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7 December 1987
Tablet Values: 20c, 40c, 90c, $1.80
Artist: J M Toombs
Printer: The House of Questa Ltd
Paper: C A Watermarked
Stamp Size: 3 stamps 31.75 x 31.75 mm
Perforation Gauge: 14 per 2 cm
Pane Format: 50 (2 panes of 25)
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First Day Cover: $3.75
The artist responsible for the original monochromatic paintings forming the basis for this issue was Lieutenant Conway Shipley, an officer on HMS Calypso which arrived at Pitcairn Island on 9 March 1848 and "sailed at sunset" two days later.
The Pitcairn Island Register, a manuscript volume in which were
the more notable events occurring on the island, says of the visit:
At 9 am [on 10 March 1848] Captain Worth, and a party of officers, landed; and the greetings on both sides were cordial. Our people, men, women and children, are almost beside themselves.
Many valuable and useful presents were brought to the island...
The Shipley paintings now form part of a private collection in Australia.