History of The Australian Commonwealth Specialists' Catalogue
 


PAPAU
Formally British New Guinea

1885 - 1949
Updated: 28 June 2022



Product List Abbreviations

STAMP HISTORY
British New Guinea - Papau
1884 ..... Papua was annexed by Britain and administrated by the Colony of Queensland. Stamps of Queensland were used from 1885 until 1901.
1901 ..... First stamps inscribed "British New Guinea" were released.
1906 ..... Country was renamed Papua and control transferred to the Commonwealth of Australia. Current stamps were overprinted "Papua.".
1910 ..... First stamps inscribed "PAPUA" were released.
1942 ..... Papua was invaded and occupied by Japan during World War II until 1944.
1945 ..... After World War II, administration by Australia with Australian Stamps being used.
1949 ..... Still under Australian Control, Papua was amalgamated with New Guinea to form the "Territory of Papua & New Guinea".

1885  STAMP ISSUES
Typical Queensland Stamp used in Papua, listed by Date of Issue and Numbered on a Yearly Basis 
Stamps of Queensland Used: Used copies can be identified by an 8, 9, or 10 BNG Cancellation
1885 - 1901:  Port Moresby had 8 bars; Samaria had 9 bars; others had 10 Bars. The letters could be NG or BNG (British New Guinea)
Product List
Stamp List
1
stamp
Typical 9 BNG Cancellation
Gummed Stamps
Some 37 different Queensland stamps are known to have been used in British New Guinea.
1 -  Typical 9 BNG Cancellation

1901  STAMP ISSUES
Papua Stamps Listed by Date of Issue and Numbered on a Yearly Basis 
Black & Single Colour Lakatoi: Inscribed "British New Guinea"
1901 - 1905: Simplified
Product List
Stamp List
1
stamp
½d.  Black & Yellow-Green
2
stamp
1d.  Black & Carmine
3
stamp
2d.  Black & Violet
4
stamp
2½d.  Black & Ultramarine

5
stamp
4d.  Black & Sepia
6
stamp
6d.  Black & Myrtle Green
7
stamp
1s.  Black & Orange
8
stamp
2s.6d.  Black & Brown
Gummed Stamps
Sheets of 30.  View

1 -     ½d.  Black & Yellow-Green
2 -      1d.  Black & Carmine
3 -      2d.  Black & Violet
4 -     ½d.  Black & Ultramarine
5 -      4d.  Black & Sepia
6 -      6d.  Black & Myrtle Green
7 -       1s.  Black & Orange
8 - 2s.6d.  Black & Brown


1906  STAMP ISSUES
Papua Stamps Listed by Date of Issue and Numbered on a Yearly Basis
Black & Single Colour Lakatoi: British New Guinea stamps overprinted large "Papua."
8 November 1906
Product List
Stamp List
1
stamp
½d.  Black & Yellow-Green
2
stamp
1d.  Black & Carmine
3
stamp
2d.  Black & Violet
4
stamp
2½d.  Black & Ultramarine

5
stamp
4d.  Black & Sepia
6
stamp
6d.  Black & Myrtle Green
7
stamp
1s.  Black & Orange
8
stamp
2s.6d.  Black & Brown
Gummed Stamps
Sheets of 30.

1 -     ½d.  Black & Yellow-Green
2 -      1d.  Black & Carmine
3 -      2d.  Black & Violet
4 -   2½d.  Black & Ultramarine
5 -      4d.  Black & Sepia
6 -      6d.  Black & Myrtle Green
7 -       1s.  Black & Orange
8 - 2s.6d.  Black & Brown

1907  STAMP ISSUES
Papua Stamps Listed by Date of Issue and Numbered on a Yearly Basis
Black & Single Colour Lakatoi: British New Guinea stamps overprinted small "Papua."
May 1907
Product List
Stamp List
1
stamp
½d.  Black & Yellow-Green
2
stamp
1d.  Black & Carmine
3
stamp
2d.  Black & Violet
4
stamp
2½d.  Black & Ultramarine

5
stamp
4d.  Black & Sepia
6
stamp
6d.  Black & Myrtle Green
7
stamp
1s.  Black & Orange
8
stamp
2s.6d.  Black & Brown
Gummed Stamps
Sheets of 30.

