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22 January 2015
2/2015
Miniature Sheet

The First Victoria Cross - Minisheet

Australia
This issue commemorates the first Victoria Cross awarded to an Australian. The Victoria Cross was instituted by Queen Victoria in 1856 to honour conspicuous bravery during the Crimean War, but was not awarded to an Australian until the Second Boer War of 1899–1902. During this conflict, in which Australians fought alongside South African and British forces, five Australians were honoured with a Victoria Cross, the first being Captain Neville Howse.

The stamp design of this stamp issue is based on an original one penny (1d) stamp issued by the colony of Victoria in May 1900 to raise funds for the Patriotic Fund for the Boer War. The design, which arose from a public competition, was modelled on the Victoria Cross medal. The medal is in the form of a bronze pattee bearing the crown of St Edward surmounted by a lion, the emblem of the British royal family, and the inscription "FOR VALOUR".

The First Victoria Cross  

The First Victoria Cross

Technical Information

Issue date: 22 January 2015
Issue withdrawal date: 31 December 2015
FDI withdrawal date: 20 February 2015
Denominations: 1 x 70c, 1 x $5.00
Stamp design: Simone Sakinofsky
Product design: Simone Sakinofsky
Printer: McKeller Renown
Paper: Tullis Russell
Printing process: Lithography
Stamp size: 37.5mm x 26mm
Minisheet size: 135mm x 80mm
Perforations: 13.86 x 14.6
Sheet layout: Module of 24
National postmark: Melbourne, Vic 3000
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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