1970 – 1979

 Stamps of the Year 1970

24 October 1970: 25th Anniversary of the United Nations Official First Day Cover

To mark the 25th anniversary of the United Nations (UN), a set of 2 stamps was issued. The UN is an intergovernmental organization, whose objective is to promote international cooperation and to create and maintain international order. The organization was established on 24 October 1945 after World War II with the aim of preventing another such conflict. When it was set up, the UN had 51 member states founding members. Today, there are 193 member countries. 

1970 - 25 Anniv of UN

7 April 1970: Mauritius Expo’70/ Osaka Official First Day Cover

Expo ’70 was a world’s fair held in Suita, Osaka, Japan, between March 15 and September 13, 1970. The theme of the Expo was “Progress and Harmony for Mankind.” Mauritius participated in the fair.

To mark this event, an official FDC was issued, using two stamps from the 1969 definite series on marine life. The two stamps, featuring a Blue Marlin and a Daurade, respectively, were overprinted with the words ‘Expo ’70 Osaka’.

1970 7 April Expo Osaka

2 May 1970: Lufthansa Inaugural Flight Mauritius-Frankfurt Official First Day Cover

An official first day cover was issued on 2 May 1970 to mark the German company Lufthansa’s inaugural flight from Frankfurt to Mauritius. This was a milestone in the tourism industry in Mauritius.

1970 2 May - Lufthansa inaug flight

The two stamps illustrate the following:

  1. 20cs: A Lufthansa plane flying over the Morne Brabant mountain and hotel, in the south-west of the island;
  2. 50cs: A map of Mauritius in the background of a Lufthansa plane

The FDC illustrates the Morne Brabant mountain and the beach resort bearing the same time, a Lufthansa plane and the Coats of Arms of Mauritius. 

15 May 1970: Centenary of the Birth of Lenin Official First Day Cover

To mark the birth centenary of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, a set of two stamps were issued on 15 May 1970. Lenin was a Russian communist revolutionary, politician and political theorist. He was the head of government of Soviet Russia from 1917 to 1924 and of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1924.

Under his administration, the Soviet Union became a one-party communist state governed by the Communist Party. Ideologically a Marxist, he developed political theories known as Leninism.

1970 15 May Lenin

The two postage stamps illustrate statutes of Lenin as a school by on the 15cs stamp, and as the ‘founding father of the Soviet state, on the 75 cs stamp. 

 

15 October 1970: Mauritius Port-Louis ‘Old and New’ Crown Agent Cover

An official FDC, with a set of 5 postage stamps, was issued on 15 October 1970 on the theme ‘Port-Louis: Old and New”. It illustrates the various transformations of Port-Louis, since the time of its creation by the French administration as the capital of Mauritius, to become a vibrant capital today.

1970 15 Oct - P.louis old and new

The 5 stamps illustrate the following:

  1. 5cs stamp shows the old General Post Office building as it was before 1870. On the top left corner, the famous ‘Blue Penny’ stamp is shown;
  2. 15cs stamp shows the new General Post Office building since 1870, still in use today;
  3. 50cs stamp shows a horse carriage, which was used as mail coach in the 19th century;
  4. 75cs stamp is a view of the modern harbour of Port-Louis, as it was in 1970. It shows the docks, cargo ships and commercial buildings in the background;
  5. Rs. 2.50 stamps shows Port-Louis harbour as it was when Suffren arrived in 1783, in contrast with the modern harbour shown on the 75cs stamp.

A souvenir sheet was also issued on the same theme, with the same 5 stamps. An additional stamp without a value shows a map of Mauritius, illustrating the geographic location of Port-Louis, the capital and harbour, situated in the North West, and Plaisance, the location of the airport, in the South-East of the island.

15 October 1970: Mauritius Port-Louis ‘Old and New’: Souvenir Sheet

MS Birthplace of philately

 

Stamps of the Year 1971

12 April 1971: Tourist Official First Day Cover

On 12th April 1971, a set of 4 postage stamps was issued on the theme ‘tourist’. 

1971 12 April - Tourist

It features 4 postage stamps which display various assets of Mauritius as a tourism destination:

  1. 10 cs : shows a landscape scenery, with a waterfall with a rainbow;
  2. 15 cs: features another inland scenery of ordinary lifestyle at the time, showing women carrying wood on their heads, crossing a bridge surrounded by sugar cane fields, with montagne Trois Mamelles in the background;
  3. 60 cs: shows a beach scene, with tourists on the beach, ready to go for a boat trip in the lagoon; and
  4. Rs. 2.50: shows marine life under water, with small coloured fish and corals. 

