First Day Covers from the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Series, 1977
Tristan da Cunha
Queen Elizabeth II 1977 Silver Jubilee postage stamps
Tristan da Cunha is a group of volcanic islands in the South Atlantic
midway between South Africa and South America. The only inhabitable island of the group is Tristan da Cunha itself. The other islands are Cough, Nightingale. and Inaccessible, the last being the home of the flightless rail, an almost extinct bird. The island group was discovered by the Portuguese in 1506 and was visited by whalers, seal hunters, and explorers. In 1816 it was annexed by Great Britain, and in 1938 it became a dependency of the colony of St. Helena. Queen Mary's Peak, a volcano on Tristan da Cunha, long dormant, erupted suddenly in 1961. The small population was evacuated and transported to England, where their curious nineteenth century speech was studied by linguists. In 1962, however, the islanders announced their displeasure with the glitter and gadgetry of England, and elected to return home despite the threat of another possible eruption.
This First Day Cover honouring the Queen's Silver Jubilee was issued at Tristan da Cunha on February 7, 1977.