Children’s Bush Classics
Release date: 21 August 2018
Two iconic Australian children’s novels are celebrating their centenary in 2018: The Magic Pudding, by Norman Lindsay (1879–1969), and the first of the Snugglepot and Cuddlepie series, Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie: Their Adventures Wonderful, by May Gibbs (1877–1969). The Australian bush infuses the colourful characters and lively illustrations of these much-loved stories, neither of which has been out of print.
Discover more about the stories, authors and centenary celebrations in our blog article
The stamps, designed by Mary Callahan, focus on the original publications of 1918.
$1 The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay
The Magic Pudding concerns a cantankerous pudding named Albert. Albert is magic in the sense that no matter how much of him is eaten, he will regenerate. Bunyip Bluegum (a Koala), Sam Sawnoff (a penguin) and Bill Barnacle (a sailor) are members of the Noble Society of Puddin’-Owners. However, when the nasty pudding thieves (a possum and a wombat) attempt to capture Albert, chaos ensues.
$1 Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie: Their Adventures Wonderful by May Gibbs
Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie: Their Adventures Wonderful tells the whimsical tales of two little gumnut foster brothers who set out to see a human for themselves. They’ve heard that humans are strong and fierce. However, after witnessing a human rescuing a possum caught in a trap, they realise that humans are actually capable of great kindness.