Australia Post champions Sustainable Development Goals
In January 2016, the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) came into effect. The SDGs provide a blueprint to put the world on a sustainable path to 2030 and to address pressing economic, social and environmental challenges.
Licensed stamp packs in June
In June, our licensed stamp pack releases feature favourites of the small and big screen, spanning animal characters (friendly and ferocious), a ground-breaking BBC series and a hit-movie anniversary.
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Welcome to the July edition of the Stamp Bulletin and to news about stamp issues and commemorative products being released over July and August. You can also receive details of new stamp issues by subscribing to our free monthly e-newsletter at auspostcollectables.com.au
Celebrating recent royal events
The year 2018 has been a year of royal celebrations. In April 2018, we marked the 92nd birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a floral-inspired stamp issue. The Birth of a Royal Baby stamp issue celebrates the birth of the fifth in line to the British throne. The 2018 stamp issue A Royal Wedding will commemorate the marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle, which occurred in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on 19 May 2018.
Australian bird stamps: past and present
From the Emu and Lyrebird stamps from the 1888–9 Centenary of NSW stamp issue to the two Finches of Australia stamp issues of 2018, birds have been a popular and evocative theme in the history of Australian stamps. Australian stamps have featured water birds, wetland birds and desert birds.
Licensed stamp packs in May
In the month of May we release two licensed stamp packs that showcase some popular heroines and heroes, Disney Princesses and Hans Solo Star Wars.
Commemorating battles at Coral and Balmoral
The Vietnam War was Australia’s longest military commitment of the 20th century. Participation began in 1962 when Australia sent an initial contingent of 30 military advisors to South Vietnam. In 1965 the size of the force increased with the deployment of a battalion. One year later the commitment increased further and was upgraded to a task force.
Street art becomes rural art
In the last few years some extraordinary artworks have appeared across Australia. The unlikely canvases for these works are the towering grain silos that dominate numerous small wheat-growing country towns.
Visit us at the 2018 Newcastle Stamp and Coin Expo
The Newcastle Philatelic Society celebrates its centenary in May 2018. As part of its centenary celebrations, the society is hosting a national philatelic exhibition from Friday 25 May to Sunday 27 May 2018 at the Newcastle Showground Exhibition Centre.
Special philatelic collectables in May and June
In May and June 2018, Australia Post is releasing several products that recognise important events and anniversaries.
Great savings on maxicards and first day covers!
Here’s your opportunity to pre-order first day covers and maxicards issued by Australia Post between April and June 2018, at a discounted rate.
Walkabout Wickets: from artwork to postmark
Kirrae Whurrong artist Fiona Clarke has been practising her craft for more than two decades, spanning painting on canvas and tapestry weaving, as well as public art installation and sculpture.
Commemorating the first cricket tour to England
The First Cricket Tour: 150 Years stamp issue , released on 1 May 2018, commemorates the first cricket tour of England by a team from Australia, which occurred 150 years ago in 1868. The 1868 tour was undertaken by a team of 13 Aboriginal cricketers, most of whom were Jardwadjali, Gunditjmara and Wotjobaluk men from the Western District of Victoria.
Norfolk Island Wrasses: the art of Roger Swainston
How does a young boy raised on a farm in the wheat-belt of Western Australia end up as one of the most renowned and prolific illustrators of marine life in the world? Roger Swainston can remember exactly what led him down this path...
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Welcome to another edition of the Stamp Bulletin. Our first stamp issue in May recognises a historic tour that took place 150 years ago. In 1868, a team of 13 Aboriginal cricketers travelled to England to play against local and county teams, becoming the first team from Australia to tour internationally.
The Queen Elizabeth Rose
This year’s Queen’s Birthday stamps feature a floral theme, with a particular focus on the Queen Elizabeth rose. The ‘Queen Elizabeth’ was released in 1954 to honour Her Majesty the Queen’s ascension to the British throne in 1952 and subsequent coronation in 1953.
War Memorials: Honouring those who serve
The Century of Service stamp series presents the Australian experience of war across the last century. The latest issue is War Memorials, released on 10 April 2018. It focuses on the various forms war memorials take and the different ways in which they express mourning and remembrance.
AFL and NRL 2018 stamp packs out now!
With the start of the 2018 AFL and NRL seasons comes a fantastic range of licensed stamp packs, one for each AFL and NRL team. Each striking pack design centres on the club logo. Each pack includes 20 $1 stamps as well as the club logo in the stamp tabs. The packs also contain a 2018 playing fixture or season draw for each club, which makes for a great way to stay organised during the footy season.
Lucy Osburn: The founder of modern Australian nursing
On 5 March 2018, Australia Post will release a pre-stamped envelope to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Lucy Osburn in Sydney on 5 March 1868, who is recognised as the founder of modern nursing in Australia.