Martha Black
Date of issue of stamp: September 26, 1997
Designed by :  Kosta (Gus) Tsetsekas and based on a illustration by Steve Hepburn

The stamp shows a portrait of a mature Martha Black.


1,875,000 copies of the stamp were printed by Canadian Bank Note Co.

© Canada Post Corporation
Reproduced with permission
Martha Louise Black. (née Munger) Born Chicago, Illinois 1866.  Died October 31, 1957. One of Canada's more colourful characters she joined the search for gold by hiking the famed Chilkoot Pass in the Yukon Gold Rush of 1898!  She gave birth to her first child alone in a log cabin. In order to survive she raised money to purchase a saw mill and bossed 16 men on a mining claim. She became the First Lady of the Yukon when her second husband, George Black, was Commissioner. She received the Order of the British Empire in 1946 for her cultural and social contributions to the Yukon.  At the age of 70 she won an election for a seat in the Canadian Parliament!