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d1stamper
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18 Jul 2016
10:33:15am
Norfolk Island has stopped issuing its own stamps

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Jansimon
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18 Jul 2016
10:54:52am

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re: Norfolk Island

Sort of. There will be new stamps similar to those from Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling), according to the article.

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Rob1956
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19 Jul 2016
07:06:13pm
re: Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island was once an Australian Penal Colony very much like Tasmania (then Van Diemen’s Land), and very much like all of New South Wales.

Responsibility of the issuance of Norfolk Island stamps belonged to Australia until 1947 when the island, an Australian territory since 1914, received its own stamps and a postal autonomy.

The stamps until July 1, 2016 could not be used in Australia because of the postal independence and visa-versa.

Since July 1, 2016 the responsibility for the administration of Norfolk Island’s postal system has reverted back to being an Australian responsibility, including the development and production of its stamps.

The name of the stamps will no longer show the inscription “NORFOLK ISLAND" but “NORFOLK ISLAND, AUSTRALIA” and all stamps carrying that inscription will be valid on both Norfolk Island and Australia (the former Norfolk Island stamps will remain invalid), people on Norfolk Island will also be able to use Australian stamps on their postage.

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Jansimon
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20 Jul 2016
01:44:43am

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"people on Norfolk Island will also be able to use Australian stamps on their postage."


All ten of them :-)
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Rob1956
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20 Jul 2016
06:29:11am
re: Norfolk Island

I didn't know there were that many.

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smauggie
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20 Jul 2016
11:58:15am
re: Norfolk Island

Looks like Norfolk Island has ideal temperatures, plenty of sun and rain, and a relatively open immigration policy. Sounds like a nice place to retire.

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ernieinjax
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20 Jul 2016
12:12:30pm
re: Norfolk Island

At smauggie,

"Sounds like a nice place to retire."

I hear you. I was thinking the same thing. The pictures are beautiful. My wife and I have kicked around the idea of moving to Hawaii. I've read alot about people who try it and a year to 18 mos. later they get claustrophobic big time. TRAPPED in paradise. Norfolk Island makes the big Island of Hawaii look like Eurasia. There's a reason why it was once a penal colony!

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jpidgeon
08 Aug 2016
03:43:45pm
re: Norfolk Island

I just ordered the last 3 sets of their stamps. It is one of my favourite "countries" to collect. Not sure if I will still collect once Aussie Post start issuing them. If it is easy to order from their website, I will probably get them as well.

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Bobstamp
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08 Aug 2016
11:37:54pm
re: Norfolk Island

Norfolk's history is fascinating. It was colonized originally because of its Norfolk pine trees, which aren't pines, and its flax. It was thought that the trees would make ideal masts for British ships, and the flax could be used to make sails. Wrong, and wrong.

The fibres of the trees were too short, which meant that masts made from them easily snapped in two, and the sails made from the flax were of poor quality. The British abandoned their plans, and abandoned the island to the convicts and the women who had been transported with and for them. Within a few years a poverty-stricken society utterly without laws or hope developed, and feral dogs roamed the island.

During the Second World War, the island became an American military base and was largely stripped of its forests.

Bob

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bobstew617
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09 Aug 2016
07:51:34pm
re: Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island has intrigued me for a number of years, and I finally started to collect their stamps this year. Will I collect the new issues? Probably...SillyNerd

Gotta love those map adhesive stamps! Big Grin

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michael78651
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10 Aug 2016
11:31:11am
re: Norfolk Island

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" Sounds like a nice place to retire."



Maybe. if you retire young. As you get older, and health problems start to creep in, you will not be able to get medical attention on Norfolk. Anything serious, and you'll be airlifted to Australia. You'll have to pay for that ($20,000 AUD at least). Also if you are a US citizen, Medicare coverage does not extend to Norfolk.

The current population on the island is dropping. Much of that are the younger people getting out of school as there is no work for them on the island. The other group leaving the island is the elderly.

Norfolk is about 13 square miles in size. The size of the island of Hawaii is over 4000 square miles. I have been to Puerto Rico, and it too is large enough (over 3500 square miles) to where you don't think that you're on an island. I looked at Norfolk using Google Earth. Hard to get away from the ocean. I guess one used to large areas of land would get to feeling trapped like being in a prison, which is what the island used to be.
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