3 October 1971: Plaisance Civil Airport 25th Anniversary Official First Day Cover

In 1971, to mark the silver jubilee of the construction of Plaisance civil airport, a set of 4 postage stamps was issues. The first day cover enveloppe illustrated Mauritius as a crossroad for the Indian Ocean, through the various stop-overs covered by flights that came to Mauritius at that time. It also showed a picture of the airport and Air France planes, which was the first international airplane to come to Mauritius. The Rs. 2.50 stamp illustrated the first airstrip in Mon Choisy in the North, prior to the opening of Plaisance airport and the Potez 43, which was used to link Mauritius to Reunion Island.  

1970 3 Oct - Plaisance civil airport

2 November 1971: Mauritius Third Commonwealth Medical Conference Official First Day Cover

The third Commonwealth Medical Conference was held in Mauritius in November 1971. To mark this occasion, an official FDC, with a set of two postage stamps were issued.

1971 2 Nov - 3rd commonwealth medical conference

The two stamps show the following:

  1. 10cs stamp illustrates Princess Margaret orthopaedic centre at Victoria Hospital, Candos; 
  2. 75cs stamp shows an operation theatre at SSR national hospital in Pamplemousses.

The envelope illustrates the SSR National Hospital situated in the North of the island in the district and village of Pamplemousses.

Stamps of the Year 1972

24 March 1972: Royal Visit to Mauritius, Official First Day Cover

1972 24 March - Royal visit

 

26 June 1972: 150th Anniversary of Port-Louis Theatre, Official First Day Cover

1972 26 June - 150 Anniversary of Port Louis Theater

 

17 November 1972: Pirates and Privateers, Official First Day Cover

During the seven years war (1756-1763) Napoleonic wars between France and England, “Isle de France” became a base from which French corsairs, enlisted by the  French East India company, organised successful raids on British commercial ships. The raids continued until 1810 when a strong British expedition was sent to capture the island.

1972 17 Nov - Pirates and privateers

In 1972, a series of 4 postage stamps was released to illustrate some of the most famous pirates and privateers that operated in the Indian Ocean and notably in Isle de France.

  1. The 15cs stamp features a pirate dhow entering the river Tamarin;
  2. The 60 cs stamp shows an image of a hypothetical treasure excavated in Mauritius;
  3. The R. 1 stamp features Francois Thomas Le Même and his ship Hirondelle, which he armed for privateering during the Napoleonic war and from which he successfully attacked and captured 2 British vessels, which he brought back to Isle de France; and
  4. The Rs. 2.50 features Robert Surcouf. 

Stamps of Year 1973

10 April 1973: 5th Anniversary of Independence, Official First Day Cover

A set of 3 postage stamps was issued to mark the 5th anniversary of independence on 12 March 1973.

1973 10 April - 5th anniversary of independence

On the three stamps:

  1. 15cs: features the University of Mauritius;
  2. 60cs: represents Tea Board building, one of the main agricultural sectors in the 1970s; and
  3. Re. 1.: represents the Bank of Mauritius. The stamps include a picture of Sir. S. Ramgoolam on the top right hand side. 

25 April 1973: OCAM Conference, Official First Day Cover

1973 25 Paril - OCAM Conference

 

21 May 1973: FUEL Inauguration of Union Flacq Post Office, Special Cover

1973 21 May - FUEL Innauguration of PO - SC

20 November 1973: 25th Anniversary of the World Health Organisation, Official First Day Cover

1973 20 Nov - 25th anniversary of WHO

27 November 1973: World Meteorological Organisation Centenary, Official First Day Cover

1973 27 Nov - Centenary of IMO - WMO

May 1973: S.A.I.L Special Cover

1973 - FAIL special cover

 

Stamps of the Year 1974

21 March 1974: Bicentenary of the Birth of Robert Surcouf, Official First Day Cover

Robert Surcouf was a particularly famous privateer (or corsaire). He operated in the Indian Ocean between 1789 and 1801, and again from 1807 to 1808 and captured over 40 prizes. He became very rich as a ship-owner. In January 1814, he became a colonel in the National Guard of Saint-Malo. A stamp was issued in 1973 to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Surcouf. The stamp shows the capture of a 40-gun British vessel Kent by Surcouf onboard his 18-gun brig Confiance, which made him famous.

