Type / Condition

 Cocos (Keeling) Is

First Stamp of Cocos Islands
First Stamp of Cocos Islands

The first stamps were issued for the Cocos Islands in 1963. After the change of currency to the dollar, Australian stamps were used between 1966 and 1969, and from then were issued for the Cocos Islands in the new currency. Cocos Islands stamps are a blend of themes of local interest and themes aimed at the thematic collectors market. The stamps for the Cocos Islands were issued by the Australian Post Office between 1963 and 1979 and were also valid for use in Australia. Between 1979 and 1994 there was an independent stamp issuing policy. Since 1994, the stamps for the Cocos Islands have been issued by Australia Post and have also been valid for use in Australia,  just as the stamps of Australia are valid on the Cocos Islands. [source: StampWorldHistory]


FIRST STAMPS Straits Settlements 1903.

1963, sterling.
1966, as Australia.

The islands, discovered by Captain Keeling in 1609, were settled in 1827 by a British subject, John Clunies-Ross, who was adopted as local ruler. In 1857 they were declared a British possession. Placed under the Ceylon government in 1876, they were transferred to the Straits Settlements in 1886 and incorporated with Singapore in 1903. From July 1942 to 3 April 1946 (with Singapore in Japanese hands) they were placed under Ceylon and a military administration. When Singapore became independent in 1955, they were transferred to Australia.


Used stamps of Straits Settlements 1933-7. Used stamps of Singapore 1952-5. Used stamps of Australia 1955-63. Used stamps of Australia 14 February 1966 - 8 July 1969 owing to change to decimal currency. Separate stamps resumed 9 July 1969. [from the Stamp Atlas]


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