Charles Connell and stamp collecting in New Brunswick
Charles Connell was a New Brunswick politician from a Loyalist family and the Postmaster General. It was in this position that, in 1861, he issued a stamp in his likeness instead of that of Queen Victoria.
Some information about New Brunswick
New Brunswick was one of the four founding provinces of Canada together with Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario. The authorities separated the province from Nova Scotia in 1784. It owes its name to King George III of England, who was also Duke of Brunswick. The Duchy of Brunswick is currently part of Lower Saxony in Germany.
The province has few inhabitants. It is 83% covered in forest. The surface area of New Brunswick is 71,300 sq. km which is about the size of Belgium and the Netherlands together. It has large lakes and nearly 2,300 km of coast line. The population is 1/3 French-speaking and 2/3 English-speaking.
The French-speaking population consists of Acadians who sought refuge during the deportations from Nova Scotia. The English-speaking population is descended from English colonists and, especially, Loyalists who left the United States after independence.
Stamp collecting in New Brunswick
The government issued new stamps in 1860 and 1863:
several Queen Victoria stamps with a face value of 2 cents (orange), 5 cents (green) and 10 cents (red) are from this period.
The 1-cent lilac stamp features a train and the 12-cent blue one has a boat.
There was also the Charles Connell stamp mentioned above.
Lastly, there was a 17-cent (black) stamp depicting Prince Edward VII.
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