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The various colonies that joined to form the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901 (New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia) had long operated their own postal systems; At federation the Commonwealth was granted the power to operate a central postal system through Section 51(v) of the Australian Constitution. Although unification of systems was expected to occur quickly, and a federal postmaster general was appointed, the process was delayed for several years; the stamps of each colony were not recognized by other colonies until 1910, and postal rates only became uniform throughout Australia on 1 May 1911. The Postmaster-General's department eventually became Australia Post in the 1970s.
Centenary of Australian Stamps
Inside #229: Victoria Type A1O (B)
The History of stamps in
1950 ANPEX PHILATELIC EXHIBIT
New South Wales was the first part of Australia to be settled by Europeans,
and the first to operate a postal service, which in 1803 was carrying letters
between Sydney and Parramatta for a 2d charge. In
The postmaster of the time, James Raymond, was in communication with
Rowland Hill in
In 1842 regular mail service was carried by steamer between Melbourne
and Sydney, and the first mail packet from
In 1851 the colony switched to a more conventional design, a profile of
Tasmania Stamp centenary
Scott: #412-7 (B) Issued: 14.2.1966
Definitive for Change to Decimal Currency, Like
Scott: #597P, #598P
National Stamp Week Promotion
Inside #597-8: Stamp on Envelope
National Stamp Week
Although one-penny postcards and lettercards appeared in 1911, for most students of the area, Australian philately proper begins in early 1913 with the “Kangaroo and Map” series of stamps, featuring a kangaroo standing on a map of Australia, and inscribed "AUSTRALIA POSTAGE".
The first issue of the series consisted of 15 values ranging from a half penny to two pounds. The watermark was the first of several variations on the "A surmounted by a crown" theme, in this case the "wide crown and wide A". Kangaroo and Map stamps were reprinted several times: in 1915 with first the "wide crown and narrow A" watermark, then the "narrow crown and narrow A"; in 1929 with the "multiple small crown and A" watermark, and higher values in two colors; in 1932 with the "multiple small crown and C of A" watermark. In December 1945 the series ended with a redrawn two-shilling stamp. Most of the Kangaroo and Map stamps are readily available today, although values of 5 shillings and up are expensive.
National Stamp Week
Inside #720: Stamp on Envelope
Australia 1980 Sydpex 80 Stamp Exhibition 22c postal stationery envelope
First Day of Issue cancel for 29.09.1980P
National Philatelic Exhibition cancel for 29.09.1980O
National Philatelic Exhibition cancel for 30.09.1980P
Inside: New South Wales Type #A1
50th Anniversary, First Official Airmail Flight, U.K./Australia
(Thanks to Lou Guadagno)
National Stamp Week
ANPEX 82 – Official Opening cancel for 12.10.1982P
Inside Queensland #78O
National Stamp Week
Inside #869: Pseudo Stamp
50th Anniversary of Official Airmail Service
Inside #891: Australia #142P
Inside #891: Australia #C3O
175th Anniversary of Postal Service in
Inside: South Australia #27O
Living Together Cartoons
Inside #1063: Pseudo Stamp
150th Anniversary, Penny Black
These 4 pence blue stamps from the colony of
The 4d stamps were first produced by Horace Samson in
Scott: #1180h with Stamp World London 90 logo in upper right hand cornerO
Inside: Stamp on envelope (in logo)
Thanks to Lloyd Gilbert
(Thanks to Kathy Sulzner)
Queen Elizabeth II 66th Birthday
Inside #???? (In margin): Pseudo Stamp in logo
World War II Prime Ministers
Inside #1380 (in Background):
Scott: #1456-8P (B)
50th Anniversary, End of World War II
Inside #1456-8: Australia #200-2P
70th Birthday, Queen Elizabeth II
Inside #1595: Australia #279O (Design Component: bust only)
Thanks to Lou Guadagno
1997 Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II
Crown's role can be seen in numerous places within Australian life. For
instance, the Queen is ceremonial head of the Australian honours
system. As such, only she can approve the creation of an honour,
which she does as requested by government of
Elizabeth's birthday is April 26, however since 1953 the official birthday of
Australia's Monarch has been a national holiday known as the Queen's Birthday,
normally the second Monday in June in all states and territories except Western
Australia where it is set each year by vice-regal proclamation, though this is
usually the last Monday of September or first Monday of October. It is on this
day that the "Queen's Birthday Honours
List", which outlines the newly inducted members of the Order of
Queen is a regular visitor to
The Queen's image remains on Australian coins, some currency and postage stamps. Her portrait is still found in some government buildings, military installations, schools, and Australian embassies abroad. Crowns are also visible on police forces badges, military badges, and some state coats of arms.
the Queen, the Governor-General, nor any governor has any religious role in
Issued: 19.3.1999, Australia '99
Inside #1727a-c, #1728a-c:
Inside #1733: Australia #1692P
Lou wrote: Many issues where a stamp is not primary to the design do not get picked up on and publicized by new issue dealers as stamps on stamps, so they get bypassed as such, until they are stumbled upon, like this Australia stamp of 1999. It is also possible that a butterfly on stamp collector, or doubly so, a butterfly on stamp on stamp collector would miss this one too!
