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  • The First Resident Community on Tristan da Cunha
    Details of the first resident community on Tristan da Cunha after the British military garrison withdrew in 1817.
  • Testing Early Days for Tristan da Cunha
    Community founder William Glass, died of cancer in 1853 and the isolation of the island increased due to the opening of the Suez Canal and the increasing use of steam ships in the Atlantic.
  • 1885 Tristan da Cunha Lifeboat Tragedy & Impact of WW1
    15 of Tristan's men were lost trying to reach the passing ship West Riding on Nov 28th 1885, a devastating blow for the Tristan community. The annual supply ship stopped in WW1 and it is said TdC had no incoming mail for 10 years until July 1919.
  • WW2 and Tristan da Cunha is HMS Atlantic Isle
    HMS Atlantic Isle monitored & reported enemy naval movements and weather. It is a matter of conjecture that it also operated as an intercept station for Enigma communications in the south Atlantic area for Bletchley Park.
  • Post War Tristan da Cunha - Gone Fishing!
    Tristan da Cunha was experiencing a bit of an economic boom thanks largely to crawfish fishing and canning. In 1955 agreement was reached with South Africa to operate a weather station on Gough island.
  • Tristan da Cunha Eruption & Evacuation 1961
    The islanders were accommodated at Pendell Camp in Surrey before moving to RAF Calshot near Southampton. The islanders took to UK life well. Children attended school and adults got work with local businesses, there were issues with petty crime and flu viruses.
  • Tristan da Cunha Today
    Today the island earns income to fund imports and services from Tristan da Cunha crawfish and the sale of their popular postage stamps and coins to enthusiastic collectors worldwide.
  • The Founding Names of Tristan da Cunha
    The population of Tristan da Cunha is rather unique for having a well documented genealogy going back to the original settlers in the early 19th century.
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  • Tristan da Cunha Mint & Used Stamps
    Tristan da Cunha only started to issue its own stamps early in the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Today they are keenly collected and can be purchased by airmail order direct from the Post Office on Tristan da Cunha.
  • Tristan da Cunha FDCs
    Browse a gallery of first day covers issued by Tristan da Cunha and available to collectors.
  • Tristan da Cunha Postal History
    Tristan da Cunha only began to issue stamps in 1952. Until then they used various rubber stamped cachets and stamps from other countries. Some f this postal history is now very rare and very valuable.
  • Gough Island Survey 1955-1956 Covers
    In 1955 to 1956 a Cambridge organised scientific survey of Gough Island took place. Thousands of philatelic covers were posted by the exped in addition to several posted by survey party members to family and friends.
  • Tristan da Cunha Birds on Stamps
    Not many places can issue stamps like Tristan da Cunha does that feature birds only found on their archipelago such as the Inaccessible Island Rail and Tristan Albatross.
  • William Glass Stamps & Covers
    Tristan da Cunha's founding father, William Glass, was born in Kelso, Scotland 11th May 1786. He was actually named William Glasgow but changed to Glass on enlistment as a Royal Artillery gun driver.
  • Tristan da Cunha Postcards
    Tristan da Cunha postcards are not produced very often or in any great quantities so they are worth grabbing for your collection when the opportunity comes along.
  • TdC QSL Cards
    QSL card collectors look out for rare older use, remote locations or temporary bases and thematic collectors like relevant QSL cards too. This creates a healthy demand for QSL cards used on Tristan da Cunha and they're often hard to find.
  • Tristan da Cunha Coins & Banknotes
    View a gallery of coins and banknotes issued by Tristan da Cunha.
  • Tristan da Cunha Books & Publications
    If your appetite for the amazing story of Tristan da Cunha has been stoked then this page offers a gallery of books and publications about the island and its people.