Gough Island was an uninhabited island and a dependency of Tristan da Cunha. A scientific survey team was sent to the island in 1955 with the intention of staying for one year. The survey team eventually left in early 1957. A temporary post office was established soon after arrival. Most covers from Gough Island feature the date of December 14, 1955 as it seems many covers were sent to collectors on order on that date. Private mail was also sent from the island including some letters to VIPs in England. Currently Gough Island is occupied by a small team operating a weather station on the island, which sits upwind of South Africa and is critical for weather forecasting for South Africa.