The Territory of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, also called Cocos Islands and Keeling
Charles Darwin on stamps of Cocos Island
, is a territory of Australia
located in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Christmas
and approximately midway between Australia and Sri Lanka
The territory consists of two atolls and 27 coral islands, of which two, West Island and Home
Island, are inhabited with a total population of approximately 600.
The archipelago has issued
postage stamps since June 1963 and had postal independence from 1979 to 1993.
ustralia Post issued stamps for the Cocos Islands between 1963 and 1979 and since January 1st,
1994 has published stamps for the territory.
Both Cocos Islands territory stamps and Australian stamps are valid in the Cocos Islands.
Following the example of Christmas Island in March 1993, the postal service of the Cocos Islands
was transferred from the local authority to Australia Post.
Cocos Islands stamps issued since 1994 and bearing the territorial label "COCOS
(KEELING) ISLANDS AUSTRALIA" are valid in Australia and the stamps of
Australia are on the archipelago too. [R2]
Official stamps of Cocos Islands related to Paleontology: Charles Darwin.
|28.12.1981 - "100th anniversary of death and 150 years since
start of his trip on HMS Beagle of Charles Darwin"
||01.04.1986 - "150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's visit" 
The sketch of Charles Darwin stamp, created by Brian Clinton for Australian Post.
 Brian Clinton, the artist who designed the stamps for the
Anniversary of Charles Darwin's Visit" set for Cocos Islands, issued in 1986,
proposed a similar stamp to Australian Post (see his sketch on the right).
Unfortunately, the stamp was not adopted.
Australian Post issued a postal stationery with imprinted stamp of
Anniversary of Charles Darwin's Visit to Australia", instead.
The envelope and the imprinted stamp were designed by Australian artist Ron Brooks from Melbourne.
Other stamps of Cocos Islands to consider: HMS Beagle [R3]
and its captain[R4], anniversary of Charles Darwin's visit on the islands
HMS Beagle on stamp of Cocos islands 1976,
MiNr.: 22, Scott: 22
Fitz Roy captain of HMS Beagle on stamp of Cocos islands 1990,
MiNr.: 229A, Scott: 219
Stamp of Cocos islands 2009 dedicated to visit of Charles Darwin,
MiNr.: 453, Scott: 351b
on stamp with face value of 5c, at of definitive set from 1976
and on the stamp with face value of 75c from "Navigators" set from 1990, as well
as on stamp with face $1 value and FDC postmark of
"150 anniversary of Charles Darwin's visit" set from 1986.
The young naturalist Charles Darwin was on board, and his work made Beagle
one of the most famous ships in history. [R3]
The captain of the ship, Robert FitzRoy
is also depicted on the 75c stamp of the “Navigators” set.
[A2] The stamp with a fish, face value 55c, is dedicated to Charles Darwin's visit.
Commemorative postmarks of Cocos islands indirectly related to Paleontology: HMS Beagle
| 01.04.1986 - "150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's visit"
Many thanks to
Dr. Peter Voice
from Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Western Michigan University,
for the draft page review and his very valuable comments.