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

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.

Shop our stamp and coin collectables

Set of stamps


Stamp pack

Maxicard set

Additional products

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

Technical specifications

  • Issue date

    21 August 2018
  • FDI withdrawal date

    19 September 2018
  • Denominations

    2 x $1
  • Stamp design

    Mary Callahan
  • Product design

    John White
  • Printer: gummed

    RA Printing
  • Paper: gummed

    Tullis Russell
  • Stamp size

    37.5mm x 26mm
  • Minisheet size

    135mm x 80mm
  • Printing process

    Offset lithography
  • Perforations

    13.86 x 14.6
  • FDI postmark

    Homebush NSW 2140
  • Sheet layout

    Module of 50
  • Issue withdrawal date

    28 February 2019
*This content was produced at the time of the stamp issue release date and will not be updated.

Philatelic team