Welcome to the September edition of the Stamp Bulletin, which includes a nostalgic look at motorcycles from a bygone era. Since their appearance in the 19th century, motorcycles have been a popular mode of transport, although of course today’s vehicles have undergone significant developments in design, engine power and safety.

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The stamps in the Vintage Motorcycles stamp issue present four motorcycles predating World War II that were constructed or conceived in Australia.

In this edition we also present three collectables to mark the Invictus Games taking place in Sydney from 20 to 27 October. This international, adaptive, multi-sport event created by Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, is designed to allow wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans to participate in a range of sports.

Also in September we feature cruise ship tourism to Norfolk Island. The population on the small Pacific island can almost double during peak tourist season, with many visitors drawn to the island’s history, including the World Heritage–listed convict buildings. We also celebrate 30 years of important Antarctic service by the icebreaker RSV Aurora Australis. The distinctive orange ship, launched in 1989, undertakes important scientific research and is the primary transport between Australia and the AAT. Aurora Australis will soon be replaced by a new custom-built icebreaker with state-of-the-art facilities.

In this edition we present part four of the popular Fair Dinkum Aussie Alphabet stamp series with the letters E, O, X, Y and Z. How many quirky Aussie words and phrases can you identify? The stamps are a lot of fun for general and social mail users wishing to add a little Australian humour to the mail.

Australia Post will host a double stand at the Macau 2018 35th Asian International Stamp Exhibition in September. We’ll be offering a range of products and also presenting the print capabilities of our production arm, Sprintpak. While I’m there, I hope to catch up with many of you so please call by the stand if you are attending.

This content was produced at the time of the Stamp Bulletin publication date and will not be updated.

Michael Zsolt