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Good start, but you've provided no sourcing/footnotes for the biographical part, just for the stamps. Do you have some sources which prove the statements re his military service, marriage, secretaryship, etc? Such sourcing is required, to ensure that readers can check the facts against the sourcing for WP:Verifiability. Fix the footnoting situation for the basic facts of his life, and this will be ready to publish. MatthewVanitas (talk) 20:45, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Gilbert Hitch was an Australian government administrative officer and graphic artist who spent his last years designing stamps for Norfolk Island.

Early life

Born in Perth, Western Australia, Hitch served with the Royal Australian Navy on the HMAS Katoomba. [1]

After completing his naval service Hitch returned to his home in Bassendean Perth where he commenced teaching studies.

Norfolk Island

Hitch moved to Norfolk Island in 1970 as the Official Secretary to the Australian appointed Governor where he served two terms from 1970 - 1974. [2]

HITCH published two books, Ghosts of Norfolk Island, and also The Pacific War of 1941-1945 and Norfolk Island.

But his most lasting legacy will be the stamps he designed for Norfolk Island.

Stamps

Stamp Issued Description
The rose window of St Barnabas Chapel[3]
25 Oct 71
The rose window of St Barnabas Chapel features on this 6c stamp. The Chapel is a memorial to Bishop Paterson and others who gave their lives for the Melanesian Mission.
25th Anniversary of the South Pacific Commission [4]
17 Jan 73
Features a map of the region with the flag of the Commission pointing to Noumea.
Definitive issue of the Historic Buildings of the 2nd Settlement [5]
75 - 77
Consists of 16 stamps featuring the elevation diagrams of historical Norfolk Island buildings.
Christmas issue 1974 [6]
18 Oct 74
The common design is of a Nativity Scene carved into mother-of-pearl, taken from a pew-end in St Barnabas Chapel, which is the most richly decorated of the five Norfolk Island churches.
Bicentenary of attainment of northernmost point of Capt Cook's voyages [7]
29 Aug 78
Two stamps. 25c showing the voyage of Cook after leaving Hawaii on map. 90c stamp depicting ship sailing through ice.
Bicentenary of the death of Capt Cook [8]
14 Feb 79
Two sets of two stamps 20c and 40c.
Aircraft Series [9]
80 - 81
The definitive issue consists of 16 stamps of aircraft that flew at Norfolk Island. Gil designed the 2c,3c,4c,5c, 15c,20c,$2,$5.
Christmas issue 1990 [10]
25 Sep 90
The children of Norfolk Island know that Santa visits the island each year with gifts.
History of Norfolk Island part 1 [11]
23 Jan 90
The first of a series of stamps commemorating the events which have shaped the destiny of the Islanders.
History of Norfolk Island part 2 [12]
11 Oct 90
This issue marks the 200th Anniversary of the births of two unusual men associated with the Island.

References

  1. Copy of Australian National Archive service record for Gilbert HITCH
  2. Norfolk Island Government hansard record
  3. Norfolk Island Stamps: 1947 - 1991 The story behind the stamp. Brisbane: Robert Brown & Associates. 1992. pp. 24. ISBN 1826730644. 
  4. Norfolk Island Stamps: 1947 - 1991 The story behind the stamp. Brisbane: Robert Brown & Associates. 1992. pp. 27. ISBN 1826730644. 
  5. Norfolk Island Stamps: 1947 - 1991 The story behind the stamp. Brisbane: Robert Brown & Associates. 1992. pp. 28. ISBN 1826730644. 
  6. Norfolk Island Stamps: 1947 - 1991 The story behind the stamp. Brisbane: Robert Brown & Associates. 1992. pp. 28. ISBN 1826730644. 
  7. Norfolk Island Stamps: 1947 - 1991 The story behind the stamp. Brisbane: Robert Brown & Associates. 1992. pp. 38. ISBN 1826730644. 
  8. Norfolk Island Stamps: 1947 - 1991 The story behind the stamp. Brisbane: Robert Brown & Associates. 1992. pp. 40. ISBN 1826730644. 
  9. Norfolk Island Stamps: 1947 - 1991 The story behind the stamp. Brisbane: Robert Brown & Associates. 1992. pp. 44. ISBN 1826730644. 
  10. Norfolk Island Stamps: 1947 - 1991 The story behind the stamp. Brisbane: Robert Brown & Associates. 1992. pp. 80. ISBN 1826730644. 
  11. Norfolk Island Stamps: 1947 - 1991 The story behind the stamp. Brisbane: Robert Brown & Associates. 1992. pp. 78. ISBN 1826730644. 
  12. Norfolk Island Stamps: 1947 - 1991 The story behind the stamp. Brisbane: Robert Brown & Associates. 1992. pp. 81. ISBN 1826730644. 

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