Stamp Bulletin 353

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.

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Types of cloud and their features are the subject of our Cloudscapes stamp issue, also being released in May. Every cloud belongs to one of 10 main groups, each telling an important story about the physical processes taking place in the atmosphere. These stamp designs present dramatic photographs of cloud formations presented over three Australian states.

We mark the 90th anniversary of the 1928 Trans-Pacific flight by Charles Kingsford-Smith and Charles Ulm with the release of a pre-paid envelope, and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battles of Coral and Balmoral (Vietnam) with a pre-paid envelope and a postal and numismatic cover.

A companion stamp issue to the previously released Finches of Australia will be released in June. It presents a further three species of these small and often-colourful birds. Included is the Gouldian Finch, often regarded as the most beautiful of Australia’s finches.

If you’ve ever wondered how magnificent Australia can look from above, Art in Nature may provide the answer. The four stamps of this issue showcase the Australian landscape in all its glory, through artful examples of aerial photography.

The final stamp issue, released in June, presents the Cocos (Keeling) Islands art of basket weaving. This traditional craft provided receptacles for storing and transferring food and flowers, and is still performed today to create household storage and to cook and present food. Public basket weaving displays are conducted for visitors to Home Island.

This edition also presents a great new range of stamp packs and postcards.

Michael Zsolt

Michael Zsolt