Cocos Islands

Charles Darwin on stamps of Cocos Island


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The Territory of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, also called Cocos Islands and Keeling Islands, is a territory of Australia, located in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Christmas Island 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. [R1]

The archipelago has issued postage stamps since June 1963 and had postal independence from 1979 to 1993.
A 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"
Charles Darwin on stamps of Cocos island 1981 Charles Darwin on stamps of Cocos island 1986


Other stamps of Cocos Islands to consider: HMS Beagle [R3] and its captain[R4], anniversary of Charles Darwin's visit on the islands

29.03.1976 "Ships" [A1] 24.08.1990 "Navigators" [A1] 21.04.2009 "400th anniversary of discovery" [A2]
HMS Beagle on Historic Ships stamp of Cocos Islands 1976 HMS Beagle on Historic Ships stamp of Cocos Islands 1976 HMS Beagle on Historic Ships stamp of Cocos Islands 1976

Notes:
[A1]
HMS Beagle on stamp of Cocos islands 1976 Fitz Roy captain of HMS Beagle on stamp of Cocos islands 1990 Stamp of Cocos islands 2009 dedicated to visit of Charles Darwin
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
H.M.S. "Beagle" 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. [R4]

[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" [FDC] [A1]
Beagle ship on postmark on Cocos island 1986



References:
  •   [R1] Cocos Islands: Wikipedia, WikiTravel, FlagCounter.
  •   [R2] Postal History and Philately of Cocos Islands: Wikipedia,
              Links to official website of the Post Authority, stamp catalog and a list of new stamps of Cocos Islands are here.
  •   [R3] HMS Beagle: Wikipedia
  •   [R4] Robert FitzRoy: Wikipedia


Acknowledgements:
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.


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