Stamp Bulletin 351

Welcome to the first edition of the Stamp Bulletin for the New Year, which introduces a range of forthcoming stamp issues. This edition also offers a preview of the full list of products to be released on 18 January to honour the 2018 Australian Legends Award recipients. The award coincides with official Australia Day celebrations.

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This year we expect the Christmas Island Lunar New Year stamp issue, celebrating the Year of the Dog, to be particularly popular, as there are so many dog-lovers in the community. The $1 stamp will also be a P-stamp™ option for sending personalised Lunar New Year greetings to friends and family. The products with this stamp issue make a great gift for anyone born in the Year of the Dog.

In January, we release a stamp issue marking 150 years since convict transportation to Australia ceased. The stamp designs focus on key sites associated with this period of our history. Historical distance and reassessment of the past has meant that what was once considered a source of shame has now been embraced as part of our national story.

In mid-February the Banksias stamp issue presents a selection of these spectacular plants through the artwork of botanical artist Celia Rosser. Found in coastal areas, streetscapes and many backyards, these hardy plants are known for their bold flowers and dramatic foliage, which mean the banksia is often used as a feature plant in gardens.

The last stamp issue for the January–February period focuses on the sport of golf on Norfolk Island, enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. Also on the theme of sport, we look ahead to April, when all eyes will be on the Gold Coast as Australia hosts the 2018 Commonwealth Games. You’ll find details of the first collectables we are releasing to mark this event on page 8.

I look forward to the year ahead in all matters stamps, and to presenting you with a range of interesting collectables associated with our Australian stamp issues.

Michael Zsolt

Michael Zsolt