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In Chinese astrology 2002

will be the Year of the Horse.

You’ll love these colourful stamps!

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AUSTRALIAN

australian

2001

•Wild Babies

•Christmas 2001

•Christmas

Island Fungi


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Wild Babies

It’s Kevin Koala’s first birthday and

all his friends – baby possums,

kangaroos, wombats and wallabies

– are going wild at his birthday

party! The two miniature sheets

show two different views of the

birthday activities.

There’s so much going on in the

stamps and miniature sheets that

you will find something new every

time you look at them.

Issue date 2 October 2001

How many wild babies can you

find in these wild, wild stamps?

Bush musicians

A screeching sulphur-crested

cockatoo chick and his dad dance

to the sounds of a brilliant bush

band!

Kevin’s cake

Kevin Koala is enjoying his

birthday feast; especially his

delicious boronia-flavoured

cake with pink gum-nut icing.

Possum party

Mum Mum ring-tailed possum, with with

baby on her back, swings down to

join the party. Two wo baby possums

are enjoying the feast, including

Chloe, who has already eaten too

much!

Bilby gifts

Baby bilbies gather with their

presents, together with Joshua

Crocodile and Emma Emu who

aren’t t too sure how they they’ll ll climb

up to join the party. Watch atch out

for that falling koala!

James Wombat

Mum wombat does her best to

help baby James up the ladder ladder.

Wombats ombats are excellent burrowers,

but not too good at climbing trees trees.

Jumping high

‘Hold Hold on tight! tight!’ says Mrs WWallaby.

Beside her an echidna urges her

baby on. Maybe the tiny platypus

will help the young echidna.

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The wildest stuff around!

Set of two mini sheets $2.70

Stamp pack

$5.85

Set of first day covers (mini sheets) $3.00

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Maxi cards (set of six) $7.20

Wild Babies activity and

sticker book $9.95 with

the wildest facts you

ever wanted to know,

great colouring in

pages, puzzles and a

drawing lesson from

Roland Harvey himself.

All WWild

ild Babies products are available from 2 October 2001.

Wild facts about wild babies

Yuckiest meal

Baby koalas eat their mother’s poo!

The poo contains bacteria that will

help the baby eat hard-to-digest

gum leaves.

Biggest feet

Macropods, the group name for

kangaroos and wallabies, means ‘big

footed’.

Cutest name

Baby echidnas are called ‘puggles’.

WIN a Wild prize!

To celebrate the launch of the new

Wild Babies stamps, the Australasian

Zoos and Aquaria are giving Stamp

Gang members the chance to win

one of 50 fantastic Wild Babies prize

packs including the Wild Babies

stamps, T-shirt, book and Wild Babies

artbox! Plus winners will also receive

a family zoo pass valid at any of the

venues listed at right!* Each prize pack

is valued at $95. All you need to do

is draw your very own Wild Babies

birthday party. Send your entry to

Wild Babies/Zoo Competition,

Locked Bag 3300

KEW VIC 3101 by 9 November.

Most homes

Each wombat visits between one

and four burrows each night…and

up to thirteen burrows over a period

of weeks.

Super dads

Male emus incubate and look after

their chicks. The females abandon

their eggs once they are laid.

Noisiest eggs

Baby saltwater crocodiles call out

from inside their eggs while they

are hatching.

Don’t forget to include your name,

age, address and membership number.

ACT: National Zoo and Aquarium

NSW: Taronga Zoo; Western Plains Zoo

VIC: Melbourne Zoo; Victoria’s Open

Range Zoo; Healesville Sanctuary;

Ballarat Wildlife Park; Pearcedale

Conservation Park

SA: Adelaide Zoo

QLD: Brisbane’s Alma Park Zoo

*Valid venues at time of print.

Additional venues to be confirmed.

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Stamp collecting

is wild, baby!

The beautiful Wild ild Babies stamps

were painted by popular illustrator

Roland Harvey.

Wild Babies illustrator

Roland is well known for his

fantastically funny children’s books

such as Belvedere and Sick As – Bloody

Moments in the History of Medicine Medicine.

‘I I wanted to create a very

Australian scene that would keep

people looking for details’, said

Roland. ‘I had a lot of fun creating

the Wild Babies characters, and I

hope that everyone who sees the

stamps will enjoy them too. too.’

Did you know?

Wild ild Babies are not the first stamps stamps

Roland Harvey has designed. He created

three stamp designs released by Australia

Post in 1988: the Joint Bicentennial Issue

with the USA; the Joint Bicentennial

Issue with New Zealand and the 40c

Recreation stamp in the 26 stamp Living

Together range (not pictured).

Visit the National al Phil Philatelic Centre

during Stamp Collecting Month

Young collectors – prized possessions

15 September – 25 November 2001

Collections reflect the culture and era

in which they are amassed. This exhibit

explores the definition of what is

collectable and celebrates the

imagination of young collectors.

School Holiday Activities

Bookings 03 9204 7727

Time: ime: 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Where: Post Master Gallery

Cost: $5.00

2 October and 4 October Creating

and caring for your collection

3 October Displaying your stamp

3 October Displaying your stamp

collection

Wild Babies Ar Artbox

Check out the WWild

Babies

40 piece artbox! Includes

textas, pencils, crayons,

glue, eraser and

sharpener.

