Colours of the AAT

Release date: 26 May 2015

Only two of the world's continents lie entirely within the Southern Hemisphere: Australia and Antarctica. Australia lies quite close to the equator, while Antarctica is situated about the South Geographic Pole.
Antarctica is almost entirely covered by an ice sheet. In extreme weather snow blizzards can cause whiteout, an optical phenomenon in which uniform light conditions effectively make it impossible to distinguish shadows, landmarks or the horizon. This can occur when the snow cover is unbroken and the sky is overcast. Whiteout is a serious hazard as it causes a loss of perspective and direction.

However, some beautiful effects can be observed. In the freezing dry atmosphere of the Australian Antarctic Territory frozen water vapour remains in the air as suspended ice crystals. The reflection of light on these crystals creates some spectacular atmospheric effects such as solar pillars, sun dogs and solar halos. These beautiful stamps demonstrate some of the amazing colours that can be observed in the Australian Antarctic Territory.

The Stamps

70c Violet (Mawson Vicinity 2011-12)
70c Blue (Casey Station 2007)
$1.40 Red (Casey Station 2007)
$1.40 Yellow (North of Davis Station)

Sunset over the Framnes Mountains

Technical Details

  • Issue date

    26 May 2015
  • FDI withdrawal

    24 June 2015
  • Denomination

    2 x 70c, 2 x $1.40 se-tenant pairs
  • Stamp design

    Jo Mure, Australia Post Design Studio
  • Product design

    Jo Mure, Australia Post Deign Studio
  • Printer

    RA Printing
  • Paper - gummed

    Tullis Russell
  • Printing process

  • Stamp size

    37.5mm x 26mm
  • Minisheet size

    135mm x 80mm
  • Perforations

    13.86 x 14.60
  • Sheet layout

    Module of 50
  • National postmark

    Kingston, Tas 7050
  • Issue withdrawal date

    30 November 2015


Jo Muré, Australia Post Design Studio

Additional Products

  • Stamp (2 x 70c, 2 x $1.40)
  • Minisheet
  • Cover (blank)
  • First day cover (gummed)
  • First day cover (minisheet)
  • Stamp pack
  • Maxicard (4)
  • Gutter (10 x 70c)
  • Gutter (10 x $1.40)
  • Medallion cover

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