First Day Covers from the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Series, 1977
Papua New Guinea
Queen Elizabeth II 1977 Silver Jubilee postage stamps
The southeastern part of New Guinea became a British protectorate in 1884 and became known as British New Guinea. It was later renamed Papua New Guinea in 1906 when it was taken over by the Australian government. After nearly a century of outside rule, pressure for independence became intense with the victory of the Pangu party in 1972. The party's leader, Michael Somare, became Prime Minister when independence was achieved on September 16, 1975. Papua New Guinea remained a member of the British Commonwealth.
This First Day Cover was issued on March 16, 1977, in the capital of Port Moresby. The release of this special tribute to the Queen's Silver Jubilee coincided with her second visit to Papua New Guinea.