Available at

postal outlets.

$9.95

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Christmas 2001 Fabulous fungi

These Christmas stamps feature

illustrations from The Wharncliffe

Hours, an illustrated prayer book

which is one of the treasures of

the National Gallery of Victoria.

The book was made in France

more than 500 years ago, long

before the time of printing

presses. Every word was hand

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Kevin's Krunchies

Ask an adult to help you with this

easy but delicious recipe…then

invite your friends around for your

own WWild

Babies party!

• 1 3/4 cups toasted muesli

• 4 tablespoons honey

• 1/2 cup butter

NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA

2001

AUSTRALIA 45c

Preheat oven to 180°C. C. Melt butter

in a saucepan over low heat. Add

written and every picture was

drawn and coloured by hand.

The 40c stamp shows the three

wise men offering their gifts to

the baby Jesus. The 45c stamp

shows Mary, Joseph and baby

Jesus escaping from Judea into

Egypt.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA

Issue date 1 November 2001 Do your friends

a favour!

honey and bring to the boil slowly slowly,

boiling for 5 minutes until bubbly

and golden brown. Put the muesli in

a mixing bowl. Pour the butter and

honey mixture over the muesli and

mix until the muesli is well coated.

Spoon the mixture on to a greased

baking tray and bake for 5 minutes.

Leave the biscuits on the tray to cool

to room temperature.

Enjoy!

Who would ever have thought

that fungus could be beautiful!

These These stamps show two kinds of of

fungi that are commonly found

on Christmas Island, an Australian

Territory erritory in the Indian Ocean.

Fungi are plants that have no

flowers, leaves or chlorophyll

(the green colouring found in

most plants). plants). Unlike green plants, plants,

International

Tell your friends how

to join the Stamp Gang!

All they need to do is

send their name,

address and

date of birth to:

Stamp Explorer,

PO Box 4000,

FERNTREE GULLY

VIC 3156

CHRISTMAS ISLAND

2001

Chaetocalathus semisupinus

Australia $1

Are you new to Stamp Collecting?

The Stamp Collecting

Starter Kit is available

at postal outlets and the

Australian Philatelic Bureau.

which turn sunlight and carbon

dioxide into food, fungi obtain

their food from other other living

matter matter.

These colourful illustrations are

by Celia Rosser Rosser, , one of Australia Australia’s

leading botanical artists.

Issue date 25 October 2001

International

CHRISTMAS ISLAND

2001

Australia $1

Pycnoporus sanguineus

.50

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The wildest stuff around!

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WINNERS OF THE DRAW A BABY ANIMAL

YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE ON A

STAMP COMPETITION

Teesha Downton, NSW; Micaela Butland, VIC;

Johanna Simon, SA; Alyce Verey, VIC;

Anna-Clare O'Sullivan, VIC; William Hsiek, SA;

Georgia Verey, VIC; Joshua Beales, SA;

Anna McMillan, QLD; Samantha Walker, QLD;

Joshua Calran, NSW; Christopher Farewell, SA;

Brock Lahdensvo, QLD

WIN A COOL

MAG FOR A YEAR!

We have 30 subscriptions, 10

each of Comet, Explore and

Challenge magazines to give

away. To be in the running,

simply design your own

magazine cover. Include

your name, age, address and

membership number.

Send your entry to

Comet/Explore/Challenge

competition, Locked Bag 3300

KEW VIC 3101

by 9 November 2001.

WINNERS OF OUR

COLOUR ME IN COMPETITION

EXPLORER NO. 65

Kimberly Smith, SA; Flynn Fuller, QLD;

Khadi Wolf-Brooke, NSW; Simone Visser, SA

Oliver Molesworth, VIC; Jorden Ralph, VIC;

Charlie Whitehead, SA; H Smith, VIC;

James Howes, NSW; Abbey Jensen, WA;

Emma Miller, VIC; Kathy Burridge, NSW;

Cheyenne Burrell, NSW; Jen Jen Chung, NSW;

Leanne Versace, NSW; Natalie Brown, VIC;

Jesse Cheung, NSW; Vincent Grant, QLD;

Katherine Zahra, NSW; Elise May, SA;

Matt Snook, WA

Read all about health and safety,

outer space, and the sea; and

win fantastic prizes, in the

October issues of Australia’s

favourite kids’ magazines –

Comet (5–7 years), Explore

(8–10 years), and Challenge

(11–14 years). They’re jampacked

with interesting articles

and fun activities. To find out

how to subscribe, write (with

your name, age and address) to:

Magazine Subscriptions,

Pearson Education Australia, PO

Box 1024, South Melbourne

VIC 3205.

Sniffer’s

Hi gang

This Stamp Collecting Month is one of my most favourite ever: the Wild Babies are so

cute. Be sure to visit them at the Wild Babies web site at www.auspost.com.au/wildbabies

There’s a fantastic game, colouring in sheets, links and some fun things to do.

Have a happy Stamp Collecting Month!

Some of the winning entries fr from om our dra draw a baby y animal compitition.

Micaela Butland, FRANKSTON VIC

Teesha Downton, GERRINGONG NSW

Ann-Clare O'Sullivan, WARBURTON VIC Johanna Simon, BANKSIA PARK SA

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