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23 January 2008
2/2008
Commemorative Issue

Australian Legends of Philanthropy

Australia
The Australia Post Australian Legends Award allows us to recognise the contributions that outstanding living individuals have made to our national character and identity. This year's award honours five remarkable philanthropists. Without the generosity and support of philanthropists, many deserving organisations and individuals within the Australian community would not be able to operate and achieve the outcomes that they do.

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE  

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE

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Dame Elisabeth Murdoch is Patron of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and a life governor of the Royal Women's Hospital. She supports 110 charitable organisations annually.

Born Elisabeth Greene, she married Keith (later Sir Keith) Murdoch in 1928 and soon became involved with numerous community organisations, including the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. In 1963 she was awarded a Dame Commander Order of the British Empire and in 1968 an honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of Melbourne in acknowledgement of her contribution to research, the arts and philanthropy.

Victor Smorgon AC and Loti Smorgon AO  

Victor Smorgon AC and Loti Smorgon AO

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An industrialist and philanthropist, Victor Smorgon immigrated to Australia from Ukraine in 1927. Smorgon ran a kosher butchery with his two brothers and over the ensuing decades they built a vast family business empire encompassing steel, meat, paper, plastics, forestry and commercial property.

The Smorgons

Lady (Mary) Fairfax AC OBE  

Lady (Mary) Fairfax AC OBE

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Lady (Mary) Fairfax was born Marie Wein in Warsaw, Poland, immigrating to Australia with her parents in the late 1920s. She became a business woman, the owner of several dress shops in Sydney and married a family law solicitor Cedric Symonds. Her second marriage, to Warwick Fairfax in 1959, produced three children.

Lady (Mary) Fairfax was awarded an AC in 2005 for her services to the community. Her work through a wide range of social and economic activities includes medical research and health care, and the preservation of diverse cultural heritage. In 2002 Lady (Mary) Fairfax announced an intention to set up a $500,000 trust fund with the University of Sydney to aid the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre and the following year donated $1million to the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.

Frank Lowy AC  

Frank Lowy AC

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Recently named by the Bulletin magazine as the most influential figure in Australian business, Frank Lowy came from humble beginnings. Lowy was a Holocaust survivor and left Eastern Europe in 1946. He managed to study accounting at night while working with Palestine

Technical Information

Issue Date: 2008-01-23
FDI Withdrawal Date: 2008-02-20
Denominations: Four x 50c se-tenant
Designer: John White, Australia Post Design Studio
Printer: SEP Sprint
Paper: Tullis Russell
Paper (self-adhesive): B90
Printing Process: Lithography
Size: 26mm x 37.5mm
Performations: 14.6 x 13.86
Sheet Layout: 50 (two panes of 25)
Special Feature: Strip of four
National Postmark: Hope Valley SA
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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