Queensland was the last colony to issue postage stamps, this being a result of their seperation from New South Wales in 1859. In the following year the Queensland stamps arrived from England and replaced the New South Wales stamps that were on sale. Being named after Queen Victoria it is appropriate that all of the Queensland stamps featured the Queens portrait. The "Chalon" portrait depicting a very young Queen Victoria was used for many years.

The majority of Queensland stamps were locally using engraved steel plates supplied by the London printer "Perkins Bacon". The latter stamps featuring a profile of the Queen were printed letterpress in Brisbane.