Story: Nearshore islands

Pigeon post stamps

Pigeon post stamps

Isolation is one of the challenges faced by people living on islands. To help overcome this, a pigeon messenger service was established in 1897 between Great Barrier Island and Auckland. The stamps of the two companies offering the service were the first airmail stamps in the world. The pigeongram service ended in 1908, when a telegraph cable was laid. The red stamp was for a service to Marotere Island in the Hen and Chickens group.

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How to cite this page:

Eileen McSaveney, 'Nearshore islands - Island industry, recreation and life', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 September 2021)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 24 Sep 2007