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In Chinese astrology 2002
will be the Year of the Horse.
You’ll love these colourful stamps!
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
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?
A screeching sulphur-crested
cockatoo chick and his dad dance
to the sounds of a brilliant bush
Kevin Koala is enjoying his
birthday feast; especially his
cake with pink gum-nut icing.
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
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!
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.
‘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.
The wildest stuff around!
Set of two mini sheets $2.70
Set of first day covers (mini sheets) $3.00
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.
ild Babies products are available from 2 October 2001.
Wild facts about wild babies
Baby koalas eat their mother’s poo!
The poo contains bacteria that will
help the baby eat hard-to-digest
Macropods, the group name for
kangaroos and wallabies, means ‘big
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.
Each wombat visits between one
and four burrows each night…and
up to thirteen burrows over a period
Male emus incubate and look after
their chicks. The females abandon
their eggs once they are laid.
Baby saltwater crocodiles call out
from inside their eggs while they
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
SA: Adelaide Zoo
QLD: Brisbane’s Alma Park Zoo
*Valid venues at time of print.
Additional venues to be confirmed.
is wild, baby!
The beautiful Wild ild Babies stamps
were painted by popular illustrator
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
2 October and 4 October Creating
and caring for your collection
3 October Displaying your stamp
3 October Displaying your stamp
Wild Babies Ar Artbox
Check out the WWild
40 piece artbox! Includes
textas, pencils, crayons,
glue, eraser and
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
Ask an adult to help you with this
easy but delicious recipe…then
invite your friends around for your
• 1 3/4 cups toasted muesli
• 4 tablespoons honey
• 1/2 cup butter
NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA
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
NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA
Issue date 1 November 2001 Do your friends
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.
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,
Tell your friends how
to join the Stamp Gang!
All they need to do is
send their name,
date of birth to:
PO Box 4000,
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
These colourful illustrations are
by Celia Rosser Rosser, , one of Australia Australia’s
leading botanical artists.
Issue date 25 October 2001
The wildest stuff around!
WINNERS OF THE DRAW A BABY ANIMAL
YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE ON A
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
Send your entry to
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:
Pearson Education Australia, PO
Box 1024, South Melbourne
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