30 October 2020
Issue date: 30-October-2020*
Issue withdrawal date: 31-December-2021
Denomination: 65c x 1, $2.20 x 1
Stamp design: Sonia Kretshmar
Product design: Sonia Young, Australia Post Design Studio
Paper: gummed – Tullis Russell
Paper: self-adhesive (sheetlet of 5) – Arconvert Securpost
Paper: self-adhesive (sheetlet of 10) – Raflatac Cast SP34
Printer: RA Printing
Printing process: Offset lithography (Sheetlet – Inkjet with cold foil)
Printer (sheetlet): Rapid Labels
Stamp size (mm): 37.5 x 26
Minisheet size (mm): 135 x 80
Sheetlet size (mm): 192 x 120
Perforations: 13.86 x 14.6
Sheet layout: Module of 50
FDI Postmark: Christmas Island WA 6798
FDI withdrawal date: 31-January-2021
Located some 2,600 kilometres north-west of Perth, in the Indian Ocean, Christmas Island was named by Captain William Mynors, who sailed past it on Christmas Day 1643.
Australia Post has produced stamps for Christmas Island since 1993. This light-hearted Christmas stamp series features Santa Claus interacting with various personified island fauna.
This year, Sonia Kretschmar has created a whimsical scene set under a fig tree in the Christmas Island Dales. Santa is conducting a carol-singing choir of island birds, renowned for their distinctive calls, while Rudolph leads a band of local percussionists. In the broader minisheet scene is a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, with a Christmas Island Emerald Dove perched on top, and endemic butterflies are dancing overhead.
*The on-sale date for international-rate Christmas stamps was 1 October 2020. This is to help ensure that our customers’ international Christmas mail reaches its intended destination on time, in light of the impacts of COVID-19 on worldwide mail delivery.
65c – Santa Conducts the Choir
This stamp shows Santa conducting a festive carol-singing choir of island birds. In the soprano line is a Hawk Owl duet, a Christmas Island Goshawk, a Christmas Island Thrush and a White-tailed Tropicbird, who has flown out front to perform a solo. A Christmas Island Frigatebird and some Red-footed Boobies and Common Noddies are joyfully singing the bass line.