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Australian Bicentenary

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This design was issued in both New Zealand and Australia to celebrate Australia's 1988 bicentenary. It was a humorous campfire scene showing a Kiwi and a Koala yarning over a cuppa, probably discussing the last cricket test series.

Issue information

New Zealand and the east coast of Australia were explored initially about the same time, in the late 1700s by Captain Cook. Australia's white settlement began 200 years ago (1788), a half century before New Zealand's and New Zealand was governed for a while from New South Wales. A friendship has grown between the two nations which has remained strong and unbroken. That friendship was cemented in World War I on the blood-soaked hills of Gallipoli, relying on each other even unto death.

New Zealand's gift to Australia to commemorate the bicentenary was a restored 12 metre gaff-rigged cutter, originally built in Auckland to represent New Zealand in the 1888 centennial regatta in Sydney.

Product listing for Australian Bicentenary

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp Single 40c 'Australian Bicentenary' gummed stamp. $0.40
First Day Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $0.48

Technical information

Date of issue: 21 June 1988
Designer: R Harvey, Melbourne
Printers: Leigh-Mardon, Australia
Stamp size: 35mm x 35mm
Sheet size:   50 stamps per sheet
Process: Lithography
Perforation gauge: 14.25
Paper type: Unwatermarked
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 21 June 1989.