Several years after this issue came out, I saw by chance on an online scan of the set, that there appeared to be a stamp on an envelope on one value of the six designs created for the Australia "Personal Greetings--With Love" stamps of September 1, 1999 (Sc #1773-78). In a further search, Tho printed in very soft pastel colors, I found a better scan and saw that the stamp (Sc # 1776), appeared to be of a butterfly with background colors of yellow and blue, so I decided to try and identify it. Australia has issued a great many stamps with native butterflies, but scanning thru the issues, I found a match - Australia #1692, issued September 3, 1998. This stamp has a vertical format, but the designer had the "mailer" attach the stamp horizontally to the envelope.
As has happened many times after I did one of these searches, I later came across a scan of an Australian picture postalcard with an enlargement of the stamp design which showed the butterfly stamp more clearly, and would have speeded up my ID if I had seen it originally. Better late than never, it made a nice addition to my page for the issue. Later still, I added a fdc of the full set.
Thanks to Lou Guadagno
Australia Post sheetlet of 8 holographic stamps (Sc. #1798 – non SOS) with images of Australia #94 & #1081 in selvedge that commemorated the opening of the Parliament Buildings in Canberra in 1927 & 1988 respectively.
This sheetlet was
issued for the 2000
Thanks to Lloyd Gilbert
Stamp Show 2000 Exhibition
Inside #1836b - In margin of sheet (in show logo) :G.B. #1
Stamps from the Archive
Inside #2284-5: Australia #129P
Treasures from the Archives
Thanks to Komlóssy Zoltán and Richelmi Plinio
70th Anniversary of the 1st National Philatelic Exhibition in South Australia
Scott: #2583O & #2585P
Scott: #2763-7 (Self adhesive stamps)O
Scott: #2768-70 (Self adhesive stamps with personalized photo at right)O
50th Anniversary Australian Christmas Stamps
Inside #2758, #2763, #2768: Australia #669P
Inside #2759, #2764, #2769: Australia #1195P
Inside #2760, #2765: Australia #1567P
Inside #2761, #2766: Australia A101P (pic of #306)
Inside #2762, #2767, #2770:
The first Christmas stamp was issued by Australia Post in 1957.
Five classic Australian Christmas stamp designs have been selected for the 50 Years of Christmas stamp issue. They each portray the artistic style, social mood and cultural values of the time and invite us to celebrate memories of the past five decades of Christmas stamps.
The 1957 Christmas stamp depicts a figure of a small kneeling child from the painting of The Infant Samuel 1776 by the English artist Sir Joshua Reynolds (50c stamp), the 1977 stamp portrays the image an the ‘Surfing Santa’ (45c stamp), the 1984 Christmas stamp is a detail of the Madonna and Child from a stained glass window made in 1938 for St.Bartholomew’s Church of England ($1.10 stamp). The 1990 stamp shifts the place of the Nativity from its traditional scene to the Australian bushland and depicts the baby Jesus surrounded by native koala and kangaroo (45c stamp) and the 1996 Christmas stamp illustrates a more traditional Christmas story with Madonna and Child (45c stamp).
Lou wrote: In addition to the varied 50 Years of Christmas Stamps issues of 2007, Australia added an aerogramme on November 1, 2007, reproducing the design of Sc # 2761 with inscription and value deleted. A vertical panel was added at the left, inscribed International POST, and below, are the words, POSTAGE PAID AUSTRALIA. Undenominated, the aerogramme could be mailed anywhere in the world. Altho it resembles an envelope, it opens to a tri-folded sheet with a writing area of 8 3/16 x 11 1/2", with gummed back flap and side tabs for sealing.
A good looking piece of postal stationery to dress up the collection.
23rd Asian International Stamp Exhibition
Inside #???? - In margin of sheet (in show logo): Pseudo Stamp
The Souvenir Stamp Sheet features the 12 zodiac stamps as issued in the 2009 Lunar New Year - Year of the Ox Zodiac Sheetlet. Produced exclusively for the 23rd Asian International Stamp exhibition.
The minisheet features a stunning image of the Hong Kong Convention Centre where the 23rd Asian International Stamp Exhibition is being held containing a block of 4 55c stamps from the Tourist Precinct stamp issue.
