Queenstown’s Earnslaw makes its mark


Queenstown’s Lady of the Lake has been commemorated on a special postage stamp in time for centenary celebrations.

New Zealand Post has produced a $1.90 stamp for The TSS Earnslaw, highlighting her role as a passenger and freight steamship on Lake Wakatipu over the past century.

Real Journeys Director Tony McQuilkin said the commemorative stamp is an appropriate way to further recognise the Earnslaw’s significant contribution to maritime history in New Zealand ahead of her 100th birthday in October.

“We approached New Zealand Post with the concept because we saw it as a fitting way to profile the TSS Earnslaw’s centenary and we are very happy with the result. The sale of the stamp nationwide can only give her more exposure.”

The $1.90 stamp will be available in early September and special facilities are being made available on board the TSS Earnslaw for passengers to send mail directly from the ship around the world.

“We have also produced a centenary postcard featuring the TSS Earnslaw and cards and other mail will be franked to indicate that it has been posted on board,” McQuilkin says.

“We think this postmark will have a lot of appeal for visitors to Queenstown and it is something extra to heighten the awareness of the TSS Earnslaw and her grand old age.”

The TSS Earnslaw stamp is part of a NZ Post issue known as The Great Voyages of New Zealand.