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.

Products released in this issue

  • Minisheet
  • First day cover (blank, gummed, minisheet)
  • Stamp pack
  • Maxicards
  • Postal numismatic covers (x 2)

Technical specifications

Issue date
21 August 2018
Issue withdrawal date
28 February 2019
2 x $1
Stamp design
Mary Callahan
Product design
John White, Australia Post Design Studio
Printer - gummed
RA Printing
Paper - gummed
Tullis Russell
Printing process
Offset lithography
Stamp size
37.5mm x 26mm
Minisheet size
135mm x 80mm
13.86 x 14.6
Sheet layout
Module of 50
FDI postmark
Homebush NSW 2140
FDI withdrawal date
19 September 2018

Stamps in this issue

$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 Wonderfulby 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.

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