Inside #3086: £2 Kangaroo & Map
Inside #3087: 5/- Opening of
Inside #3088: 2½d Peace & Victory
Inside #3089: 8½d Gwoya
Jungarai 'One Pound Jimmy'
Inside #3090: 6d Kookaburra
Everyday People -
Inside #3175d: TBI
Inside #3175i: TBI
Inside (On tabs):
Imperf self adhesive s/s
Inside #3095B: £2 Kangaroo & Map
Thanks to Lou Guadagno
Colonial Heritage I - Queen Victoria (Chalon Head)
Thanks to Martin Hirschbühl
Prior to Federation and the release of
(Thanks to Lloyd Gilbert for the scan)
Colonial Heritage #3253a with London 2010 O/P
At upper right and at bottom right
Thanks to Martin Hirschbühl
Colonial Heritage II
stamp issue is the second in a four-year series titled Colonial Heritage,
developed to commemorate
Kangaroo and Lyrebird
kangaroo and the lyrebird originally featured in stamps marking the 1888
centenary of New South Wales, the first adhesive commemorative stamp issue to
be released worldwide. The kangaroo, flanked by the
Black Swan and Southern Cross
Swan has a strong place in
Colonial Heritage III
Inside #3710: New South Wales #1O
Inside #3711: Tasmania #88O
This stamp issue is the third in the Colonial Heritage series, commemorating Australia's philatelic past. Book-ending the stamps of the colonial period, it features a reworking of Australia's first postage stamp design, "Sydney View" (1850), and one of its last in the colonial period, "Hobart", from the Tasmanian pictorial issue (1899-1900). Created some 50 years apart, the scenes featured in the original designs serve very different purposes, each linked to its specific historical moment.
The original Sydney View is based on the Great Seal of NSW, which in turn was inspired by Josiah Wedgewood's Sydney Cove medallion (1789), commemorating the landing of the First Fleet in 1788. It features the allegorical figure of Industry, sitting on a bale of goods and surrounded by her attributes, receiving three convicts and gesturing to a scene of industry across the harbor. The scene is instructive and redemptive, symbolizing the convicts' path to redemption and the colony's advancement towards an idealized state.
In contrast, Tasmania's pictorial issue expresses a confident young colony's apprehension of its landscape and its reflection of this for broad consumption. The pictorial issue arose from government photographer John Watt Beattie's suggestion to develop a stamp issue to promote the colony's scenic attractions. By the mid to late 19th century, early mass tourism was gaining traction, so the pictorial stamps can be seen as paper ambassadors publicizing the natural beauty of the colony wherever they went.
Scott: #3919P (B)
Inside #3919: Australia #59O
In 2013 we mark the centenary of the first Australian Commonwealth postage stamp issue. For some 60 years prior to its release the colonies had produced their own postage stamps. This issue is the last in the Colonial Heritage stamp series (2010-13), a celebration of Australia's rich philatelic heritage.
The World Stamp Expo gives us the opportunity to celebrate the centenary of the Kangaroo and Map with the rest of the philatelic world. While technically the Kangaroo and Map was not, of course, a colonial stamp, in this commemorative context it forms a bookend to the colonial period of stamp design and production.
Released 12 years after Federation, our first national stamp had a troubled beginning. This was partly due to the complexity of a changing postal administration, but it was also political in nature; the revolving off ice-holder of postmastergeneral (11 occupants of the ministry between 1901 and 1912) and the incumbents' ideas around appropriate content pointed to competing narratives of nationhood.
Despite convening a specialist stamp board and holding an international competition to obtain an outstanding design, Australia's fi rst national stamp issue - the Kangaroo and Map - proved a contentious result.
The design of no single artist, it engendered widespread anger that the King's head was absent, mockery that a kangaroo should be adopted as a national symbol and dislike for a design that was considered rudimentary compared with the ornate designs of the time. Since its turbulent release, however, the Kangaroo and Map design has gained much respectability.
100th Anniversary of King George V stamps
Inside #4121-4: King George V type A2 / A4P
Thanks to Pieter Soer
Scott: #4245aP, #4245bO
First Victoria Cross
Inside #4245: Australia-Victoria #B3 semi-postal (1900)O
(#4245a-b: Design components: side panels and Medal vignette, in changed colors)
The 100th Anniversary of the First England to Australia Flight
Inside #????: A special stamp-like label without a denomination, 1919
In early 1919, the government of then Prime Minister William “Billy” Hughes issued an official statement announcing the offer of £10,000 for the first Australian to fly from England to Australia within 30 days. Hughes was keen to bolster civil aviation in Australia and to bridge the “tyranny of distance” between Australia and the rest of the world.
