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Sir Winston Churchill - Commonwealth Day

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A successful joint venture by the Australian and New Zealand postal administrations produced stamps in honour of the British statesman Sir Winston Churchill.

Issue information

New Zealand readily agreed to the suggestion of the Australian Post Office that commemorative stamps with a common design be prepared for issue on Commonwealth Day, 24 May 1965.

The design was based on the photographic study of Churchill in 1941 by Yousuf Karsh of Ottawa. Legend has it that to catch the impression he wanted Karsh snatched Sir Winston's cigar away from him and took the photograph at that moment.

The value of the corresponding Australian stamp was 5d.

Stamp Bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 35 in July 1965.

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 Sir Winston Churchill - Commonwealth Day

Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp Single 7d 'Sir Winston Churchill - Commonwealth Day' gummed stamp. 7d

Technical information

Date of issue: 24 May 1965
Designers: New Zealand Post Office, Wellington
Printers: Australian Bank Note and Stamp Printer, Australia
Stamp size: 25.5mm x 38mm
Sheet size: 48 stamps per sheet
Process: Photogravure
Perforation gauge: 13.5 x 13.25
Paper type: Harrison and Sons, chalk surfaced, no watermark
Period of sale: This stamp remained on sale until 30 June 1966.
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