|This is the first in a four-year program of stamps celebrating the centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE). The AAE left Hobart in December 1911 under the command of
Douglas Mawson and returned to Adelaide in February 1914.
The series will be made up of five stamps issued each year until 2014 using the overall themes of departure and journey, arrival and exploration, science and triumphant return. The initial five stamp strip shows the key moments in the departure of the AAE
from Hobart and the journey to the Antarctic.
After departing Hobart in the Aurora, captained by John King Davis, the AAE landed at Macquarie Island where it established a radio camp. The party then continued its voyage to the
Antarctic continent, arriving at Cape Denison, the main base of the AAE and referred to as the birthplace of Australia