The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research is Australia’s oldest medical research institute, celebrating 100 years of discoveries for humanity in 2015.

From modest beginnings at the former Melbourne Hospital on Lonsdale Street, the institute has become an icon of Australian medical research. Scientific leaders including Nobel laureate Sir Macfarlane Burnet, Sir Gustav Nossal and Professor Donald Metcalf have contributed to the institute’s reputation as a place that embodies excellence in medical research.

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute is a charity that focuses on understanding, preventing and treating cancers, immune disorders and infectious diseases. Institute researchers have made contributions that include developing snake antivenoms, pioneering the method for growing flu vaccines, and treating autoimmune diseases with drugs that suppress the body’s immune system.

The institute’s most significant achievement to date has been the discovery of blood hormones that boost infection-fighting white blood cell numbers after chemotherapy. This discovery has already benefitted more than 20 million cancer patients.

The institute has also been integral to the establishment of Australian institutions including the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories (now CSL Ltd) and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. The Commonwealth Serum Laboratories were housed within the institute when they were first established in 1916; and the institute collaborated with and expanded the Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service during World War II by establishing the blood storage and typing facilities that are the foundation of the blood donation, storage and typing services offered today by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research is an icon of Australian innovation, knowledge and service to the community and its centenary is an achievement all Australians can celebrate.


Nicholas Girling

Products released in this issue

  • Stamp (7 x 70c)
  • Sheetlet of 10
  • Cover (blank)
  • First day cover (gummed)
  • Sheetlet pack
  • Maxicard (1)
  • Prestige booklet

Technical specifications

Issue date
30 June 2015
Issue withdrawal date
31 December 2015
1 x 70c
Stamp design
Nicholas Girling
Product design
Simon Sakinofsky, Australia Post Design Studio
RA Printing
Paper - gummed
Tullis Russell
Printing process
Stamp size
26mm x 37.5mm
14.60 x 13.86
Sheet layout
Sheetlet of 10
FDI postmark
Parkville, VIC 3052
FDI withdrawal date
29 July 2015

Stamp in this issue

70c Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research 1915-2015

The design highlights current research at WEHI. On the right is represented Dr Tracy Putoczki. Dr Putoczki is interested in understanding how molecules called cytokines influence the cells that promote the growth and spread of cancers of the stomach, bowel and pancreas.

On the left is shown B cells (coloured) crawling within the fibrous network of a lymph node. B cells are a type of white blood cell that produces antibodies.

The spiral shape below represents the “double helix” of DNA (deoxyribose nucleic acid), a long molecule in the nucleus of cells that carries the genetic codes for the construction and operation of all living organisms.

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