In 1791 the British
navigator George Vancouver, in the Discovery, took formal possession
of the territory above King George Sound on the south coast for
In 1840, Edward John Eyre led an expedition from
Adelaide. Failing to try to reach the center of Australia. Eyre
attempted to find an overland route to Albany. . The project was
abandoned at Mt. Hopeless in the Flinders Ranges, and the party moved
down to Fowler's Bay. After two week's rest, Eyre and Wylie set out
again and reached Albany early in July.
The coast of western Australia from Albany to Adelaide
divides the stamp in half between the pictures of Vancouver and Eyre.
The stamp, issued in 1991, commemorates the two hundredth anniversary
of Vancouver’s visit to Western Australia and the one hundred and
fiftieth anniversary of Eyre’s journey to Albany, Western Australia.
Rapa, some 700 miles SSW of Tahiti, was discovered by George
Vancouver, an English navigator, explorer and cartographer, on
December 22, 1791. He also drafted the map on the souvenir sheet.
Vancouver Island, which he explored in 1792, and the city of
Vancouver, Canada were named for him.