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AUSTRALIAN

No. 266 August-September 2002

Australia-Thailand joint issue • International Panoramas II

• International Greetings • Bush Tucker


266 bulletin

In this Bulletin...

Joint issue with Thailand 3

Bush Tucker 6

International Panoramas II 11

International Greetings 13

Battle for Australia PSE 15

New Collector coins 16

Seven Seas 19

Post Master Gallery 20

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Dear Readers,

Some of you have written to ask if Australia Post would have

a special Year of the Outback issue. We considered it, but

decided against adding an issue to the program. Instead we

have dedicated the three issues already planned for 2002 –

that fit within the outback theme– to the Year of the

Outback. I refer to Nature of Australia-Desert (June); Albert

Namatjira birth centenary (July) and completing the

triptych in this Bulletin with Bush Tucker (September).

Indigenous Australians have lived off bush tucker for

thousands of years. Now everyone is catching on. You’ll find

it in specialist restaurants in major cities and in signature

dishes in restaurants throughout Australia.

I think you will find the design of the stamps, by Janet

Boschen of the Australia Post Design Studio, both colourful

and fascinating. Janet is the most experienced designer in

our studio and her designs are always exciting, imaginative

and of the highest quality. Her use of the tête-bêche format

adds another level on which the truly striking images can be

appreciated.

If you are one of our readers with concerns about double

cancellation of your finely cancelled covers. I am pleased to

say that as we prepare this Bulletin we are starting a trial of

‘carrier envelopes’. We hope they will solve the problem of

double cancellations yet still allow modern handling and

processing of the post.

Sample carrier envelopes have been distributed to stamp

clubs and organisations. We hope to have analysed feedback

from the trial and be able to announce the results in the next

Stamp Bulletin.

This is my last Letter to Readers, as I will soon retire from

Australia Post. For the past decade I have been privileged to

have been responsible for Australia’s stamps. I would like to

thank all collectors who have written to me over that period.

I started this letter as a way of encouraging you to write to

me with your suggestions, concerns and comments. It may

not be obvious, but every one of you who contacted me has

– in some way – shaped what we have done, and how we

have done it. I have made many friends through philately

and I wish to thank them, and collectors generally, for the

support they have given to Australian stamps.

Stamps truly are, and will remain, real national treasures.

David Maiden, Manager, Philatelic Group

6 August 2002

AUSTRALIA-THAILAND joint issue

Diplomatic Relations 1952 - 2002

This joint issue celebrates 50 years of formal

diplomatic relations between Australia and

Thailand. Waterlilies are found in both

countries and the flower’s traditional

associations with beauty, enlightenment and

renewal make it a fitting symbol to mark these

diplomatic relations.

Waterlilies produce spectacular flowers,

which can last from a few days to a week. The

wonderfully showy flowers may be fragrant.

Some open during the day and close at night,

others the opposite.

The stamps

The stamps and miniature sheet are

beautifully illustrated by Thaneth

Ponchaiwong, of the Communications

Authority of Thailand Philatelic Department

45c Nymphaea immutabilis

Nymphaea immutabilis grows in northern

Australia, close to the coast right across the

top down to the Tropic of Capricorn on the

east coast. Currently there is no common

name for this species.

The young Nymphaea fruit is pulled beneath

the surface by the coiling flower stalk and

develops underwater into a spongy berry with

many seeds that are enclosed in arils. When

ripe, up to 2000 seeds are released from each

fruit.

Young seeds float because the arils contain

air pockets. The seeds are then dispersed by

water currents or by water birds that eat them.

As the arils become waterlogged, the seeds sink

into the mud to germinate that same year or

wait for the next wet season floods.

The seeds generally only live for a year or

two. The plant also sometimes spreads by

sprouting from the bulbs. The flat round leaves

have a waxy water-repellent upper side. The

underside, however, seems to cling to the water

by surface tension.

$1.00 Nelumbo nucifer

With a symmetrical, exquisitely beautiful

flower, Nelumbo nucifera, commonly known

as the East Indian lotus or sacred lotus, is an

aquatic perennial native to northern

Australia, Papua New Guinea and South-East

Asia and grows in lowland wetlands. In

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AUSTRALIA-THAILAND joint issue

Australia it has been recorded down to the

New South Wales/Queensland border.

Large, fragrant deep-pink flowers appear

between March and November.

The Nelumbo (lotus) fruit develops well

above the water as a large spongy capsule

containing several loose hard-coated seeds.

The young seeds are a favoured food in many

cultures and the dry spongy fruit is popular

in dried flower arrangements. As the fruit

matures it nods over and free seeds gradually

drop and sink. They may stay buried in the

mud for many decades, or even a hundred

years in dried mud, before germinating.

The plant also spreads by sprouting from

the prickly creeping rhizome, also a valued

part of many Asian cuisines. The leaves

develop at the height of the wet season but the

prickly leaf stalks are stiff, and the leaves are

left standing above the water as the level drops.

The flowers are produced among the leaves

and stand clear of the water. The classical

symmetrical lotus bud only lasts a day or two

before the flower becomes bedraggled.

Miniature sheet

A rich and evocative treatment of the

waterlilies conveys the exotic beauty of the

flowers and their settings. The design

suggests the waterlily stamps are floating in

a pond.

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First day covers

Joint

Australia, stamps

Australia, miniature sheet

Associated products

The associated philatelic products with this

issue include a miniature sheet, first day

covers, stamp packs and a set of two

maximum cards. Stamp pack, Australia

Stamp pack, Australia

The illustrator

Thaneth Ponchaiwong, of the

Communications Authority of Thailand

Philatelic Department (CAT).

Thaneth has worked as an artist with CAT

since 1990. Most of his work has featured

realistic interpretations of the subject matter.