The announcement of the Great Air Race, as it became known, received a mixed response: some were excited about the prospect of such an epic achievement, others were sceptical, and many were concerned about the potential loss of life. After all, the race would entail a flight of almost 18,000 kilometres, when the longest flight, completed in December 1918, was just over 5,000 kilometres from Cairo to Calcutta. There was also concern that the route had not been properly surveyed beyond Calcutta, and in many parts of Asia airfields were non‑existent. The planes of the era were also very basic by modern standards, constructed from wire, fabric and wood.
Regardless, within five months of the announcement, six crews qualified to enter the race. All were experienced airmen and World War I veterans. Yet of the six official entrants, only two crews completed the journey. Four aviators perished during their attempt. So, when highly decorated pilot Captain Ross Smith, his brother Lieutenant Keith Smith (co-pilot and navigator), and mechanics Sergeants Walter Shiers and James Bennett, landed their Vickers Vimy twin-engine bi-plane at Fannie Bay airfield, Darwin, on 10 December 1919, the event was met with national and international excitement and acclaim.
Hundreds of covers were carried on board the first England to Australia flight, some from England and others deposited at various points along the route. Once the letters arrived in Melbourne, a special stamp-like label was applied as well as a date stamp. Ross Smith had requested a ‘special stamp’ in honour of the epic journey. Instead, a stamp-like label, without a denomination, was produced. It was designed by Lieutenant George Benson, an official war artist at Gallipoli and the Western Front.
Covid-19; heroes on the front lines
Inside #????: Pseudo stamp on envelope
Thanks to Noël Heiligers
Shame on Australia!
Lou wrote: The Australia Post celebrated the 90th Anniversary of the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge with a limited edition SoS imperf sheet folder with an issue of only 120 pieces! Other non-SoS items are included.
With a cost of AU$49.95, it sold out immediately and one dealer with 113 of them (why should he have been allowed to buy so many?) is asking for AU$175.00 each! For a U.S. buyer, if you have to have one and if he will sell to the U.S., that's only about $120.00 with the current exchange of the tanking AU$. If you are feeling lucky, you can contact Australia Post and enter a lottery to win the one available for the original price!
No post should do such a thing to the collectors of their stamps.
Thanks to Lou Guadagno
Best website related:
The Australian Philatelic Federation
Australia #1 for Solomon Islands
Australia #3 for Singapore
Australia #15 + Tonga-Niuafo'ou
Australia #18 for Anguilla, Tonga
Australia #59 + for Philippines
Australia #130 for Anguilla
Australia #132 + for Belize #731
Australia #C1 for Gambia #495 (OTW – BOB 9.23)
Australia #178 for Anguilla
Australia #378+ for Anguilla
Australia #379 + for Anguilla
Scott: #687a (OTW – BOB 9.23)
Scott: #1180h with Stamp World London 90 logo in upper right hand corner
Australia #1344 for Uganda
Australia #1675 for Chad, Sierra Leone
Australia #1677 for Liberia
Australia #1678 for Sierra Leone
Australia #1681 for Guinea 2009
Australia #1779 for Kyrgyzstan, Chad
Australia #2187 for Central African Republic 2015
Australia #2534 for Guinea
Australia #3077 for chad
Australia #3532 for Solomon Islands 2013
Australia #3533 for Solomon Islands 2013
Australia #3535 for Solomon Islands 2013
Australia #3536 for Solomon Islands 2013
Australia #3561-4 for Niger 2014
Australia #3990 for Niger 2016
Scott: #???? (2021)
Australian Antarctic Terr
Australia #L118a for Guinea-Bissau 2010
Australian Antarctic Terr #L118b for Chad, Sierra Leone
Australian Antarctic Territory #L118c for Sierra Leone
Australian Antarctic Terr #L118d for Chad
Australia-Sanmabria #1 for Congo, Tonga
(England- Australia first Aerialpost vignette, 1919)
New South Wales
New South Wales #1 for Australia, Umm Al Qiwain
New South Wales #3a for Australia
New South Wales #44
New South Wales #81 for Australia
New South Wales #82 for Australia
New South Wales #86 for Australia
New South Wales #99 for Solomon Islands
Queensland Type A1 for Australia
Queensland #3 for Australia
Queensland #78 for Australia
South Australia Type A1 for Australia
Tasmania #1 for Australia, Norfolk Island
Tasmania #2 for Australia
Tasmania #4 for Australia
Tasmania #88 for Australia
Victoria #1 for Umm Al Qiwain
Victoria Type A1 for Australia
Victoria #3 for Australia
Australia-Victoria #B3 (1900)
Western Australia #1 for Australia, Italy, onga-Niuafo'ou, Uganda
Western Australia #3a for Nicaragua J