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Memento : Issue 20
Treasure Island 12 heavily on it for their superphosphate , especially during the 1950s and 1960s. But another unusual expor t comes from its Philatelic Bureau. Christmas Island's picturesque stamps have featured many island themes over the years, along with the more traditional Christmas and Chinese New Year themes. These records are now undergoing conser vation and preser vation treat- ment, and will soon be available in the Per th reading room. And you won't need a map to find these precious gems --- just use RecordSearch on our website to star t digging. Treasure Island Captured between unassuming file covers are some of the jewels of the stamp world... Picnic on Christmas Island, 1924. memento may 2002 NAA: K733, vol. 1 ur Treasure Island has nothing to do with Rober t Louis Stevenson. It doesn't have extensive, incredibly white expanses of sandy beaches where treasure is typically buried. In fact, the coastline is awesomely r ugged. Never theless we discovered treasure on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean last September while providing recordkeeping training to the staff of the Christmas Island Administration. Christmas Island has of cour se recently become familiar to Australians for its role concerning refugees. The island has a longer history, based on the mining and expor t of phosphate for fer tiliser. By the 1970s around 30 per cent of the island was being mined and the expor ted phosphate had found its way to many countries around the world. Australian farmer s relied The stamps are highly sought after by collectors worldwide . First issued in 1958 and originally available only on Christmas Island, the stamps have been produced by Australia Post since the early 1990s. The treasure we found was buried in boxes containing years of accumulated records, including those of the Christmas Island Philatelic Bureau. Captured between unassuming file cover s are some of the jewels of the stamp world --- The Twelve Days of Christmas, Ships, Fish, Birds, the Phosphate series, the International Year of the Child, the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee issue and other s. Our treasure trove included original ar twork, bromides, negatives, first day covers, and documents recording the processes of designing and producing these gems of the philatelic world. A rare find indeed. BURIED BOXES ON O