Received this cover this past week from New Zealand. Never heard of Ross Dependency before and was wondering why this cover from NZ had these stamps on it.
After doing some reading on the web, Ross Dependency is the name given to the sector of Antarctica that is owned by NZ. I also read that the stamps are not used on New Zealand Mail, just mail coming from that sector of Antarctica. But the return address on the back of the cover is from Auckland NZ. Im just a little confused now.
Post by Gordon Lee on Sept 2, 2013 14:20:12 GMT -5
Greetings Mr. kacyds . Thanx for throwing in some additional information. . Here's what I found at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postage_stamps_and_postal_history_of_the_Ross_Dependency . Basically, it sez: "The denominations match those of contemporary New Zealand stamps. However, the stamps are not generally valid on New Zealand mail. Mail from the Ross Dependency is processed by the “Ross Dependency Agency”, located at a post office in Christchurch. Members of the public (mostly philatelists and stamp dealers) are able to post items bearing Ross Dependency stamps at this office. . Mail is canceled with the inscription “Ross Dependency Agency, Christchurch."" . Since the sprayed postmark on your image is unreadable, I don't think it Reads “Ross Dependency Agency, Christchurch." Thus, there might be two reasons the return address is mainland New Zealand. 1) the sender pulled a fast one on New Zealand Post and snuck the Ross Dependency stamps past them, or 2) used his/her own return address and actually mailed it from a Ross Dependency location and the “Ross Dependency Agency, Christchurch" postmark has been chanced since the internet article was written. . Either way, neato. . Respectfully,
I read the same article and believe that it might be outdated. Probably the stamps can be used for New Zealand mail or then again the sender passed a fast one. Either way I like the cover and will keep it.
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