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First Day Covers from the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Series, 1977

Pitcairn Island

Queen Elizabeth II 1977 Silver Jubilee postage stamps

    Pitcairn Island was discovered by the English navigator Philip Carteret in 1767, but nobody lived there until 1790. In that year nine mutineers from the British ship Bounty landed on the island. They brought with them six men and twelve women who were natives of Tahiti. Because the proportion of men to women was unequal, there was vicious fighting among the colonists. After several years, all fifteen men were dead except the English mutineer John Adams. Pitcairn remains one of the most remote islands in the South Pacific Ocean, located just south of the Tropic of Capricorn and almost 5,000 miles east of Australia. The uninhabited islands of Oeno, Henderson, and Ducie are also administered as part of the Pitcairn district.

    This First Day Cover in honour of their Queen's Silver Jubilee was issued by Pitcairn Island in Adamstown, the island's only village, on February 6, 1977.

Pitcairn Island First Day Cover from the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Series, 1977