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Christmas Island

15th October 1958

Australian Administration 8

Christmas Island 1-10
  1-10 xxx

perf 14½, no wmk, engaved
overprint typographed in black

Description   Scott SG Mi Y&T  
Australian stamps overprinted
2 cents yellow-orange   1 1      
4c brown   2 2      
5c lilac   3 3      
6c dull blue   4 4      
8c grey-brown   5 5      
10c violet   6 6      
12c carmine-rose   7 7      
20c ultra   8 8      
50c yellow-green   9 9      
$1 greenish-blue   10 10      

Christmas Island is in the Indian Ocean, around 600 miles south of Singapore. Previously part of Straits Settlements and then of the Crown Colony of Singapore, it was occupied by Japanese troops during WW2, reverted to Singapore and became an Australian territory in October 1958.

Sources: ScS, SGPS.

Image from ebay.

FI ref: 654 Page credit: NB

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