There has been interest in Lord Howe Island from philatelists for over a century.

Housed at the Museum is the world’s largest collection of stamps and related materials depicting Lord Howe Island.

Many philatelists have sent letters and postcards to be stamped with the Lord Howe Island Post Office postmark. Also, there have been a number of commemorative envelopes and stamps depicting Lord Howe Island.

In 2003 the Museum purchased the world’s largest single collection of Lord Howe Island philatelic material from collector Bill Mayo.

A highlight of this collection is the Lord Howe Island 1920 provisional stamp – an Australian penny-halfpenny stamp overwritten to two pence by the then Post Master Stan Fenton Snr.

John Borthwick


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