1974 21 March - 200th birth of Surcouf

18 April 1974: Bicentenary of the Death of P. Commerson, Official First Day Cover

1974 18 Ap - 200th death of Commerson

8 September 1974: Sri Swami Sivananda Jubilee Spiritual Mission, Special Cover

1974 8 Sep - Sivananda Jubilee

23 October 1974: 8th FAO Regional Conference on Africa, Official First Day Cover

1974 25 Oct - 8th FAO Regional Conference

4 December 1974: Centenary of the Universal Postal Union, Official First Day Cover

1974 4 Dec - 100th Universal postal union

Stamps of the Year 1975

6 March 1975: Artistic Aspects of Mauritian Life, Official First Day Cover

1975 6 March - Artistic aspects of Mauritian life

5 December 1975: International Women’s Year, Official First Day Cover

1975 5 Dec - international women's year

 

Stamps of Year 1976

26 February 1976: Drought in Africa, Official First Day Cover

1976 26 Feb - Drought in Africa

2 July 1976: Port Louis Harbour, Official First Day Cover

A set of 5 postage stamps was issued on 2 July 1976 picturing 5 vessels which play an important role in Mauritius.

  1. A 10cs stamps shows the Pierre Loti, a mailing vessel part of Messageries Maritimes (together with 3 other vessels: Ferdinand de Lesseps; Labourdonnais and Jean Laborde). The ships were routed from Marseille, to Port-Said, Djibouti, Mombassa, Dar es Salaam, Majunga, Nosy Be, Diego Suarez, Tamatave, Reunion and Mauritius;
  2. A 15cs stamp featuring the Secunder, 1907, the former iron 3-masted screw steamship Ardengorm, built by Ramage and Ferguson, at Leith, in 1881.  
  3. A  50cs stamp, featuring the Hindoustan, a steamship, which entered into service between India and Suez in 1842. It’s route was extended to Singapore 2 years later
  4. A 60cs stamp features the St Géran sailing in 1740;
  5. Rs. 2.50 shows the Maen, which was the vessel of which the first Dutch Governor, Gooyer, reached the shores of Mauritius on 7 May 1638.

1976 2 July - Port Louis Harbour OFC

2 July 1976: Port-Louis Harbour, Special Cover

1976 2 July - Port Louis Harbour SC

2 July 1976: Port-Louis Harbour: Souvenir Sheet

MS Harbour

28 August 1976: Second Hindi Convention, First Day of Issue

1976 28 Aug - 2nd world hindi convention

22 September 1976: 22nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference, Official First Day Cover

1976 22 Sep - 22nd commonwealth parliamentary conference

15 December 1976: Moenjodaro Pakistan, Official First Day Cover

1976 15 Dec - Moenjodaro Pakistan

 

Stamps of the Year 1977

20 January 1977: 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, Official First Day Cover

1977 30 Jan - 2nd world black and african festival of arts and culture

7 February 1977: Queen Elizabeth Coronation Silver Jubilee, Official First Day Cover

1977 2 Feb - Silver jubilee coronation OFC

7 February 1977: The Queen’s Silver Jubilee, the Westminster Collectors’ Society

1977 7 Feb - Silver jubilee coronation Westminster collection comm cover

7 February 1977: Official Commemorative Stamps of Mauritius Honouring the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

1977 7 Feb - Silver jubilee coronation Westminster collection

7 February 1977: 1952 Silver Jubilee 1977, Special Cover

1977 7 Feb - Silver jubilee coronation special cover

22 September 1977: Mauritius Flowers’ Issue, Official First Day Cover

On 22 September 1977, the GPO released the first indigenous flowers set, comprising of 4 postage stamps, namely (i) 20cs, showing the “laine à crochet” or Hugonia Tomentaso, a woody endemic climber with beautiful hairy leaves. Its golden flowers appear usually in September/ October; (ii) R. 1.00 showing Bois Jasmin or Ochnacea, an endemic deciduous shrub which flowers copiously in December/ January. The white flowers, which usually appears before the leaves give a very attractive blossom to the forest of the plateau; (iii) Rs. 1.50 shows Dombeya (Dombeya Acutangula Sterculianceae), a very rare indigenous rather spreding shrub which gives a nice round shape. It has pink flowers in bifid cymes which covers the plant completely, giving it a splendid colourful appearance; (iv) Rs. 5, showing the Boucle d’oreille (Trochetia Blackbumiana Sterulianceae), a low level endemic shrub, which grows on the plateau. It flowers rather profusely and in some varieties they may be straitions on the pink petals. The rather large pendulous flowers are bell shaped and look similar to earings, hence the common name “boucle d’oreille”. It is referred as the national flower of Mauritius. 

