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Posted 02/19/2012   11:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add William to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi All,
I have just registered and have a question. Is Rarotonga an island by itself or does it belong with the Cook Islands?
Thank you,
William
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Posted 02/20/2012   12:02 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add huckles888 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
hey there William - Rarotonga is part of the Cook Islands
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Posted 02/20/2012   09:14 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jhlovell to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi William and welcome and your question helped me learn something new. I actually had to look the island up and find out where it was. Thanks and thanks for joining up, I am sure you will have loads of fun and stampin! - Jeff
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Posted 02/20/2012   12:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BeeSee to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Up until 1888 Rarotonga was an independent Kingdom. It became a British Protectorate in 1888, along with the other islands in the northern and southern groups of the Cook Islands, due largely to fears that France might occupy the territory as it had Tahiti. Royalty continued to rule at a local level.

Stamps inscribed "Cook Islands Federation" were issued then, despite the local government being anything but a unified federation.

In 1901, Britain and New Zealand conspired to let New Zealand annex the group despite opposition from the country's traditional chiefs. As many of the islands were independent and locally ruled by kings and chiefs, they had little unity to control the events.

To make a long story short, the chief of Tongareva (Penrhyn) in the northern group, and the king of Aitutaki and environs objected the use of the issued Cook Islands stamps bearing the Queen of Rarotonga, as she had no rule over those islands.

As a result, in 1919, Cook Island stamps were replaced by New Zealand stamps overprinted for use in Rarotonga, Aitutaki and Penrhyn, followed by regular stamps inscribed with the same names.

By 1932 stamps inscribed Cook islands were once again used throughout the territory and continue as today.


Queen Makea of Rarotonga (only), NOT queen of all the Cook Islands







Edit: typos
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Edited by BeeSee - 02/21/2012 08:56 am
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Posted 02/20/2012   3:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add William to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you all for helping me figure it out
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Posted 02/20/2012   3:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BeeSee to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome to the forum William.

As a side note, Aitutaki and Penrhyn began to issue stamps again in the early 1970's, but these were for pure philatelic revenue, not a change in political status.
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Posted 02/20/2012   7:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Nice thread..great information and scans
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Posted 02/20/2012   8:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BeeSee to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Rarotonga overprinted pair, broken "a" in "Raro" on left stamp.

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Edited by BeeSee - 02/20/2012 8:57 pm
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Posted 02/21/2012   09:11 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BeeSee to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Cook Islands #48 block of 8. (Rarotonga overprint). It really should be Rarotonga #1, but for some reason Scott includes Rarotonga with the Cook Islands listings, yet gives Aitutaki and Penryhn there own listings.

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Edited by BeeSee - 02/21/2012 09:13 am
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Posted 07/19/2012   7:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BeeSee to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
RAROTONGA once again is issuing it's own stamps:

http://www.cookislandsstampbureau.c...issues3.html



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Edited by BeeSee - 07/19/2012 7:30 pm
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