Technical details

Issue date......................6 August 2002

Denominations ..............One x 45c, one x $1.00

Designer ......................Thaneth Ponchaiwong,

Communications Authority of Thailand Philatelic Department

Printer ..........................SNP Ausprint

Paper ..........................De La Rue SH8

Stamp size (all) .............. 37.5 x 26 mm

Perforations (all) ............13.86 x14.6

Miniature sheet size ......106 x 70 mm

Sheet layout ..................Sheets of 50, two panes of 25

Printing process ............Lithography

National postmark..........Watergardens VIC 3038

6 August 2002

Diplomatic Relations 1952 - 2002

Maximum cards

Mail order codes

1295067 Stamps (one x 45c, one x $1.00) ............$1.45

1295255 Set of miniature sheets

(mint, postmarked) [MO] ........................$2.90

1295142 Miniature sheet (mint) ............................$1.45

1295143 Miniature sheet (postmarked) ................$1.45

1295001 Set of first day covers, Australia

(gummed + miniature sheet) + Joint [MO]....$5.50

1295250 First day cover, Joint

(Australia + Thailand stamps) ................$2.00

1295002 First day cover (Australia, gummed) ........$1.75

1295013 First day cover (Australia, miniature sheet) ..$1.75

1295128 Stamp pack (Joint) ................................$2.15

1295127 Stamp pack (Australia) ..........................$3.35

1295126 Both stamp packs (Australia + Joint)[MO] $5.50

1295220 Maximum cards (set of two)....................$2.95

No special text or design in gutters listed below

1295240 Set of gutter strips

(ten x 45c, ten x $1.00) [MO] ................$14.50

1295241 Gutter strip (ten x 45c)............................$4.50

1295242 Gutter strip (ten x $1.00) ......................$10.00

Thailand stamps and miniature sheets

Thailand’s stamps available in joint stamp pack (mint) and

joint first day cover (postmarked). For other requirements

contact Max Stern & Co, Port Phillip Arcade, 234 Flinders St

Melbourne VIC 3000. Phone (03) 9654 6751 Fax (03) 9650 7192 .

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Bush Tucker

No matter how you look at it, this issue is both

beautiful and fascinating. The subject is Bush

Tucker and features five Australian plants

traditionally eaten by Aboriginal people. The

part of the plant consumed (and depicted)

varies from the tuber (murnong); fruit

(quandong and lilly-pilly); seed (acacia); and

flower (honey grevillea). The featured plants

are found in a range of climates and locations

throughout Australia.

The plant foods are shown against a

background of a woven basket or wooden

coolamon. These containers, from the

collections of the Museum of Victoria, are

appropriate to particular regions where the

foods are found.

As well as the stamps (gummed and selfadhesive)

the issue includes a first day cover, a

set of five maximum cards and a gutter strip of

ten x 49c (design in gutter) See pages 8 and 9 for

a more detailed description of the issue.

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Tête-bêche block of ten x 49c stamps (top row = sequence B, botton row = sequence A)

The stamps

Lilly-pilly (Acmena smithii)

There are several varieties of lilly-pilly fruits that

may be eaten. Acmena smithii, depicted on the

stamp, grows best in the moist soil of mountain

gullies from Victoria to Northern Queensland.

The pale mauve or white berry-like fruits are

pleasantly tart and juicy and can be picked and

eaten raw from the tree. Acmena smithii is a

common urban street tree.

The basket in the background was made

from plant fibre by Joyce Moate of Healesville,

Victoria. The coil technique is typical of the

weaving traditions of South-Eastern Australia.

Honey grevillea (Grevillea juncifolia)

Grevillea juncifolia grows on sand plains and

dunes in Central Australia. It is characterised by

large orange flower clusters with abundant

nectar. The sweet honey is highly sought after

and can be sucked directly from the flower or

extracted by steeping the flower in water to

make a sweet drink.

The wooden coolamon in the background

was made by Tjuliata of Ernabella, Central

Australia. The burnt poker work designs

represent women dancing.

Quandong (Santalum acuminatum)

The quandong is a traditional staple food with

a vitamin C content twice as high as that of an

orange. Quondong trees are found in semi-arid

areas of all mainland states. The small bright

red fruits are eaten raw. Dried fruit, collected

from under the tree, can be reconstituted in

water. The fruit can also be pounded and made

into cakes to be dried and stored for later use.

The relatively large kernels can also be eaten or

ground into a paste for medicinal purposes.

The plant-fibre string bag used for the

background was made in a figure eight

stitch in Victoria.

Acacia (Acacia coriacea)

The seeds of many types of acacia trees are

eaten by Aboriginal people throughout

Australia. One of the more attractive varieties,

Acacia coriacea, is characterised by long, twisted

pods containing vivid orange and black seeds.

This acacia, also called dogwood, grows on the

Stamp pack

Both the cover and pack feature a se-tenant

strip of five x49c stamps.

The cover has sequence A,

The pack sequence B.

See page 8 & 9 for further details.

First day cover

BUSH TUCKER

3 September 2002

spinifex sandplains of Central Australia. When

they are green, the pods are roasted and the

seeds extracted and eaten. Hardened seeds are

also picked off the ground then soaked and

mashed with water to make a ‘milky’ drink.

The coolamon in the background, made at

Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, is

decorated with red ochre and white dots.

Murnong (Microseris ‘lanceolata’)

The murnong is a small root vegetable

resembling a dandelion. Murnong was a staple

food of Aboriginal people in South-Eastern

Australia until the mid 19th century when

introduced grazing animals rapidly destroyed

this once abundant and widespread plant. Now

the murnong is considered an endangered

species. Murnong tubers were sometimes eaten

raw but were usually cooked in baskets.

The plant-fibre woven bag in the

background was made in a figure eight

stitch in Victoria.

Gutter strip of ten stamps provides two strips, one each sequence

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Bush Tucker

Sheet layout and tête-bêche printing

The stamps will be printed in sheets of 50,

in two panes of 25, with a

decorative gutter.

The design takes advantage

of the tête-bêche printing

format, using it to enhance the

impact of the designs.

Tête-bêche printing alone might generate some

interest. It is not used as commonly as it once

was. When combined with the striking stamp

designs and some subtle design flourishes, this

Bush Tucker issue should spark interest and

study amongst committed collectors in

Australia and overseas.