1977 22 Sep - Flowers issue

 

31 October 1977: Air Mauritius International Inaugural Flight, Official First Day Cover

To mark Air Mauritius international inaugural flights, an official first day cover and a miniature sheet were released on 31 October 1977. Four stamps included a 25 cs stamp, a 50 cs and a 75 cs stamp, all showing the twin otter planes. The Rs. 5 stamp represented a Boeing 707, which left for the first time for London on 31 October 1977. The emblem of Air Mauritius is the red-tailed tropical bird (Paille en queue), which is also featured on the 50cs stamp.

1977 31 oct - Air Mauritius inaugural flight

A souvenir sheet was also issued on that occasion.

31 October 1977: Air Mauritius International Inaugural Flight: Souvenir Sheet

MS Air Mauritius inaug flight

 

Stamps of the Year 1978

12 March 1978: Mauritius New Definitive Stamp Issue – 1 – Official First Day Cover

This definitive issue stands out as being the only set released during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II that does not not depict Mauritian nature. This set of 20 postage stamps was issued on 12 March 1978 to mark the 10th anniversary of Independence and is therefore a combination of a commemorative and a definitive issue. The stamps illustrate some of the main events in the history of Mauritius from its discovery to independence.

 

1978 12 March - New definitive issue 2

Four covers were issued  with five postage stamps each. The first cover illustrates the following:

  1. 35cs illustrates the Official Act of Sovereignty by the French, who took possession of the island on 1715, renamed Isle de France. This demonstrates the strategic importance of Mauritius;
  2. 50cs depicts Port-Louis, which was built around 1736 under the directions of Governor Mahé de Labourdonnais;
  3. 60cs pictures Pierre Poivre, one of the key figures of Mauritian history. He was responsible for the introduction of a variety of spices and created the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden;
  4. 70cs is a map of Mauritius, drawn by the astronomer and geographer Abbé de la Caille, who made a detailed survey of Mauritius and his observations were introduced in a amp of 1763;
  5. Rs. 15 depicts the independence celebrations on 12 March 1968. On that day, the Mauritius flag unfurled for the first time.

12 March 1978: Mauritius New Definitive Stamp Issue – 2 – Official First Day Cover

1978 12 March - New definitive issue 3

The second cover includes 5 stamps:

  1. Rs. 1.25 which shows the ball of Lady Gomm and one of the celebrated first day covers of the Post Office issue;
  2. Rs 1.50 showing the Indian indentured labourers, who arrived in 1834 after the abolition of slavery;
  3. Rs. 2 shows horse racing brought in by the British. The Mauritius Turf Club organised the first race in 1812;
  4. Rs. 3 represents the Place d’Armes, opposite the Government House, the main square in Port-Louis. It was originally the training site of the military corps.
  5. Rs. 5 marking the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, who visited Mauritius in 1901. A souvenir postcard was issued on that occasion.

12 March 1978: Mauritius New Definitive Stamp Issue – 3 – Official First Day Cover

1978 12 March - New difinitive issue 4

This third cover shows the following stamps:

  1. 75cs, which shows the first coin minted in silver in 1810;
  2. 90cs, showing a scene of Battle of Grand Port. Mauritius had become a hub for French corsairs who were frustrating the British commercial interests in the Indian Ocean. In 1810, the British forces attacked Mauritius but were defeated in the Battle of Grand Port;
  3. Re. 1 shows the landing of the British on 29 November 1840, following the Battle of Grand Port;
  4. Rs. 1.20 depicts a view of Government House during the British period around 1840.
  5. Rs. 10 depicts the Royal College of Curepipe, one of the most prestigious schools in Mauritius

12 March 1978: Mauritius New Definitive Stamp Issue – 4 – Official First Day Cover

1978 12 March - New definitive stamp issue 1

This fourth cover has the following stamps:

  1. 10cs pictures a Portuguese map from 1519. Although Arab sailors knew the location of Mauritius, this Portuguese map is the earliest accurate record of the island. The Portuguese called the island Ilha do Cerne;
  2. 15cs shows the first settlement in Mauritius. The Dutch visited the island in 1598 and called it Mauritius after their Prince Mauritz Van Nassau;
  3. 20cs is a detailed Dutch map dating from around 1700, during the time the island was occupied by the Dutch;
  4. 25cs is Rodrigues, when it was first settled in 1698 by Francois Leguat. The stamp shows a plate of the book of Leguat’s account;
  5. Rs 25 depicts the first Governor of Mauritius, Sir Abdool Raman Mohamed Osman (on the left) and the first Prime Minister of Mauritius, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam.

