Welcome to our final edition of the Stamp Bulletin for 2018. By now you would have received news of the special stamp issued to celebrate the amazing record of 26 consecutive race wins recently set by Australian champion mare, Winx.

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This edition contains information on the range of Winx products released. You can also pre-order the Winx medallion cover and special “26 Wins” sheetlet pack to be released in October.

Also presented are three new international stamp designs for the forthcoming new letter rates, and a sheetlet of five Drought Relief stamps, the sale of which will help those so badly affected by drought. Released in September, each booklet of five stamps sold will provide a $2 donation to our farming communities through Rural Aid Limited. These booklets are only available while stocks last.

A single base-rate stamp marks the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle earlier in the year, and a set of five stamps represents the final issue of our five-year program commemorating the Great War of 1914–1918. On 11 November 1918, the Armistice of Compiègne was signed. The end of the Great War also meant the return of Australian soldiers, and a repatriation program was introduced. Two stamps mark the centenary of the Repatriation Department, now known as the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

The construction of the original Macquarie Lighthouse 200 years ago has inspired the Lighthouses of Sydney stamp issue.

Our Christmas stamp issues will suit religious observation as well as simple seasonal greetings. The designs for Christmas Island Christmas present a modern-day “surfing Santa” competing against a Red-footed Booby to bring in the Christmas cheer. The range of collectable gift ideas with this edition includes our annual collections of the year’s stamps. Always great value, the collection of gummed stamps includes an exclusive minisheet based on the popular Australian Finches stamp series.

NOTE: Thailand 2018 World Stamp Exhibition minisheet image error
An incorrect image was used in the October-December Australian Stamp Bulletin for the Day 4 Thailand 2018 World Stamp Exhibition minisheet. The correct image features 3 x $1 Beautiful Firetail stamps from the Finches of Australia stamp issue released 5 June 2018.

This article was produced at the time of publication and will not be updated.

Michael Zsolt