For example: the design

bleeds into the selvedge at the

top and bottom of the sheet.

The gutter design bleeds

into the selvedge of the adjacent

stamps.

The bush banana motif which runs through

the gutter (and at the top of the facing page) is

directional. The bananas hang ‘down’ thus

defining the sheet’s top and bottom.

The individual stamps and the design set

itself make their visual statements when viewed

in isolation. As well they can be visually combined

with their tête-bêche ‘partners’ to create

additional views.

Looking at multiple stamps in the sheet, the

designs can be visualised as columns or rows.

Tête-bêche pairs dissolve into a single large

design, tête-bêche rows produce dramatic

blocks. The role layout plays in the perception

of the designs is most dramatically illustrated in

the full sheet.

The sheet is shown against a black background

to make it easier to see the perforations,

selvedges and other design features.

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Figure 1

Figure 2

Figure 3 Sequence A used for covers

Figure 4 Sequence B, used in packs

Double gutter strip

Standard products and sequences

This sheet of 50 stamps produces ten

(horizontal) se-tenant strips in two alternating

sequences (A and B).The two sequences

(Figures 3 and 4) and the individual strips

alternate along the length of the sheet.

Sequence A

Lilly-pilly, Honey grevillea,

Quandong, Acacia,

Murnong

Sequence B

Murnong, Acacia,

Quandong, Honey

grevillea, Lilly-pilly,

Booklet of ten x 49c, not tête-bêche

Sequence B will be used in stamp packs. This is

the only pack configuration available. Standard

covers will be produced with Sequence A.

Standing orders for design sets, covers and

gutter strips will be supplied as follows:

Design set

se-tenant strip of five x 49c randomly from Sequence A/B

without regard to selvedge or sheet position

Cover

with a se-tenant strip of five x 49c in Sequence A

Gutter strip

standard ten x 49c gutter strip

Standing order customers who want other

configurations should contact the Australian

Philatelic Bureau and amend their orders

before 23 August 2002.

Self-adhesive stamps

Unlike the gummed stamps, the self-adhesive

stamp in the booklets of ten x 49c are se-tenant

vertically (see above). Post will not produce

covers for the self-adhesive stamps.

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Bush Tucker

Bush Tucker

Technical details

Issue date......................3 September 2002

Denominations ..............Five x 49c

Designer Janet Boschen, Australia Post

Design Studio

Stamp size ....................26 x 37.5 mm

Perforations ..................14.6 x 13.86

Printer/Paper

Gummed ..................McPhersons/Tullis Russell Red

phosphor

Self-adhesive ............SNP Ausprint/JAC B100

Printing process ............Lithography

Stamp layout ................Sheets of 50, two panes of 25r

Special features ............Printed tête-bêche. Decorative

design in gutter

National postmark ........Grevillia, NSW 2474

Mail order codes

1296067 Stamps (design set, five x 49c) ................$2.45

1296250 Stamps

(tête-bêche block of ten x 49c) [MO]..........$4.90

1296001 First day cover (design set, sequence A).....$2.75

1296126 Stamp pack (design set, sequence B) ........$2.90

1296240 Gutter strip (ten x 49c) illustration in gutter $4.90

1296182 Booklet of ten x 49c ................................$4.90

1296255 Full sheet, 50 x 49c, including gutter ......$24.50

1296256 Gutter strip

with two blocks of ten x 49c [MO]..............$9.80

Reminder

Please refer to pages 8 and 9 before placing your order. The

standard products for this issue are as folows:

• Design sets supplied randomly from sequence A and B,

without regard to selvedge or sheet position.

• Gutter strips standard ten x 49c gutter strip

• Covers Sequence A, 5 x 49c stamps

If you want a different configuration a tête-bêche block of

ten instead of the design set or a ‘double gutter strip’ you

need to contact the Australian Philatelic Bureau

If you If you are are a standing a standing order customer and and want want design sets, sets,

gutter strips or or cover configurations other than than those listed

above you you should contact the the Australian Philatelic Bureau

and and amend your your order before 23 23 August 2002.

Australian Philatelic Bureau Freecall 1 800 331 794

Fax (03) 9887 0236 or E-mail mailorder@auspost.com.au

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Further information

Beth Gott, “Murnong – Microseris scapigera: a study of

a staple food of Victorian Aborigines”, Australian

Aboriginal Studies, 1983/number 2, pp 2-18.

Peter Latz, Bushfires and Bushtucker: Aboriginal plant

use in Central Australia, IAD Press, Alice Springs,

1996.

Nelly Zola and Beth Gott, Koorie Plants Koorie People:

traditional Aboriginal food, fibre and healing plants of

Victoria, The Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne, 1996

Maximum cards

International Panoramas

of Australia II

International stamps

This is the fourth series in the International

Range. The range was introduced in 2000 to

ensure that Australia Post complied with the

Australian Government’s then new tax

legislation. The range is characterised by the

stamps’ distinctive shape, International Post

branding and photographic panoramic

images. These designs have been released to

accommodate the change in international

postage rates.

The stamps

$1.10 Coonawarra, South Australia

Coonawarra, 480 km south-east of Adelaide, is

a well-known wine producing area as well as a

fertile region of farmlands, rugged coastlines,

beautiful sandy beaches, limestone caves and

wetlands. (Replaces $1.00 Mt Roland, Tasmania.)

23 August 2002

$1.65 Gariwerd-Grampians, Victoria

Gariwerd is the indigenous name for the

Grampians National Park, one of Victoria’s

most popular holiday destinations. The park

contains the majority of Aboriginal rock art

sites in south-east Australia and is also

renowned for its rugged mountain ranges,

stunning rock formations and abundant species

of plants and birds. (Replaces $1.50 Cape

Leveque, Western Australia)

$2.20 National Library of Australia, Australian Capital

Territory

A nation’s public buildings are important

symbols of the nation’s aspirations. The

National Library’s mission is to maintain and

develop a comprehensive general reference

collection and a rich collection of material

relating to Australians and Australia. The

building itself is considered an icon of 1960s

architecture. (Replaces $2.00 Cradle Mountain,

Tasmania.)

