|0:00||Video starts with panning to the gates of Caulfield Racecourse
|0:02||This is an Asia Pacific Stamp Exhibition, which is held annually in the Asia Pacific region.
|0:03||Michael Zsolt, Philatelic Manager, speaking on screen|
|0:05||Shot of people queuing to purchase stamp products followed by a time-lapse of the queue moving and then people walking through the Australia Post stand.
|0:08||It will house the largest collection of philatelic and numismatic collectables that Australia has seen since 2013.
|0:17||Well, Australia Post is, of course, the administrative body for postage stamps in Australia so we play a big part in sponsoring this event.|
|0:22||Video of some of the traders and products that they are offering for sale.
|0:25||We've got a number of different exhibits for everyone to come have a look at, and some of them are really quite exciting.
|0:32||First of all, we have a collection of classic Holden cars, and they are representative of some of the products, the limited edition products that we have actually on sale here.
||The video moves along some of the classic Holden cars displayed outside the venue
|0:40||Also, within the main Australia Post stand we have a collection of rare gemstones, which have been loaned to us from the Melbourne Museum, and examples of some of the beautiful precious gems that we've got on a number of the products that we've released for this program as well.
||This part of the video focus on the rare gemstones on display from Museums Victoria
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Melbourne 2017 Stamp Exhibition highlights
Some of the images from Melbourne 2017
A particular highlight of the event were the many and varied philatelic exhibits. There were 245 competitive exhibits, drawn from 19 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The competitive exhibits occupied 1,134 frames, this number constituting one side of the double-sided frames. Ten Large Gold and 26 Gold medals were awarded to the top-ranking exhibits. In addition, 21 distinguished exhibits were featured from the Grand Prix Club of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately, these exhibits being Grand Prix winners at previous FIAP exhibitions.
A special feature of the exhibition was “ROYALPEX 125”, comprising non-competitive exhibits contributed by members of the Royal Philatelic Society of Victoria. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the society’s foundation in 1892. Fifty exhibits were on display in the 150-frame ROYALPEX area.
“Early stamps of the Australian Antarctic Territory” was the theme of an eight-frame exhibit drawn from Australia Post’s National Philatelic Collection. The exhibit showcased the first seven AAT stamps issued between 1957 and 1961, all of which are recess (intaglio) printed stamps. The exhibit featured source photographs for the stamp designs, original stamp artwork, proofs printed from the engraved stamp dies and full sheets of the stamps. The choice of theme for the Australia Post exhibit was particularly appropriate, since the first AAT stamp was issued 60 years ago (27 March 1957).
It was wonderful to see the philatelic community and the general public come together in such a vibrant and positive atmosphere. Australia Post wishes to thank the exhibition organising committee and all of the national and international visitors who attended.