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1964 Christmas
Cat. Mint Unhinged Mint Hinged Fine Used
2½d First Christmas service, 1814 - Samuel Marsden at Rangihoua Bay, Bay of Islands 129a $0.35
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$0.45
First Day Cover - 12 October 1964 129b $4.50
... 2½d (129a)

The nativity painting theme from previous years was broken in 1964 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first Christmas service in New Zealand. In December 1814, Anglican missionary Samuel Marsden arrived from New South Wales and settled at Rangihoua Bay in The Bay of Islands. He preached the first Christian sermon on Christmas Day.

L C Mitchell was commissioned to produce an original painting from written descriptions of the ceremony. The painting and stamp depict Reverend Samuel Marsden taking the first service in New Zealand.
Bibliography

The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Volume VI
    Edited by D. E. G. Naish FRPSNZ and K. J. McNaught FRPSNZ FRPSL
    Publsihed 1975 by The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand Incorporated
    Pages 206 - 207
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