)' gummed stamp.

Peter Buck graduated from Otago University in 1904, a sports champion and an outstanding student. Fascinated with science, he worked tirelessly in this field for most of his life, interrupted only by war. He was a qualified physician and received numerous accolades for his contribution to science and his courageous military service. He was elected a Member of Parliament in 1909 and later reached the rank of Cabinet Minister.

First Day Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $5.05

Technical information

Date of issue: 16 May 1990
Designers: Elspeth Williamson, Auckland
Printers: Leigh-Mardon, Australia
Stamp size: 40mm x 28mm
Denominations: 40c, 50c, 60c, 80c, $1.00, $1.50
Sheet size: 100 stamps per sheet
Process: Lithography
Perforation gauge:  14 x 14.25
Paper type: Red phosphor coated, unwatermarked
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale untl 16 May 1991.