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06 May 2008
12/2008
Commemorative Issue

Up, Up and Away

Australia
The 150th anniversary of the first successful flight of a hot air balloon in Australia is worth celebrating, as today ballooning in Australia has never been so popular. Each day, tourists enjoy exhilarating panoramas of Sydney, the Victorian Alps and the Northern Territory's MacDonnell Ranges from their eyries in the sky. In the national capital, the annual Canberra Balloon Fiesta showcases the teamwork, camaraderie and expertise of national and state ballooning clubs.

Background of ballooning in Australia

The honour of being the first to fly a hot air balloon in Australia belongs to William Dean who successfully flew 13 kilometres across Melbourne on 1 February 1858. Dean followed up his triumph by flying across Sydney Harbour in December of the same year.

In an age when travelling by ship took months, Dr William Bland (1789-1868) of Sydney invented an Atmotic Ship that would be able to fly from Sydney to London in less than a week. The 60-metre ship consisted of a hydrogen-filled balloon and four propellers - two propelled by steam and two by atmospheric pressure; a clever idea given the huge distances the ship was expected to fly.

During the 1850s William exhibited models of the ship in London. Despite his best efforts, the Atmotic Ship was never built. Australians would have to wait until the 20th century to fly to London.

Balloons over Sydney (NSW)  

Balloons over Sydney (NSW)

Balloons over Mt Feathertop (Vic)  

Balloons over Mt Feathertop (Vic)

Balloons over Canberra (ACT)  

Balloons over Canberra (ACT)

Balloons over the Western MacDonnell Ranges (NT)  

Balloons over the Western MacDonnell Ranges (NT)

Technical Information

Issue Date: 2008-05-06
FDI Withdrawal Date: 2008-06-03
Denominations: Four x 50c
Designer: Beth McKinlay
Printer: Energi Print
Printer (self-adhesive): McKellar Renown
Paper: Tullis Russell
Paper (self-adhesive): B100
Printing Process: Lithography
Size: 37.5mm x 26mm
Performations: 13.86 x 14.6
Sheet Layout: 50/two panes of 25
Special Feature: Se-tenant four
National Postmark: Ayr, Qld 4807
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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