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01 June 2004
9/2004
Commemorative Issue

Bon Voyage

Australia
The stamps and associated products in this Bon Voyage issue beautifully capture the mystique and allure of 20th century ocean liner travel to and from Australia.

The designs draw on stylish artwork from original advertising posters to evoke the romance and excitement associated with ocean travel.

The four stamps in this issue give us a glimpse of tourist ships in the early to mid 20th century. Many fabulous posters were designed from the 1920s advertising the delights of ocean travel. During this period Australia was a destination for many, including migrants, and more adventurous travellers from Europe. At the same time Australians were increasingly travelling abroad, particularly to the United Kingdom.

<i>Awatea</i>, Union Steam Ship Company  

Awatea, Union Steam Ship Company

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The Awatea was launched in 1936 and plied the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand. At the outbreak of WWII it was drafted into war service as a troop carrier and was attacked and sunk in the Mediterranean in 1942.

The poster by Fowler is from the National Library of Australia (NLA) collection.

<i>Ormonde & Orsova</i>, Orient Line  

Ormonde & Orsova, Orient Line

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The Ormonde and Orsova, built in 1917 and 1909 respectively, were both converted to

The Bay Ships, Aberdeen & Commonwealth Line  

The Bay Ships, Aberdeen & Commonwealth Line

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The Aberdeen & Commonwealth Line, which was formed in 1933, operated five vessels known as

<i>Dominion Monarch</i>, Shaw Savill Lines  

Dominion Monarch, Shaw Savill Lines

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The Dominion Monarch was one of the Shaw Savill Lines

Technical Information

Issue date ....................... 1 June 2004
Denominations ................ One each 50c, $1.00, $1.45, $2.00
Designer ........................ Melinda Coombs
Stamp size ...................... 26 x 37.5 mm
Prestige booklet size ........ 156 X 104 mm
Perforations .................... 14.6 x 13.85
Printer (all) ..................... SNP Sprint
Paper (gummed) ............. Tullis Russell
Paper (self-adhesive) ....... B100
Printing process .............. Lithography
Sheet layout .................... Modules of 50, two panes of 25
National postmark ........... Port Melbourne VIC 3207
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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