This Australian Territory in the Indian Ocean is not very well known by Australians. The (Keeling) part of the name is to distinguish it from other islands around the world called Cocos.

The 25 Islands are all coral atolls, 1300 kilometres north-west of Western Australia, putting them well and truly in the tropics, though not really Pacific!

From WW2 until 1954, Australian stamps were used, then those of Singapore to 1955, before a switch back to Australia. The first issue of stamps was in June 1963.

All significant parts of the islands’ history are shown in the stamps along with the flora and fauna to capture for us the story of these remote islands.