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Ross Dependency - Pictorials

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This stamp issue replaced the Ross Dependency Definitive Set released in 1957 and reissued in decimal currency in 1967.

Issue information

The new issue was timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of Scott's polar party reaching the South Pole on 18 January 1912.

Skua - 3c
These birds appear in the Antarctic during the summer and are a constant companion of ships in the region.

Royal New Zealand Air Force Hercules - 4c
Unloading supplies on the ice runway at 'Williams Field'.

Shackleton's Hut, Cape Royds - 5c
This hut was built in 1908 by members of Shackleton's antarctic expedition to accommodate fifteen men.

The Royal New Zealand Navy supply ship HMNZS 'Endeavour' - 8c
Off-loading supplies.

Scott Base - 10c
New Zealand headquarters in the Antarctic.

Tabular Iceflow - 18c
A flat-topped ice formation perhaps 800 to 1000 feet thick.

Technical information

Date of Issue: 18 January 1972
Designers: M Cleverley, Auckland
Printers: Bradbury Wilkinson, England
Stamp Size: 3c, 4c, 5c and  8c: 28mm x 24mm;  10c and 18c: 40.64mm x 24.13mm
Sheet Size: 100
Process: Lithography
Perforation Gauge: 3c - 8c: 12.75 x 13.25;  10c & 18c: 14.75 x 14 and 13.75 x 13.25
Paper Type: Chalk surfaced, unwatermarked