Story: Empire and Commonwealth

Cook stamp

Cook stamp

New Zealand became part of the British Empire in 1840. Seventy years earlier the navigator James Cook had raised the British flag on Motuara in the Marlborough Sounds, claiming the South Island for King George III. This stamp was issued for New Zealand's centennial in 1940.

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Reference: 1940 Centenary of Proclamation of British Sovereignty stamp issue

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How to cite this page:

W. David McIntyre, 'Empire and Commonwealth - Expansion of the British Empire', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 February 2023)

Story by W. David McIntyre, published 20 Jun 2012