German New Guinea
perf 13½x14½, no wmk
|Stamps of Germany overprinted in black|
|3 pfennigs brown||‡||1||1|
|3pf reddish brown||1899||1a||1a|
† Date of issue, where not 1897.
‡ Gibbons  dates the 3pf brown as July 1898.
On 6th November 1884 south-eastern New Guinea became a British protectorate and ten days later the north-eastern portion was declared a German protectorate and named Kaiser Wilhelms Land. In September 1914, Australian forces landed and the German troops surrendered ten days later. In December 1920, Australia was given a mandate by the League of Nations to administer the area.