|| First Christmas service, 1814 - Samuel Marsden at Rangihoua Bay, Bay of Islands
|| First Day Cover - 12 October 1964
|... 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.
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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.
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