On This DayAustralia
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 (9/2014)
Commemorative Issue: Centenary of WWI: 1914
This stamp issue is the first in a five-year series that commemorates World War I, the first war in which Australians fought not as colonial soldiers but as Australians. Together the five issues will tell a chronological story of the war, with each issue relating to the centenary year in which it is released.
Britain declared war on Germany on 4 August 1914, and so the designs in this first commemorative stamp issue relate to Australia's part in the first months of the war – from war's declaration to the troops' arrival in Egypt. The design treatment mimics newspaper reportage, one of the primary means through which news of the war was circulated.
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.