A booklet was issued with the 20 stamps relating the history of Mauritius

12 March 1978: Mauritius Definitive Series – The History of Mauritius on Stamps – Booklet

1978 12 March - New definitive series booklet

11 May 1978: 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of H.M Queen Elizabeth II, Official First Day Cover

1978 11 May - 25th anniversary of coronation QE II OFC

11 May 1978: 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of H.M Queen Elizabeth II, Souvenir Sheet

MS 25th annif coronation

11 May 1978: 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of H.M Queen Elizabeth II, Sheet cover

1978 11 May - 25th anniv of coronation QE II - sheet cover

3 August 1978: 50th Anniversary of the Discovery of Penicillin

1978 Penicillin

3 August 1978: 50th Anniversary of the Discovery of Penicillin, Souvenir sheet

MS 50 Annif penicillin

21 September 1978: Mauritius Wildlife, Official First Day Cover

1978 21 Sep - Mauritius wild life OFC

21 September 1978: Mauritius Wildlife, World Wildlife Fund: Souvenir Sheet

MS Wild Life

21 September 1978: Mauritius Wildlife, World Wildlife Fund First Day Cover 1

1978 21 Sep - Mauritius wild life SC3

21 September 1978: Mauritius Wildlife, World Wildlife Fund First Day Cover 2

1978 21 Sep - Mauritius wild life SC4

21 September 1978: Mauritius Wildlife, World Wildlife Fund First Day Cover 3

1978 21 Sep - Mauritius world wild life - SC 1

21 September 1978: Mauritius Wildlife, World Wildlife Fund First Day Cover 4

1978 21 Sep - Mauritius world wilf life SC2

21 December 1978: 200th Anniversary of the Reconstruction of Chateau Le Reduit, Official First Day Cover

On 21 December 1978, the GPO released a set of 3 postage stamps and a booklet to mark the 200th anniversary of the reconstruction of Chateau Le Réduit.

1978 21 dec 200th Anniversary Le Reduit OFC

 

1 December 1978: 200th Anniversary of the Reconstruction of Chateau Reduit, Booklet

1978 21 Dec - 200 Anniversary Le Reduit booklet

15 December 1978: 30th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Special Cover

1978 15 Dec - 30th anniversary of declaration of human rights SC

27 December 1978: Mauritius Commercial Bank: 140th Anniversary, Special Commemorative Cover

To mark the 140th anniversary of the Mauritius Commercial Bank Ltd, a special commemorative cover was issued. The Mauritius Commercial Bank’s history started on September 1, 1838 when Governor Sir William Nicolay proclaimed the establishment of ‘La Banque Commerciale de l’îsle Maurice’ in Port Louis. The bank was an initiative by a group of traders of the capital, headed by Mr. James Blyth and Mr. William Hollier Griffiths, who wanted to establish an alternative to the Bank of Mauritius, which they felt favoured the planters on the island. The bank started business with an authorised capital of 100,000 pounds sterling, around 500,000 piastres, in premises situated at rue de Paris, subsequently rue Desforges, now Sir Seewoosagur Street.

1978 - 140ans MCB

In 1839, Her Majesty Queen Victoria granted a Royal Charter to the newly established bank under the name of ‘The Mauritius Commercial Bank’ (MCB). The British government renewed the charter every twenty years until 18 August 1955 when the Bank became a limited liability company. In 1949, Lloyds Bank became a shareholder. In 1955, MCB became a limited liability company. At this point MCB became the first bank to set up branches in rural locations: Mahébourg in 1955, Flacq in 1958, Triolet in 1959, and Goodlands in 1963. Other branches followed. In 1960, MCB bank moved to the current location of its headquarters at Sir William Newton Street.

Stamps of the Year 1979

1 February 1979: Mauritius Locomotives, Official First Day Cover

A set of 4 postage stamps was issued on 1 February 1979 on the theme “steam locomotives” of Mauritius.