1 -     ½d.  Black & Yellow-Green
2 -      1d.  Black & Carmine
3 -      2d.  Black & Violet
4 -    2½d.  Black & Ultramarine
5 -      4d.  Black & Sepia
6 -      6d.  Black & Myrtle Green
7 -       1s.  Black & Orange
8 - 2s.6d.  Black & Brown
Black & Single Colour Lakatoi: Inscribed "Papua." in large text.
1907-1910: Simplified
Product List
Stamp List
9
stamp
½d.  Black & Yellow-Green
10
stamp
1d.  Black & Carmine
11
stamp
2d.  Black & Violet
12
stamp
2½d.  Black & Ultramarine

13
stamp
4d.  Black & Sepia
14
stamp
6d.  Black & Myrtle Green
15
stamp
1s.  Black & Orange
16
stamp
2s.6d.  Black & Brown
Gummed Stamps
Sheets of 40.
  9 -     ½d.  Black & Yellow-Green
10 -      1d.  Black & Carmine
11 -      2d.  Black & Violet
12 -   2½d.  Black & Ultramarine
13 -      4d.  Black & Sepia
14 -      6d.  Black & Myrtle Green
15 -       1s.  Black & Orange
16 - 2s.6d.  Black & Brown
Black & Single Colour Lakatoi: Inscribed "Papua" in small text.
1907-1911: Simplified
Product List
Stamp List
  17
stamp
½d.  Black & Yellow-Green
18
stamp
1d.  Black & Carmine
19
stamp
2d.  Black & Violet
 

20
stamp
2½d.  Black & Ultramarine
21
stamp
4d.  Black & Sepia
22
stamp
6d.  Black & Myrtle Green
23
stamp
1s.  Black & Orange
Gummed Stamps
Sheets of 40.

17 -     ½d.  Black & Yellow-Green
18 -      1d.  Black & Carmine
19 -      2d.  Black & Violet
20 -   2½d.  Black & Ultramarine
21 -      4d.  Black & Sepia
22 -      6d.  Black & Myrtle Green
23 -       1s.  Black & Orange

1911  STAMP ISSUES
Papua Stamps Listed by Date of Issue and Numbered on a Yearly Basis
Single Colour Lakatoi
1910-1911
Product List
Stamp List
1
stamp
½d.  Yellow- Green
2
stamp
1d.  Rose-Pink
3
stamp
2d.  Bright Mauve
4
stamp
2½d.  Bright Ultramarine

5
stamp
4d.  Pale Olive-Green
6
stamp
6d.  Orange-Brown
7
stamp
1s.  Yellow
8
stamp
2s.6d.  Rose Carmine
Gummed Stamps
Sheets of 40.

1 -     ½d.  Yellow- Green
2 -      1d.  Rose-Pink
3 -      2d.  Bright Mauve
4 -   2½d.  Bright Ultramarine
5 -      4d.  Pale Olive-Green
6 -      6d.  Orange-Brown
7 -      1s.  Yellow
8 - 2s.6d.  Rose Carmine

1916  STAMP ISSUES
Papua Stamps Listed by Date of Issue and Numbered on a Yearly Basis
Two Colour Lakatoi
1916-1931: Simplified
Product List
Stamp List
    1
stamp
½d.  Green & Olive
  2
stamp
1d.  Black & Red
 

 3
stamp
1½d.  Grey-Blue & Brown
4
stamp
2d.  Brown & Purple
  5
stamp
2½d.  Green & Ultramarine

  6
stamp
3d.  Black & Green
  7
stamp
4d.  Brown & Orange
  8
stamp
5d.  Bluish Slate & Brown
  9
stamp
6d.  Dull Purple & Pale Purple

10
stamp
1s.  Brown & Olive
11
stamp
1s.6d.  Claret & Pink
12
stamp
5s.  Black & Ultramarine
13
stamp
10s.  Green & Ultramarine
Gummed Stamps
Sheets of 40.

  1 -     ½d.  Green & Olive
  2 -      1d.  Black & Red
  3 -   1½d.  Grey-Blue & Brown
  4 -      2d.  Brown & Brown-Lake
  5 -   2½d.  Green & Ultramarine
  6 -      3d.  Black & Blue-Green
  7 -      4d.  Brown & Orange
  8 -      5d.  Bluish Slate & Brown
  9  -     6d.  Dull Purple & Pale Purple
10 -      1s.  Brown & Olive
11 - 1s.6d.  Claret & Pink
12 -       5s.  Black & Ultramarine Green
13 -     10s.  Green & Ultramarine

1917  STAMP ISSUES
Papua Stamps Listed by Date of Issue and Numbered on a Yearly Basis
One Colour Lakatoi Surcharges: "ONE PENNY"
October 1917
Product List
Stamp List
1
stamp
1d. on ½d. Yellow-Green
2
stamp
1d. on 2d. Bright Mauve
3
stamp
1d. on 2½d. Ultramarine

4
stamp
1d. on 4d. Pale Olive-Green
5
stamp
1d. on 6d. Orange-Brown
6
stamp
1d. on 2s.6d. Rose-Carmine
Gummed Stamps
Sheets of 40.

