This tiny dot in the Pacific has a history which is quite different from other islands.

It was discovered by Captain Cook in 1774 and he was impressed by the pines and flax which he felt could be used by British ships.

A settlement began in 1788 soon after Sydney Cove in Australia was claimed. This was abandoned in 1814 due to lack of food and other difficulties. In 1825 a new Penal Colony was set up, it was a hell on earth. The colony was again abandoned in 1825 and soon after the Pitcairners arrived, looking for a larger island to inhabit.

Now the Island is a territory of Australia, tourism is the major industry, offering the city-weary a respite in a tranquil rural background.

The stamps reflect much of the history and culture, much can be learnt from collecting their attractive stamps.

Norfolk Island