$3.30 Cape York, Queensland

This region covers over 150,000 km 2

of far north Queensland, stretching 650 km

from the Daintree River in the south to the

very northern tip of mainland Australia, and

from the Coral Sea in the east to the Gulf of

Carpentaria and the Arafura Sea in the West.

The region is home to magnificent national

parks and sacred Aboriginal sites. (Replaces

$3.00 Pinnacles, Western Australia)

The issue

As well as the stamps and first day cover, the

issue includes a stamp pack, set of four

maximum cards and three postage paid

postcards (Coonawarra, Gariwerd, National

Library).

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International Panoramas

of Australia II

12

Maximum cards

Technical Details

Issue date ....................23 August 2002

Denominations ..............One each $1.10, $1.65,

$2.20, $3.30

Photography

Coonawarra Vineyards, Limestone Coast

SA/South Australian Tourism Commission

Gariwerd-Grampians/Tourism Victoria

National Library of Australia/Canberra Tourism

and Events Corporation

Peninsula Development Rd,

Cape York/Tourism Queensland

Designer ......................Cathleen Cram,

Australia Post Design Studio

Printer ..........................SNP Ausprint

Paper............................Tullis Russell

Stamp size ....................42.63 x 18.75 mm

Perforations ..................14.55 x 13.57

Printing process ............Lithography

Sheet layout ..................Modules of 50, no gutter

National postmark..........Halls Gap, VIC 3381

Stamp pack

First day cover

P A N O R A M A S O F A U S T R A L I A

23 August 2002

Mail order codes

1321067 Stamps

(one each $1.10, $1.65, $2.20, $3.30) ..$8.25

1321001 First day cover ......................................$8.55

1321126 Stamp pack ..........................................$8.70

1321220 Maximum cards (set of four) ................$11.25

2002

2002

This special issue of three new International

Post Personalised Stamps is released to

accommodate an increase in international

postage rates. Each new design is similar to

the design it replaces. The new designs are:

• Christmas star (90c is the new international

holiday card concession rate) replaces 80c

Christmas star

• Koala ($1.10 is the new international letter

rate to Asia) replaces both $1.00 Koala and

$1.00 Kangaroo

• “Puja” Aboriginal art ($1.65 is the new

international letter rate to all countries outside

Australasia and Asia) replaces $1.50 “Bayulu

Banner”

Like previous issues in the Personalised Stamps

range, the new designs will be available in sheets

of 20 with title tabs and can be used as is. A set

of three sheets, one sheet of 20 for each design is

available with decorative selvedge, as shown at

left. Individual sheets are sold with a plain,

13 mm selvedge.

90c Christmas

The colourful, abstract star design is intended

to convey the joy of the festive season. It is

suitable for a wide range of holiday greetings.

$1.10 Koala

Many tourists come to Australia to

experience our unique native flora and fauna.

One of our country’s most popular animals,

particularly among Japanese visitors, is the

koala.

$1.65 Aboriginal art

Visitors to Australia, especially those from

Europe and North America are also

interested in Aboriginal culture. This stamp

features a work by Ngarralja Tommy May,

entitled Puja. The painting tells the Dreamtime

story of the Crow and her son the Eaglehawk.

2002

Maximum cards

2002

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Stamp pack

Set of three sheets, one each

denomination, each with decorative border

14

$1.10 denomination sheet,

normal selvedge

2002 2002 2002 2002

2002 2002 2002 2002

2002 2002 2002 2002

2002 2002 2002 2002

2002 2002 2002 2002

Technical details

Issue date......................23 August 2002

Denominations ..............One x 90c, $1.10, $1.65

Designers......................90c & $1.10 Chris Shurey, $1.65,

Doug Pitt, Graphic Connection (both Melbourne)

Stamp size ....................30.55 x 30 mm

Tab size ........................20 x 30 mm

Perforations ..................13.86 x 14.28

Printer ..........................SNP Ausprint

Paper............................De La Rue

Sheet layout ......................Sheets of 20 with printed tabs

on right hand side, and sheets of 20 with printed tabs on

right hand side with decorative selvedge

National postmark ........California Gully VIC 3556

Personalising your International Greetings

• These new international rate Personalised Stamp designs

replace the previously issued 80c, $1.00 and $1.50 designs,

which will be withdrawn from sale on 30 August 2002.

• New Personalised Stamps order forms will be produced after

the domestic base rate change, which is expected in early 2003.

• Until 9 August 2002

Orders for international rate Personalised Stamps designs will

be filled from current designs, as normal.

• From 9 to 30 August 2002

Customers ordering international rate Personalised Stamps

from the current order form will be contacted and advised of the

pending international rate change and resulting new designs.

Customers can then choose either the current 80c, $1.00 and

$1.50 designs or the new 90c, $1.10 and $1.65 designs. The

currently published prices for personalised orders for Overseas

Asia Pacific, Europe and world wide Christmas stamps will be

maintained until new order forms are available. Orders for the

new designs will not be dispatched until after the issue date of 23

August 2002.

• After 30 August 2002

Customers ordering international rate Personalised Stamps

will be contacted to confirm they wish to order the new designs.

The existing prices for personalised orders for Overseas Asia

Pacific, Europe and world wide Christmas designs will be

maintained until new order forms are available.

• Customers holding stock of stamps which they have personalised

before the rate change can continue using these without

additional postage. Post will absorb the rate difference from the

personalisation fees.

