Australia Strait Settlement Torres Stamps
In 1879, the Illustriertes Briefmarken Journal reported a series of stamps purporting to be issued for a service between Singapore and Australia, via the Torres Straits.
The inscriptions read AUSTRALIA. STRAIT SETTLEMENT. TORRES and the values. In the centre are two mountains, the front mountain bearing a pole and a huge Union Jack flag – almost as big as the mountain itself.
The stamps are lithographed on white wove paper, perforated 11. Six values are recorded: 2¢ (brown), 4¢ (blue), 8¢ (orange), 16¢ (green), 24¢ (violet) and 36¢ (carmine).
These Australia Strait Settlement Torres stamps, although a classic bogus or Cinderella stamps, remain collectible among the Malaya and Australia enthusiasts.
A set of six stamps may even be auctioned in some big auction houses such as Grosvenor Auctions which listed them under the ex-Jim Czyl collection with estimate value of £150-200. Even in eBay they are not easy and cheap to acquire.
For those unfamiliar with Australia geography (as do I), Torres Strait is a strait that lies between Australia and the Melanesian island of New Guinea.