Sunday Stamps – Burchell’s Zebra

Welcome, to the latest Sunday Stamps posting, and what I think is my first for 2012. I can not believe where the time disappears too.

Over the last couple of months I have been focusing a bit more on my genealogical research and it was through this that I established a link, albeit, a distant once to the well know Botanist, William John Burchell. Burchell spent a lot of time overseas, firstly to St Helena, then onto South Africa and South America. As he travelled he wrote a journal and collected specimens.  It was through the course of this research that I established that Burchell had, had a Zebra named after him. I had no idea that there were different types of Zebra.

Issued 2007
dated circa 1950

So far, I just have these two items in my Burchell Zebra collection, but I suspect that I might acquire a few more!

Submitted as Sunday Stamps hosted by Viridian’s Postcard Blog

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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11 Responses to Sunday Stamps – Burchell’s Zebra

  1. Danielle says:

    Lovely stamps. I've not received any yet from so far away or so exotic. Maybe eventually. Cool that your ancestor had a zebra species named after him!


  2. VioletSky says:

    So, in a distant way, these zebras are almost like family. I think you should go to the zoo and visit.


  3. Anglers Rest says:

    I know, I am not particularly interested in visiting Zoos, but perhaps a visit to one is in order or a safari!


  4. Anglers Rest says:

    It is lovely isn't it!


  5. Anglers Rest says:

    I think we have the misapprehension that no one travelled. They did, the wealthy, those in the military, those who took up land grants to parts of what was the Empire – New Zealand, South Africa, Australia etc or convicts!


  6. Anglers Rest says:

    Do a google search. There is a place in Hampshire called Sutton Scotney.


  7. Postcardy says:

    You made me curious about various types of zebras.


  8. I love that coloured stamp with the Zebra.


  9. Lisa B says:

    What an interesting relative to find!!!
    I am often amazed at the distant travels made by people in Victorian times.


  10. Bob Scotney says:

    What a beautiful stamp. Interesting connection – now I'm wondering whether there are any 'Scotney' stamps.


  11. viridian says:

    How interesting to find such a connection. I wonder who I am connected to.
    Thank you for participating this week!


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