1 - 1d. on ½d. Yellow-Green
2 - 1d. on 2d. Bright Mauve
3 - 1d. on 2½d. Ultramarine
4 - 1d. on 4d. Pale Olive-Green
5 - 1d. on 6d. Orange-Brown
6 - 1d. on 2s.6p. Rose-Carmine

1929  STAMP ISSUES
Papua Stamps Listed by Date of Issue and Numbered on a Yearly Basis
Two Colour Lakatoi Air Mail Overprints: "AIR MAIL"
1929-1930:  Various printings
Product List
Stamp List
1
stamp
3d. Black & Blue-Green
Gummed Stamps
Sheets of 40.

1 - 3d.  Black & Blue-Green


1930  STAMP ISSUES
Papua Stamps Listed by Date of Issue and Numbered on a Yearly Basis
Two Colour Lakatoi Air Mail Overprints: Red "mono-plane" image with "AIRMAIL" across wings
15 September 1930
Product List
Stamp List
1
stamp
3d. Black & Blue-Green
2
stamp
6d. Dull Purple & Red-Purple
3
stamp
1s. Brown & Yellow-Olive
Gummed Stamps
Sheets of 40.

1 - 3d.  Black & Blue-Green
2 - 6d.  Dull Purple & Red-Purple
3 -  1s.  Brown & Yellow-Olive

1931  STAMP ISSUES
Papua Stamps Listed by Date of Issue and Numbered on a Yearly Basis
Two Colour Lakatoi Surcharges: Small typeface "TWO PENCE"
1 January 1931: Various printings
Product List
Stamp List
1
stamp
2d. on  1½d. Cobalt-Blue & Brown
Gummed Stamps
Sheets of 40. View

1 - 2d. on  1½d. Cobalt-Blue & Brown

Two Colour Lakatoi  Surcharges: Larger typeface with "number value" and "written value"
1 January 1931: Various printings
Product List
Stamp List
2
stamp
5d. on  1s. Brown & Yellow-Olive
3
stamp
9d. on  2s.6d. Maroon & Pink
4
stamp
1s.3d. on  5s. Black & Deep-Green
Gummed Stamps
Sheets of 40.

2 -      5d. on  1s. Brown & Yellow-Olive
3 -      9d. on  2s.6d. Maroon & Pink
4 - 1s.3d. on  5s. Black & Deep-Green
Two Colour Lakatoi Official Stamps: Overprinted wide "O  S"
29 July 1931: Simplified
Product List
Stamp List
5
stamp
½d.  Green & Olive
6
stamp
1d.  Black & Red
7
stamp
1½d.  Blue & Brown
8
stamp
2d.  Brown & Red

9
stamp
3d.  Black & Blue-Green
10
stamp
4d.  Brown & Orange
11
stamp
5d.  Grey & Brown
12
stamp
6d.  Dull & Pale Purple

13
stamp
9d.  Lilac & Violet
14
stamp
1s.   Brown & Olive
15
stamp
1s.3d.  Lilac & Blue
16
stamp
2s.6d.  Maroon & Pink
Gummed Stamps
Sheets of 40.

  5 -     ½d.  Green & Olive
  6 -      1d.  Black & Red
  7 -   1½d.  Blue & Brown
  8 -      2d.  Brown & Red
  9 -      3d.  Black & Blue-Green
10 -      4d.  Brown & Orange
11 -      5d.  Grey & Brown
12  -     6d.  Dull & Pale Purple
13  -     9d.  Lilac & Violet
14 -      1s.   Brown & Olive
15 - 1s.3d.  Lilac & Blue
16 - 2s.6d.  Maroon & Pink 

1932  STAMP ISSUES
Papua Stamps Listed by Date of Issue and Numbered on a Yearly Basis
Two Colour Lakatoi: Additional Values
1932
Product List
Stamp List
  1
stamp
9d.  Lilac & Violet
2
stamp
1s.3d.  Lilac & Greenish Blue
 
Gummed Stamps
Sheets of 40.

1 -      9d.  Lilac & Violet
2 - 1s.3d.  Lilac & Greenish Blue
Pictorial Definitives
14 November 1932
Product List
Stamp List
  3
stamp
½d.  Motuan Girl
  4
stamp
1d.  Chieftain's Son
  5
stamp
1½d.  Tree Houses
  6
stamp
2d.  Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise

  7
stamp
3d.  Papuan Dandy
  8
stamp
4d.  Native Mother & Child
  9
stamp
5d.  Masked Dancer
10
stamp
6d.  Papuan Motherhood

11
stamp
9c.  Papuan Shooting Fish
12
stamp
1s.  Ceremonial Platform
13
stamp
1s.3d.  Lakatoi Trading Boat
14
stamp
2s.  Papuan Art

15
stamp
2s.6d.  Pottery Making
16
stamp
5s.  Native Policeman
17
stamp
10s.  Lighting a Fire
18
stamp
£1.  Delta House
Gummed Stamps
Sheets of 40.

