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.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
New Zealand Post
Reference: 1940 Centenary of Proclamation of British Sovereignty stamp issue
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