Stamps of Papua and New Guinea

This is a work in progress. I am collecting the stamps of Papua and New Guinea. The information I need is scattered through a number of reference books, and it got irritating to flick through the different books, so I decided to collect the information into one source to help me with the collection. And then I decided to add scans of the stamps to these pages so it's like my virtual stamp collection.

New Guinea Papua West New Guinea

First World War

  • Australian Occupation of German New Guinea (1914)
  • German New Guinea issues overprinted GRI (1914)
  • German New Guinea registration labels overprinted GRI (1914)
  • Marshall Islands issues overprinted GRI (1915)


  • Australian stamps overprinted NWPI (1915-1925)
  • Territory of New Guinea (1925-1942)
  • Queensland stamps in British New Guinea (1885-1901)
  • British New Guinea (1901-1906)
  • British New Guinea stamps overprinted Papua (1906-1907)
  • Papua (1907-1942)
  • Dutch Indies (1864-1946)
Second World War
  • Australian stamps used at Military and Field Post Offices (1942-1945)
  • Australian stamps used at civilian post offices (1945-1953)
  • Japanese stamps used at Military Post Offices (1942-?)
  • Stamps of New Guinea overprinted by Japanese occupation forces (1942-1943)
Papua and New Guinea
  • Papua and New Guinea Pre-Decimal (1952-1965)
  • Papua and New Guinea Decimal (1966- )
West Irian
  • Dutch New Guinea (1950-1962)
  • West New Guinea - UNTEA (1962)
  • West Irian - Irian Barat (1963-1968)

Reference materials

  • Australasian Stamp Catalogue Colour Edition, Stamp Publications Pty Ltd, 1978
  • Australasian Stamp Catalogue 28th Edition, Seven Seas Stamps Ltd, 1999
  • Billig's Philatelic Handbook Volume 21, Fritz Billig, 1954
    • The Forerunners of British New Guinea, Temple Clayton
  • Billig's Philatelic Handbook Volume 25, Fritz Billig, 1956
    • The Stamps of the North West Pacific Islands, William H Buckley
  • Billig's Philatelic Handbook Volume 42, Fritz Billig, 1961
    • The Australian Dependencies - New Guinea and Papua
  • Der Briefmarken von Niederlandisch-Neuguinea, Drs. Roel H Houwink, Schriftenreihe, 1963
  • Franklin's Guide to the Stamps of Papua & New Guinea, Mark Franklin, AH & AW Reed, 1970
  • The German Colonial Empire 1884-1919, WO Henderson, Frank Cass and Co Ltd, 1993
  • Germany and Its Colonies, Bertram WH Poole, Mekeel Severn Wylie Co, ?
  • Papua New Guinea Decimal Stamps 1966-1982 - The Story Behind the Stamp, James Brown, James Bentley and Associates, 1982
  • The Postal History of British New Guinea and Papua 1995 - 1942, Roger Lee, Robson Lowe Ltd, 1983
  • Scott's Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, Scott Publications, 1970
  • Speciale Catalogus, Stamps of the Netherlands, 51st Edition, 1992
  • Speciale Catalogus, Stamps of the Netherlands, 54th Edition, 1995
  • Stanley Gibbons Commonwealth Two Reigns Stamp Catalogue Western Pacific 1st Edition, Stanley Gibbons Publications Ltd, 1986
  • Stamps of Papua, Alec A Rosenblum, Horticultural Press Pty Ltd, ?