Friday, 17 April 2015

Stamps with Thermochromic Ink Printing - Update

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Subcategory - Stamps with Thermochromic Ink Printing

New Zealand 2006 Gold Rush Era Souvenir sheet with Stamp printed with Thermochromic Ink




Issue date 6 September 2006

New Zealand Post issued a Souvenir Sheet commemorating the Gold Rush Era with the following description

Gold rush – gold panning c1880s - 45c
Printed with a thermochromic (heat sensitive) ink which reveals gold nuggets in the pan when heat from the hand is applied to the pan area.

Gold rush – c1868, Kuranui, Thames - 90c
Gold was first discovered in Thames on 10 August 1867, by prospector William Hunt. This momentous event heralded years of affluence for the town, with gold production topping £1 million at its peak. Towards the end of the century, Thames had become New Zealand’s largest population centre, with 18,000 inhabitants and more than 100 hotels and three theatres – in contrast to today, with its population of around 7,000 and only four hotels.

Gold rush – c1900s, Tuapeka, Otago - $1.35
The Otago gold rush attracted thousands of prospectors to the province, including many Chinese miners – invited especially by the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce in an initiative that aimed to redress a recent exodus of valued labour to the newly discovered West Coast goldfields. The first Chinese immigrants arrived in 1866 from Australia, and by 1869 more than 2,000 had come to the land they would call the ‘New Gold Mountain’.

Gold rush – c1901, Roxburgh - $1.50 
Getting hard-won gold from its source to the world beyond the mine was an important matter for the miners, with security an overriding concern. Entrepreneurs like Australian Charles Cole soon recognised and seized this niche business opportunity, bringing horses and coaches into valuable service. This 1901 photograph captures the last Otago gold escort, complete with driver and his escorts: policemen and Bank of New Zealand staff.

Gold rush – c1900s - $2.00
Otago’s principal port, Dunedin, flourished under the influence of the gold rush. It rapidly became New Zealand’s commercial and industrial hub and a bustling hive of building activity. Manufacturing operations – notably engineering works and breweries – thrived and the population swelled, increasing from just 2,400 in 1854 to around 16,000 in 1864. Many of today’s best-known New Zealand businesses had their origins in Dunedin glorious heyday.

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