Centenary of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Release date: 30 June 2016

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.


The Stamps

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.

Technical Details

  • Issue date

    30 June 2015
  • FDI withdrawal

    29 July 2015
  • Denomination

    1 x 70c
  • Stamp design

    Nicholas Girling
  • Product design

    Simon Sakinofsky, Australia Post Design Studio
  • Printer

    RA Printing
  • Paper - gummed

    Tullis Russell
  • Printing process

  • Stamp size

    26mm x 37.5mm
  • Perforations

    14.6 x 13.86
  • Sheet layout

    Sheelet of 10
  • National postmark

    Parkville, Vic 3052
  • Issue withdrawal date

    31 December 2015


Nicholas Girling

Additional Products

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

*This content was produced at the time of the stamp issue release date and will not be updated.