For additional information contact the Personalised Stamps

Customer Centre on 1 800 674 412

First day cover

Mail order codes

1322067 Stamps with tabs, one each

90c, $1.10, $1.65 ................................$3.65

1322001 First day cover ......................................$3.95

1322220 Maximum cards (set of three)..................$5.90

1322126 Stamp pack ..........................................$4.10

1322250 Sheet pack, set of three sheets,

one sheet each design,

each with decorative selvedge ..............$73.00

1322251 Sheet of 20 x 90c, plain 13 mm selvedge..$18.00

1322252 Sheet of 20 x $1.10, plain 13 mm selvedge$22.00

1322253 Sheet of 20 x $1.65, plain 13 mm selvedge$33.00

3 September 2002

BATTLE FOR AUSTRALIA 1942 PSE

This pre-stamped envelope commemorates the

period when Australia faced the threat of

invasion during World War II. The imagery

symbolises the drawn-out struggle to defend

Australia against Japanese forces during World

War II. It focuses on 1942 when Japanese forces

arrived on Australia’s doorstep and Australians

faced the spectre of invasion.

The expression ‘The Battle for Australia

comes from Prime Minister Curtin, who in a

radio broadcast on 16 February 1942, the day

after the fall of Singapore, declared:

‘…it is now work or fight as we have

never worked or fought before…What the

Battle for Britain required, so the Battle for

Australia demands…’

The design

The illustration area features images of army,

navy, merchant navy, airforce and home front

actions in defence of Australia in 1942. The

illustration in the stamp area represents the

Japanese threat to Australia in 1942.

Detailed descriptions of the images used on

the PSE will be available online at the Australia

Post Stamps website from 3 September 2002

(auspost.com.au/stamps).

Additional information

• The Battle for Australia website:

www.battleforaustralia.org.au

• Jeffrey Grey, A Military History of Australia, CUP, 1999

• Peter Dennis, Jeffrey Grey, Ewan Morris & Robin Prior,

The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History,

OUP, Australia, 1995

• Peter Charlton, Australians at War - War Against

Japan 1942-1945, Time-Life Books, Sydney, 1989

• Brian McKinlay, Australia 1942 End of Innocence,

Collins, Sydney, 1985

• John Robertson, Australians at War 1939-1945,

Heinemann, Melbourne, 1981

Technical details

Issue date......................3 September 2002

Denomination ..............One x 45c

Designer ......................Symone Lambert,

Australia Post Design Studio

Printer ..........................PMP

Printing process ............Lithography

National postmark..........Sydney, NSW 2000

Mail order codes

1323250 Set of Battle for Australia PSEs

(mint, postmarked) ................................$1.08

1323134 Battle for Australia PSE (mint) ................$0.54

1323144 Battle for Australia PSE (postmarked) ......$0.54

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New collector coins from

the Royal Australian Mint Perth Mint coins

The Queen Mother – A Celebration

of Her Life

The Royal Australian Mint has released a

special 1 oz silver proof coin paying tribute to

the life of the Queen Mother. The limited

edition coin depicts the Queen Mother when as

Duchess of York, she visited Australia in 1927

with the Duke of York to open Parliament

House. The design of the coin is based on a

photograph of the Duchess of York (as she was

then) attending the Adelaide Cup in 1927.

This image is encircled by wattle blossoms

inter-twined with ‘Elizabeth of Glamis’ rose

blooms. The obverse features the Ian Rank-

Broadley image of Queen Elizabeth II. The coin

is housed in a presentation case. The price is

$45.00 and includes a certificate of authenticity.

Commonwealth Games 2002

– Three Coin Aluminium Bronze Set

The Royal Australian Mint has released this

special three coin set to commemorate the XVII

Commonwealth Games being held in

Manchester, England from 25 July to 4 August

2002.

The set comprises three $5.00 aluminium

bronze coins:

• A blue pad-printed coin that depicts the

Australian Commonwealth Games

Committee logo – a stylised kangaroo.

• Two coins which display a series of human

arms depicting the 17 sports being contested

at the XVII games.

Surrounding the depiction of the sports via the

extended arms are the words:

‘The XVII Commonwealth Games

Manchester 2002’.

The coins obverse features the denomination

and the classic Ian Rank-Broadley image of Her

Majesty. These three beautiful coins come in

capsules, which are in turn housed in a

presentation case with a tastefully printed and

embossed outer box.

The price of the set is $38.50 and comes with

a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the

Controller of Australia’s national Mint. This set

provides a very affordable memento of the

XVII Commonwealth Games.

Coin enlarged

to show detail

Mail order codes

1113520 Commonwealth Games 2002

Three coin aluminium-bronze set ..........$38.50

1113525 The Queen Mother

A celebration of her life ........................$45.00

Gold and silver collectable keepsakes from Perth Mint

Celebrate or mark an important occasion with spectacular Lunar New Year collectable coins or

Kookaburra coin sets.

Lunar New Year Gold

The 1/10th oz Gold Bullion Lunar New Year,

Year of the Horse coin in presentation case is

illustrated below.

Three coin Kookaburra New Millennium set

A three coin 99.9% pure silver set featuring 1 oz

kookaburra coins dated 2000, 2001 and 2002

(illustrated below).

Three coin Kookaburra New Millennium set

Lunar New Year Gold

The 1/20th oz Gold Bullion Lunar New Year

Year of the Horse coin in presentation case is

illustrated below.

Two Coin Kookaburra Year set

This year set of 99.9% pure silver 1 oz coins

(illustrated below) features two kookaburra

coins, dated 2001 and 2002.

Two Coin Kookaburra Year set

Mail order codes

1113502 Year of the Horse

1/20th oz 99.9% pure gold coin ..........$59.95

1113503 Year of the Horse 1/10th oz 99.9%

pure gold coin .................................... $99.00

1113530 Two coin 99.9 % pure silver

1 oz Kookaburra year set ......................$52.00

1113531 Three coin 99.9 % pure silver 1 oz

Kookaburra “New Millennium” set ........$77.00

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East Timor Stamp Update

How many readers noticed a very small but

important design feature in these stamps that

wasn’t mentioned in Bulletin 265?

If you had a careful look at one of the East

Timor stamp posters in Post outlets you might

have caught a glimpse of it. Otherwise you

would have needed a magnifying glass to see it.

“It” is micro printing. The first ever done by

Australia Post. Although indistinguishable

from the tais design to the naked eye, the text is

completely legible at 10X magnification.

