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14 June 2011
14/2011
Commemorative Issue

Royal Australian Navy 1911-2011

Australia
From settlement in 1788 to 1859, Australia depended on units detached from the Royal Navy based in Sydney to provide naval defence. In 1859, Australia was established as a separate British Naval Station and, until 1913, a squadron of the Royal Navy was maintained in Australian waters. This Australian unit was to be paid for and controlled by the Australian Commonwealth and was to be eventually manned by Australian personnel.

In 1909 discussions held between the British Admiralty and Australian government resulted in the establishment of an Australian Fleet Unit consisting of at least a battle cruiser, three second-class cruisers, six destroyers, three submarines and a number of auxiliaries. The first units of this Navy, the destroyers HMA Yarra and Parramatta, reached Australian waters in November 1910 and in the following year on 10 July 1911, His Majesty King George V granted the title of

HMAS Australia  

HMAS Australia

HMAS Sydney (IV)  

HMAS Sydney (IV)

Technical Information

Issue date: 14 June 2011
Issue withdrawal date: 31 December 2011
FDI withdrawal date: 12 July 2011
Denominations: 2 x 60c
Stamp design: John White
Product design: John White
Printer: McKellar Renown
Paper - gummed: Tullis Russell
Paper - s/a: B100
Printing process: Lithography
Stamp size: 37.5mm x 26mm
Sheetlet size: 81mm x 59mm
Perforations: 13.86 x 14.6
Sheet layout: Sheetlet of 10
National postmark: HMAS Cerberus, VIC 3920
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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