 

1979 1 Feb - Locomotives OFC

The stamps feature the following:

  1. 20cs:  a cane carrier used in sugar cane fields for the transportation of cane to the factory. It is a diesel Whitcomb 65HP locomotive, made in the US. It was brought to Mauritius in 1949 by Beau-Champ Sugar Estate only to be used in cane fields;
  2. Re. 1: a steam cane carrier made in the early 1920 by Orenstein and Koppell A.G in Berlin, Germany. It was imported by Beau-Champ in 1922 and was named “Sir William”, in honour of the owner of the factory, Sir William Garthwaite. The tow other stamps picture locomotives at the service of Mauritius Government Railways;
  3. Rs. 1.50: the Kitson & co. locomotive of which four went into service in 1930; and
  4. Rs. 2: one of the 3 Beyer – Peacock Garrats introduced in 1927. The Garrats were powerful locomotives completely unsuited to Mauritius conditions and the 1928 Railway Commission recommended that they be sold off or returned to the UK. However they remained in service until the end. 

A miniature sheet was also released on the same theme:

1 February 1979: Mauritius Locomotives: Souvenir Sheet

MS locomotive

1 February 1979: Mauritius Locomotives, Special issue – stamps from all countries

1979 1 Feb - locomotives SC

30 April 1979: Beatification of Father J. D Laval, Apostle of Mauritius, Official First Day Cover

1979 30 Ap - Father Laval OFC

30 April 1979: Beatification of Father J. D Laval, Apostle of Mauritius: Souvenir Sheet

MS pere laval

30 April 1979: Beatification of Father J. D Laval, Apostle of Mauritius, Sheet Cover

1979 30 April - father laval Sheet cover

1979: In Commemoration of the Apollo 11 Landing on the Moon

1979 - Commemoration of Appolo 11 booklet

1979 Commemoration Apollo 11 - stamps inside booklet

25 July 1979: International Bureau Education Jubilee Special Cover

1979 25 July - international bureau education jubilee SC

29 August 1979: Sir Rowland Hill, Inventor of the Adhesive Postage Stamp and Great Postal Reformer, Official First Day Cover

To mark the death centenary of Sir Rowland Hill, a set of 3 postage stamps and a miniature sheet were issued on 29 August 1979. Sir Rowland Hill was an English teacher, inventor and social reformer. He campaigned for a comprehensive reform of the postal system, based on the concept of Uniform Penny Post and his solution of prepayment, facilitating the safe, speedy and cheap transfer of letters. Hill later served as a government postal official. He is known for being the founding father of the modern postal service, including the invention of the adhesive postage stamp.

1979 29 Aug - Sir Roland Hill OFC

The three stamps featured on the first day cover illustrate various stamps issued in Mauritius, including the famous “penny red” featured on the Rs. 5 stamp.

A souvenir sheet was also issued, illustrating the ‘blue penny’, one of the rarest, most famous and most expensive Mauritian stamps.

29 August 1979: Sir Rowland Hill, Inventor of the Adhesive Postage Stamp and Great Postal Reformer: Souvenir Sheet

S R. Hill

The souvenir sheet was also mounted on an official FDC, as illustrated below.

29 August 1979: Sir Rowland Hill, Inventor of the Adhesive Postage Stamp and Great Postal Reformer, Sheet Cover

1979 29 Aug - Sir Rowland Hill Sheet cover

A few special commemorative and private covers were also issued on that occasion. Two such covers are illustrated below.

(i) 29 August 1979: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamp 1840 – 1940, First Day Cover, unofficial

1979 29 Aug - Sir Rowland Hill Commemorative cover

(ii) 29 August 1979: Sir Rowland Hill, Inventor of the Adhesive Postage Stamp and Great Postal Reformer, The Heritage of Postal History, unofficial

1979 29 Aug - Sir Rowland Hill - Heritage postal collection

11 October 1979: International Year of the Child, Official First Day Cover

1979 11 Oct - International Year of the Child OFC

11 October 1979: International Year of the Child – special cover Children’s stamps help children in need

1979 11 Oct - IYC SC2

11 October 1979: International Year of the Child, Special Cover

1979 11 Oct - International Year of the child SC1

11 October 1979: International Year of the Child, stamps sheet

1979 11 Oct - International year of the child - stamp sheet

11 October 1979: Mauritius: The Archbishop’s Wonderful Mule – World greatest fairy tales

1979 11 Oct - international year of the child - archbishop mule issue

28 November 1979: President’s African Goodwill Conference, 27 Nov – 3 December 1979 Mauritius – Special Commemorative Cover

1979 24 Nov - president's african goodwill conference