Looking at a stamp with a good quality magnifying

glass you would see that each of the four

denominations carries one quarter of the text of

the crocodile legend text(in Portuguese), which

is the East Timor foundation story. An enlarged

segment from the US25c stamp is shown at

right.

Richard Breckon is writing a detailed article

about the issue, including its micro printing in

the fifth edition of Stamp Issues (see page 20).

STARS WARS SES SHEET

In May Australia Post released this SES (Special

Event Souvenir) sheet to commemorate the

release of the newest Star Wars movie

Star Wars Episode II - Attack of the Clones.

The sheet, which featured a specially

designed backing card and was designed exclusively

for Australia Post by the creative team at

Lucasfilm. It was sold in selected retail outlets

and by mail order for $19.95

The sheet is 10 Australian stamps (Australia

& Globe) with images of Star Wars characters

from this new episode printed in the tabs and a

montage of characters from the new episode in

the decorative selvedge.

The sheet is still available by mailorder from

the Australian Philatelic Bureau.

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Mail order code

0186R2D2 Star Wars Episode II SES sheet ..........$19.95

Seven Seas

The following will be included in Seven Seas’ 2002 supplements and optional pages. Seven Seas’ pages are available only from

stamp dealers and from Seven Seas.

Joint Issue with Thailand 8 August 2002

Supplement • 2 x Australian stamps • Australian mini sheet

Optional pages • 2 x Australian stamps • Australian minisheet

• Page with space for Thailand Stamps (no stamps supplied) •

Thailand miniature sheet (joint pack supplied)

International Panoramas II 23 August 2002

Supplement• single of each gummed stamp

Optional pages • nil

International Greetings 23 August 2002

Supplement • 3 single stamps with title tabs

Optional pages • generic page with spaces for single stamp of

each design, with personalised tab attached (no stamps

supplied). Spaces for Personalised Stamps may be

combined on one or more Optional pages for these stamps

issued in 2002

Bush Tucker 3 September 2002

Supplement • strip of 5 x 49c • single S/A of each design

(booklet supplied)

Optional pages • S/A booklet 10 x 49c • gutter strip 10 x 49c,

with images in gutter • tête-bêche block of ten x 49c stamps

Exhibiton overprints

Philakorea 2002 2-11 August 2002

Optional pages • overprinted Desert Birds S/A sheetlet of 5

International Stamp & Coin Expo Beijing

26-29 September 2002

Optional pages • overprinted Desert Birds S/A sheetlet of 5

In retrospect

Weddings prestige booklet

The Seven Seas optional pages for Bulletin 264 will include

space for the Weddings booklet

Mail order codes

1323235 Bulletin 266 Australian Supplement .......... $22.15

1323236 Bulletin 266 Australian Optional pages ....... $24.25

0173182 Weddings prestige booklet .......................

$9.95

Products for Seven Seas’ pages • CTO not available • Partial returns for refund not accepted.

Discover the magic of stamp collecting

That’s our invitation to children in our 2002 annual

celebration of the hobby, Stamp Collecting Month.

This year’s issue is a children’s fantasy that is both

modern and traditional.

Australia Post commissioned John Marsden to

write the story on which the issue stamps would be

based. The designs by Mark Jackson and Heather











Potter in the book and the issue perfectly capture

the magic of his The Magic Rainforest.

You can get a head start on stamp collecting

month at our website from 25 September 2002

auspost.com.au/magic


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National Philatelic Centre

On now - continuing exhibitions

Postmark Post Mabo

29 June to 29 September 2002

This exhibition recognises the birth centenary

of Albert Namatjira and commemorates the

tenth anniversary of the Mabo decision.

Postmark Post Mabo looks at the

representation of Australia’s Indigenous

peoples and cultures on Australia’s stamps. It

juxtaposes the power of Aboriginal artwork

with telling portrayals of Indigenous people in

early 20th century philatelic design.

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Philatelic Seminar

Post Master Gallery Seminars are presented by stamp

experts and make use of the extensive resources of

the National Philatelic Collection.

Join us for Seminar 7

Australia’s stamps - What does the future hold?

presented by Philatelic Group Manager, David Maiden

When: 2.00 to 4.00 pm

18 August 2002

Where: Post Master Gallery

321 Exhibition St

MELBOURNE 3000

Cost: GST included

$7.00 per head

$5.00 students & pensioners

45c Fiona Foley (at left) and

$1.00 Ginger Riley (below).

Both designs are from the 1993 Aboriginal

Australia issue.

Touring exhibition

Kangaroo and Map - an advertisement for Australia

• Continuing to 25 August 2002 at Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, VIC

• From 11 September to 26 October 2002 at Broken Hill City Art Gallery, NSW

For bookings and further

information contact:

John Link

Phone 03 9204 7727

Fax 03 9204 7743

E-mail:

John.Link@auspost.com.au

Temporary closure

From 30 September to 25 October, the Post Master Gallery will be closed for refurbishment.

Opening in October

Season’s Greetings from the Post Master Gallery 26 October 2002 to 29 January 2003

An exhibition that illustrates the stories of Christmas - both religious and secular - on Australian

stamps.

Read more

The next Stamp Issues – a quarterly publication from the Philatelic Group’s Exhibitions Section –

will feature a fascinating article by Richard Breckon about the microprinting used by Australia Post

for the first time in the East Timor Stamp issue. To request a copy of Stamp Issues, contact John

Link, Exhibitions Section, Philatelic Group, GPO Box 1777, MELBOURNE VIC 3001.

