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26 June 2009
11/2009
Commemorative Issue

Australia Post - 200 Years - Australia's Favourite Stamps

Australia
2009 marks 200 years of postal services in Australia. In this very special year, Australia Post invited the public to vote for its favourite Australian stamp. The public was invited to choose from 150 stamps representing Australian culture and heritage, major events and significant achievements since the first stamps were issued by New South Wales in 1850.

The Results
The results, in order of popularity, were: £2 Kangaroo and Map (1913-38), followed by the 5s Opening of Sydney Harbour Bridge (1932), the 2½d Peace and Victory (1946), the 8½d Gwoya Jungarai, "One Pound Jimmy" (1950), and the 6d Kookaburra (1914).

£2 Kangaroo and Map (1913-38)  

£2 Kangaroo and Map (1913-38)

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The £2 Kangaroo and Map stamp was originally issued in 1913 as part of the first uniform issue of stamps by the Commonwealth of Australia. It caused considerable controversy, as it did not include a portrait of the reigning British monarch.

5s Opening of Sydney Harbour Bridge (1932)  

5s Opening of Sydney Harbour Bridge (1932)

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The public's second choice was the Opening of Sydney Harbour Bridge issued in 1932. The "Five Bob Bridge", as the stamp became affectionately known, has long been an elusive item for generations of collectors. The stamp design is unusually free of embellishment to emphasise the bridge's size and this is reinforced by the tiny image of R.M.S. Orford, one of the passenger liners on the Australia-England run, passing underneath the bridge.

2½d Peace and Victory (1946)  

2½d Peace and Victory (1946)

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The third choice, the 2½d Peace and Victory issued in 1946, features a seven-pointed star and wreath, the star representing the Australian states and territories, and was issued to celebrate the end of World War II.

8½d Gwoya Jungarai,  

8½d Gwoya Jungarai, 'One Pound Jimmy' (1950)

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The 8½d Gwoya Jungarai, often known as "One Pound Jimmy", issued in 1950 was the public's next choice. Gwoya Jungarai was a member of the Walbiri tribe of Central Australia.

6d Kookaburra (1914)  

6d Kookaburra (1914)

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The fifth choice was the 6d Kookaburra issued in 1914. It was part of a new series designed to replace the Kangaroo and Map stamps.

Technical Information

Issue Date: 2009-06-26
FDI Withdrawal Date: 2009-07-24
Denominations: 5 x 55c
Designer: Jo Mure, Australia Post Design Studio
Printer: Energi Print/Pemara/McKellar
Paper: Tullis Russell
Paper (self-adhesive): B90
Printing Process: Lithography
Size: 37.5mm x 26mm
Performations: 13.86 x 14.6
Sheet Layout: Modules of 50
Special Feature: Decorative gutter, simulated watermark
National Postmark: Sydney, NSW 2000
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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