Official issuer of New Zealand stamps & commemorative coins
Call: 06 262 7262
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy written and illustrated by Dame Lynley Dodd, this stamp issue showcases the original canine characters and story from the beloved book series. 

Hairy Maclary literally fell out of Lynley Dodd’s scrapbook. She recalls how, when looking for a new idea, a tiny sketch of a dog, drawn years earlier on a slip of notepaper, dropped out from between the pages.  

The original sketch would evolve over time into the dog we have come to know, but the essential elements were all there. With just a few strokes of her pen Lynley’s extraordinary ability to convey character, expression and movement brought Hairy Maclary to life. A star was born. 

Today, Hairy Maclary continues to be a much-loved character, both in New Zealand and around the world. 

Date of issue: 1 March 2023

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy

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