Timeline of stamp issuing entities of British South Africa and connected areas

Cape of Good Hope 1853–1904
Natal 1857–1909
Orange Free State, Orange River Colony 1868–1909
Transvaal 1869–1907
Griqualand West 1874–1879
Stellaland 1884
Bechuanaland Protectorate 1885–1966
Nieuwe Republiek 1886–1887
Zululand 1888–1896
Swaziland [Transvaal Administration] 1889–1892
British Occupation Issues During the Boer War 1899–1902
Vryburg 1900
[Siege of] Mafeking 1900
Union of South Africa 1910–1961
Basutoland Protectorate 1933–1966
Swaziland [British Protectorate] 1933–1966
South Africa 1961–today
Botswana 1966–today
Lesotho 1966–today
Swaziland 1967–today
Transkei 1976–1994
Bophuthatswana 1977–1994
Venda 1979–1994
Ciskei 1981–1994
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1870
1880
1890
1900
1910
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1930
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1960
1970
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1990
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2010
2020

Stamp issuing entities of British South Africa and connected areas

Name Issued
stamps
Bird
stamps
1853–1904 Cape of Good Hope ≈ 70
1857–1909 Natal ≈ 100
1868–1909 Orange Free State, Orange River Colony

The O.F.S. was formally annexed to the British Crown and renamed the Orange River Colony on 28 May 1900. In 1910 this colony along with Cape of Good Hope, Natal and Transvaal formed the Union of South Africa.

≈ 70
1869–1907 Transvaal ≈ 200
1874–1879 Griqualand West ≈ 20
1884 Stellaland

Stellaland was a Boer republic located in an area of Bechuanaland, west of the Transvaal.

→ see under Stellaland
1885–1966 Bechuanaland Protectorate ≈ 200 ≈ 8
1886–1887 Nieuwe Republiek ≈ 60
1888–1896 Zululand ≈ 30
1889–1892 Swaziland [Transvaal Administration] ≈ 9
1899–1902 British Occupation Issues During the Boer War ≈ 40
1900 Vryburg ≈ 4
1900 [Siege of] Mafeking ≈ 20
1910–1961 Union of South Africa ≈ 500
1933–1966 Basutoland Protectorate ≈ 100
1933–1966 Swaziland [British Protectorate]

Throughout the colonial period from 1906 to 1968, Swaziland was a British Protectorate, but the first stamp issued at 1933 only.

≈ 100
1961–today South Africa
→ see under South Africa
≈ 2 Thousand ≈ 188
1966–today Botswana
→ see under Botswana
≈ 1 Thousand ≈ 148
1966–today Lesotho
→ see under Lesotho
≈ 2 Thousand ≈ 220
1967–today Swaziland
→ see under Swaziland
≈ 700 ≈ 67
1976–1994 Transkei
→ see under South Africa
≈ 300 ≈ 26
1977–1994 Bophuthatswana
→ see under South Africa
≈ 300 ≈ 20
1979–1994 Venda
→ see under South Africa
≈ 300 ≈ 42
1981–1994 Ciskei
→ see under South Africa
≈ 300 ≈ 36

About British South Africa

Bibliography

  • Michael Smith: “An Introduction to the Postal Stationery of the Orange Free State,” Gibbons Stamp Monthly, October 2013: 142-145.

  • Nimrod [pseud.], “Stamp Hunting: Nimrod suggests some stamps worth looking for Basutoland,” Gibbons Stamp Monthly, Aug 2014: 97.

  • Alan Drysdall, Fernando Torres, “Railway Perfins of Transvaal and Orange River Colony,“ Gibbons Stamp Monthly, June 2016: 78-82.