In the first year after the separation of Queensland from New South Wales in December 1859, the new colonial government had to quickly devlop its infrastructure as well as develop a range of essential services. Amongst these was the development of a postal service and the design and issuance of postage stamps.
Queensland’s first stamps were engraved and printed by the English firm Perkins and Bacon and were first issued in November 1860. These first stamps were based on an 1838 painting of Queen Victoria by A.C. Chalin and were printed in carmine, blue and green. The corresponding values of the stamps were 1d, 2d and 6d.