  3 -     ½d.  Motuan Girl
  4 -      1d.  Chieftain's Son
  5 -   1½d.  Tree Houses
  6 -      2d.  Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise
  7 -      3d.  Papuan Dandy
  8 -      4d.  Native Mother & Child
  9 -      5d.  Masked Dancer
10 -      6d.  Papuan Motherhood
11 -       9c.  Papuan Shooting Fish
12 -       1s.  Ceremonial Platform
13 - 1s.3d.  Lakatoi Trading Boat
14 -       2s.  Papuan Art
15 - 2s.6d.  Pottery Making
16 -       5s.  Native Policeman
17 -     10s.  Lighting a Fire
18 -       £1.  Delta House

1934  STAMP ISSUES
Papua Stamps Listed by Date of Issue and Numbered on a Yearly Basis
50th Anniversary of British Protectorate
6 November 1934
Product List
Stamp List
1
stamp
1d.  Hoisting the Union Jack
2
stamp
2d.  H.M.S. Nelson
3
stamp
3d.  Hoisting the Union Jack
4
stamp
5d.  H.M.S. Nelson
Gummed Stamps
Sheets of 40.

1 - 1d.  Hoisting the Union Jack
2 - 2d.  H.M.S. Nelson
3 - 3d.  Hoisting the Union Jack
4 - 5d.  H.M.S. Nelson

1935  STAMP ISSUES
Papua Stamps Listed by Date of Issue and Numbered on a Yearly Basis
His Majesty's Jubilee: Pictorial Stamps Overprinted "His Majesty's Jubilee  1910  1935"
6 July 1935
Product List
Stamp List
1
stamp
1d.  Chieftain's Son
2
stamp
2d.  Raggiana Bird of Paradise
3
stamp
3d.  Papuan Dandy
4
stamp
5d.  Masked Dancer
Gummed Stamps
Sheets of 40. View

1 - 1d.  Chieftain's Son
2 - 2d.  Raggiana Bird of Paradise
3 - 3d.  Papuan Dandy
4 - 5d.  Masked Dancer

1937  STAMP ISSUES
Papua Stamps Listed by Date of Issue and Numbered on a Yearly Basis
Coronation of King George VI
14 May 1937
Product List
Stamp List
1
stamp
1d.  KGVI / Green
2
stamp
2d.  KGVI / Scarlet
3
stamp
3d.  KGVI / Blue
4
stamp
5d.  KGVI / Purple
Gummed Stamps
Sheets of 40.
1 - 1d.  KGVI / Green
2 - 2d.  KGVI / Scarlet
3 - 3d.  KGVI / Blue
4 - 5d.  KGVI / Purple

1938  STAMP ISSUES
Papua Stamps Listed by Date of Issue and Numbered on a Yearly Basis
50th Anniversary of Declaration of British Protectorate: View of Port Moresby Harbour
6 September 1938
Product List
Stamp List
  1
stamp
2d.  Rose-Red
2
stamp
3d.  Bright Blue
 

3
stamp
5d.  Green
4
stamp
8d.  Brown-Lake
5
stamp
1s.  Mauve
Gummed Stamps
Sheets of ??

1 - 2d.  Rose-Red
2 - 3d.  Bright Blue
3 - 5d.  Green
4 - 8d.  Brown-Lake
5 -  1s.  Mauve

1939  STAMP ISSUES
Papua Stamps Listed by Date of Issue and Numbered on a Yearly Basis
Air Mail Stamps: Natives Poling Canoes
6 September 1939
Product List
Stamp List
  1
stamp
2d.  Red
2
stamp
3d.  Bright Blue
 

3
stamp
5d.  Green
4
stamp
8d.  Brown-Lake
5
stamp
1s.  Mauve
Gummed Stamps
Sheets of ??

1 -      2d.  Rose-Red
2 -      3d.  Bright Blue
3 -      5d.  Green
4 -      8d.  Brown-Lake
5 -       1s.  Mauve


1941  STAMP ISSUES
Papua Stamps Listed by Date of Issue and Numbered on a Yearly Basis
Air Mail Stamps: Additional Value
2 January 1941
Product List
Stamp List
1
stamp
1s.6d.  Olive-Green
Gummed Stamps
Sheets of ??

1 - 1s.6d.  Olive-Green

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