New Issues

Post Master Gallery Mail Order Product Description Price Withdrawal Date

Code

6 August 2002 Joint issue with Thailand

1295067 Stamps (one x 45c, one x $1.00) $1.45 31 August2003

1295255 Set of miniature sheets (mint, postmarked) $2.90 3 September 2002

1295142 Miniature sheet (mint) $1.45 31 August 2003

1295143 Miniature sheet postmarked $1.45 3 September 2002

1295001 Set of first day covers, Australia (gummed + miniature sheet) + Joint [MO] $5.50 3 September 2002

1295250 First day cover, Joint

(Australia + Thailand stamps) $2.00 3 September 2002

1295002 First day cover (Australia, gummed) $1.75 3 September 2002

1295013 First day cover (Australia, miniature sheet) $1.75 3 September 2002

1295128 Stamp pack (Joint) $2.15 31 August 2003

1295127 Stamp pack (Australia) $3.35 31 August 2003

1295126 Both stamp packs (Australia + joint) [MO] $5.50 31 August 2002

1295220 Maximum cards (set of two) $2.95 31 August 2003

No special text or design in gutters

1295240 Set of gutter strips (ten x 45c, ten x $1.00) [MO] $14.50 31 August 2003

1295241 Gutter strip (ten x 45c) $4.50 31 August 2003

1295242 Gutter strip (ten x $1.00) $10.00 31 August 2003

23 August 2002 International Panoramas II

1321067 Stamps (one each $1.10, $1.65, $2.20, $3.30) $8.25 To be advised

1321001 First day cover $8.55 20 September 2002

1321126 Stamp pack $8.70 31 August 2003

1321220 Maximum cards (set of four) $11.25 31 August 2003

23 August 2002 International Greetings Personalised Stamps

1322067 Stamps with tabs (one x 90c, $1.10, $1.65) $3.65 To be advised

1322001 First day cover $3.95 20 September 2002

1322220 Maximum cards (set of three) $5.90 31 August 2003

1322126 Stamp pack $4.10 31 August 2003

1322250 Sheet pack, set of three sheets,

one sheet each design, each with decorative selvedge $73.00 31 August 2003

1322251 Sheet of 20 x 90c, plain 13 mm selvedge $18.00 To be advised

1322252 Sheet of 20 x $1.10, plain 13 mm selvedge $22.00 To be advised

1322253 Sheet of 20 x $1.65, plain 13 mm selvedge $33.00 To be advised

3 September 2002 Bush Tucker

1296067 Stamps (design set, five x 49c) $2.45 30 September 2003

1296250 Stamps block of ten x 49c (tête-bêche) [MO] $4.90 30 September 2003

1296001 First day cover (design set) $2.75 10 October 2002

1296126 Stamp pack $2.90 30 September 2003

1296240 Gutter strip (ten x 49c) illustration in gutter $4.90 30 September 2003

1296182 Booklet of ten x 49c $4.90 30 September 2003

1296255 Full sheet, 50 x 49c, including gutter $24.50 30 September 2003

1296256 Gutter strip with two blocks of ten x 49c [MO] $9.80 30 September 2003

3 September 2002 Battle for Australia PSE

1323250 Set of Battle for Australia PSEs (mint, postmarked) [MO] $1.08 10 October 2002

1323134 Battle for Australia PSE (mint) $0.54 30 September 2003

1323144 Battle for Australia PSE (postmarked) $0.54 10 October 2002

POSTAGE AND HANDLING CHARGES APPLY FROM 1 AUGUST 2002

Separate charges for catalogues and coins no longer apply. All ad hoc orders $5.00 per order. Standing orders dispatched by issue,

$3.00 per order. Standing order customers who wish to receive their orders quarterly, contact the Australian Philatelic Bureau

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Recent Issues

Mail Order Product Description

Code

East Timor Independence 2002

Price Withdrawal Date

1307250 Stamps (set of four, one each US25c, US50c, US$1.00, US$2.00) [MO] A$8.00 To be advised

1307255 Set of four blocks of four stamps [MO]

(one block of four each denomination US25c, US50c, US$1.00, US$2.00) [MO] A$32.00 To be advised

1307257 Set of 4 sheets (4 sheets of 50, one sheet each denomination) [MO] A$400.00 To be advised

1307251 First day cover $8.30 To be advised

1307252 Stamp pack $8.45 To be advised

East Timor: Mint stamps only, no CTO will be supplied. No other configurations are available. All stocks are limited.

4 June 2002 Nature of Australia Desert

1253067 Stamps (one each 50c, $1.00, $1.50, $2.00) $5.00 To be advised

1253126 Stamp pack $5.45 To be advised

1253220 Maximum cards (set of four)

2 July 2002 Birth centenary of Albert Namatjira

$8.00 30 June 2003

1291067 Stamps (gummed, se-tenant, four x 45c) $1.80 31 July 2003

1291142 Miniature sheet $1.80 31 July 2003

1291182 Booklet of ten x 45c $4.50 31 July 2003

1291250 Cheque book of 20 booklets of ten x 45c $90.00 31 July 2003

1291209 Roll of 100 x 45c $45.00 31 July 2003

1291200 Strip of four x 45c (from roll) [M0/CC] $1.80 31 July 2003

1291220 Maximum cards (set of four) $4.80 31 July 2003

1291126 Stamp pack $4.05 31 July 2003

1291223 Collector pack $5.40 31 July 2003

1291240 Gutter strip (ten x 45c) outback landscape in gutter $4.50 31 July 2003

1291184 Prestige booklet

2 July 2002 Australian Antarctic Research

$9.95 31 July 2003

1292067 Stamps (se-tenant four x 45c) $1.80 31 July 2003

1292126 Stamp pack $2.25 31 July 2003

1292220 Maximum cards (set of four) $4.80 31 July 2003

1292240 Gutter strip (ten x 45c) no special text or design in gutter

Postal Stationery

$4.50 31 July 2003

1293134 RAE PSE (mint) $0.54 31 July 2003

1294155 XVII Commonwealth Games Aerogramme (mint) $0.78 31 July 2003

POSTAGE AND HANDLING CHARGES APPLY FROM 1 AUGUST 2002

Separate charges for catalogues and coins no longer apply. All ad hoc orders $5.00 per order. Standing orders dispatched by issue,

$3.00 per order. Standing order customers who wish to receive their orders quarterly, and avoid the Postage & Handling charge, should

contact the Australian Philatelic Bureau and amend their orders

Also Available

SES sheets • Coins • Album Sheets • Accessories • Books • Catalogues • Footy sheets

