CHRISTMAS ISLAND

Even before decimal currency in Australia, Christmas Island always used dollars and cents on their stamps.

They were using Malaysian money, the only Australian dependency to do so. After 1968 Australian decimal currency was utilised.

A modest stamp issuing policy has kept the stamps popular. As the issues are always focussed on local topics, it is easy to get an overall picture of this interesting spec in the Indian Ocean.

The island was named on December 25th in 1643 by Captain W Mynors on board the “Royal Mary”.

The remote nature has enabled a number of unique flora and fauna to evolve. The island is surrounded by a reef which is alive with sealife and on land the Red Crab and Sea Turtle are often seen.

Christmas Island