Hello Collectors

Welcome to the first edition of the Stamp Bulletin for 2021. We’re excited to present new stamp issues and philatelic products across a number of themes, including a special self-adhesive sheetlet of MyStamps to support the Let’s Melbourne Again initiative. This initiative seeks to encourage people back to the Melbourne CBD, following the recent, extensive period of lockdown due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In early January, Lunar New Year celebrations for the Year of the Ox 2021 will be marked with the release of three stamps. Our range of Year of the Ox collectables, perfect for gift-giving or as keepsakes, include gold minisheets, a prestige booklet and a zodiac calendar sheetlet pack, as well as an Australia-China joint stamp pack featuring gummed stamps from both countries.

Our new stamps for special occasions, Memorable Moments, will enhance your invitations and cards, whether for weddings, birthdays or well-wishes. There’s also the opportunity to select your own 2021 postmark date on our Happy Birthday postal numismatic cover, for a truly personalised gift. (See details on page 15.)

In February, we commemorate the centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force, which traces its history back to the Australian Flying Corps, which formed in 1912. The designs present early and modern aircraft: the 1921-era SE5A bi-plane and the RAAF’s newest air combat aircraft, the F-35A Lightning II.

Two species of land reptile, a skink and a gecko, feature in the stamp issue Norfolk Island Lizards. These interesting creatures inhabit Phillip Island, of the Norfolk Island group, rather than the main island.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you, our collectors, for your patience and understanding during Victoria’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic restrictions. We continue to work hard to meet the needs of our collectors and communities, as we head into a new year.

Michael Zsolt

Manager, Philatelic, Australia Post

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