AFL Footy Sheets

1302350 Set of 16 sheets, one each club..................$319.20

1302301 Adelaide ....................................................$19.95

1302302 Brisbane Lions ............................................$19.95

1302303 Carlton ......................................................$19.95

1302304 Collingwood ................................................$19.95

1302305 Essendon....................................................$19.95

1302306 Fremantle ..................................................$19.95

1302307 Geelong......................................................$19.95

1302308 Hawthorn....................................................$19.95

1302309 Kangaroos ..................................................$19.95

1302310 Melbourne ..................................................$19.95

1302311 Port Adelaide ..............................................$19.95

1302312 Richmond ..................................................$19.95

1302313 St Kilda ......................................................$19.95

1302314 Sydney Swans ............................................$19.95

1302315 West Coast Eagles ......................................$19.95

1302316 Western Bulldogs ........................................$19.95

NRL Footy Sheets

1303350 Set of 14 sheets

(one from each Australia based team) ........$279.30

1303302 Brisbane Broncos ........................................$19.95

1303303 Canberra Raiders ........................................$19.95

1303304 Melbourne Storm ........................................$19.95

1303305 Parramatta Eels ..........................................$19.95

1303306 Penrith Panthers..........................................$19.95

1303307 Newcastle Knights ......................................$19.95

1303308 North Queensland Cowboys..........................$19.95

1303309 Northern Eagles ..........................................$19.95

1303310 St George Illawarra Dragons ........................$19.95

1303311 Sydney Roosters..........................................$19.95

1303312 The Bulldogs ..............................................$19.95

1303313 The Sharks ................................................$19.95

1303314 Wests Tigers ..............................................$19.95

1303315 South Sydney Rabbitohs ..............................$19.95

Books and Accessories

1148362 Stamp Collecting Starter Kit ........................$14.95

0960281 Packet of 100 Australian Stamps....................$2.45

1178171 2001 Collection of Australian Stamps Deluxe ....$69.95

1178214 2001Collection of Australian Stamps Executive..$99.95

1178194 2001 Australian Territories Collection ..........$17.50

1178255 2001 Stamp Printing Technical Details [MO] ..$10.00

1101255 2000 Stamp Printing Technical Details [MO] ..$10.00

1113576 Australia’s First Flights [MO] ........................$15.00

Album Sheets

0903270 First day cover album binder ........................$10.00

0960251 Collector’s Choice binder

(3-ring, holds album stock sheets) ..............$17.95

0903269 Collector’s Choice binder + slip case [MO/CC] ..$19.00

0903214 Album stock sheets – to hold P Stamp sheets

(set of ten) fits 0903269 ..............................$13.50

0903271 Album stock sheets

– two strip (set of ten) FDC ..........................$10.25

0903272 Album stock sheets – five strip (set of ten) ........$10.25

0903273 Album stock sheets – six strip (set of ten) ........$10.25

0903274 Album stock sheets – seven strip (set of ten) ....$10.25

0903275 Album stock sheets – mixed strip (set of ten) ....$10.25

0903276 Album stock sheets – single (set of ten) ..........$10.25

Australian Stamp Catalogue Range

1113475 2002 Compact Australian

Stamp Catalogue ......................................$12.95

0870261 Comprehensive Colour Catalogue

of Australian Stamps – 2nd Ed [MO]..............$32.45

0100255 The Australasian Stamp Catalogue (28th ed) ....$42.20

1113291 Australian Coin & Bank Note Values 19th ed. $20.00

0190251 2002 Australian Air Mail Catalogue ..............$79.50

0190250 Stamps of Australia 8th Ed ..........................$14.95

New From the Royal Australian Mint

1113520 Commonwealth Games 2002

Three coin aluminium-bronze set..................$38.50

1113525 The Queen Mother

A celebration of her life ................................$45.00

RAM 2002 Year of the Outback (YOTO)

1113511 2002 $1.00 bronze coin ............................$2.50

1113510 2003 $1.00 Silver Proof ..........................$34.20

1113507 2002 Six Coin Set, proof ..........................$73.75

1113508 2002 Six Coin Set, uncirculated ..............$22.70

1113504 2002 Baby Coin Set, proof........................$89.50

1113505 2002 Baby Coin Set, uncirculated ............$29.30

1113506 2002 1-oz uncirculated Silver Kangaroo ....$29.80

Perth Mint, Lunar New Year, Year of the Horse

1113501 Year of the Horse 1/2 oz

99.9% pure silver coin ............................$19.95

1113502 Year of the Horse 1/20 oz

99.9% pure gold coin ..............................$59.95

1113503 Year of the Horse 1/10 oz

99.9% pure gold coin ............................ $99.00

1113512 Golden Jubilee

99.9% pure silver $1.00 coin....................$60.00

1113513 Golden Jubilee bi-metal coin ..................$575.00

1113530 Two coin 99.9 % pure silver 1 oz

Kookaburra Year set ................................$52.00

1113531 Three coin 99.9 % pure silver 1 oz

Kookaburra “New Millennium” set ............$77.00

A complete list of issues on sale is not included here. Details of current issues may be obtained from the Australian Philatelic

Bureau (Freecall 1800 331 794).

[MO] Available by mail order only [MO/CC] Available by mail order and from Collector’s Corner outlets.

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Personalise your stamps with life's greatest moments.

Sarah was so excited about her birthday. She was

having a busy year. She'd got a new baby brother, was

flowergirl at her Aunty's wedding, and had sent many

2000

looking forward to Christmas!

Personalised Stamps

letters to family and friends . Soon she would be

Celebrating a special occasion? Share it with family and friends by putting it on

Personalised Stamps - this innovative service allows stamps to be personalised by

printing a photograph on the tab of the stamp. Call into your Australia Post outlet,

freecall 1800 674 412, or visit www.auspost.com.au/pstamps to receive an order

form. Choose your favourite stamp from 16 designs, complete the order details,

attach your photo and mail for processing.

auspost.com.au/pstamps

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