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22 January 2015
3/2015
Commemorative Issue

Australian Legends: The Victoria Cross

Australia
The Victoria Cross is the highest honour that can be bestowed for acts of valour "in the presence of the enemy".

In 1991 the Victoria Cross for Australia was instituted and subsequently awarded to the four other Legends for acts including "conspicuous gallantry" during the conflict in Afghanistan.

Keith Payne VC OAM (b. 1933)  

Keith Payne VC OAM (b. 1933)

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Keith Payne VC OAM (b. 1933) received his Victoria Cross under the imperial honours system in 1970 for "conspicuous gallantry" in Vietnam.

Mark Donaldson VC (b. 1979)  

Mark Donaldson VC (b. 1979)

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In 2009

Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG (b. 1978)  

Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG (b. 1978)

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In 2011

Dan Keighran VC (b. 1983)  

Dan Keighran VC (b. 1983)

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In 2012

Cameron Baird VC MG (1981–2013)  

Cameron Baird VC MG (1981–2013)

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In 2014. Cameron Baird, who received the Victoria Cross for Australia posthumously, is the 100th Australian to be awarded a Victoria Cross. He has been honoured as an Australian Legend as a mark of respect to his courage and to that of all 100 VC recipients.

Technical Information

Issue date: 22 January 2015
Issue withdrawal date: 31 December 2015
FDI withdrawal date: 20 February 2015
Denominations: 5 x 70c
Stamp & product design: Lunette Traynor
Printer: McKeller Renown
Paper: Tullis Russell
Printing process: Lithography
Stamp size: 26mm x 37.5mm
Minisheet size: 135mm x 80mm
Perforations: 13.86 x 14.6
Sheet layout: Module of 50
National postmark: Canberra, ACT 2600
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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