Entertainment Legends Awards (Australia 2018)

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Australian TV entertainment greats celebrated in this year’s Australia Post Legends Awards

18th January 2018 — Five of Australia’s much loved television personalities will today be honoured in Australia Post’s 2018 Legends Awards to celebrate their significant contribution to the country’s entertainment industry.

This year’s legends – Denise Drysdale, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Ray Martin AM, Bert Newton AM MBE and Daryl Somers OAM – will each have their image featured on new postage stamps, which will form part of the 2018 Legends of TV Entertainment stamp series.

Australia Post Managing Director and Group CEO, Christine Holgate, said all of the award recipients have demonstrated imagination, perseverance and compassion throughout their distinguished entertainment careers.

“Each of these multi-award winning television personalities have made unique contributions to the Australian entertainment industry and have played a role in forming our national popular culture,” Ms Holgate said.

“They are consummate performers who have entertained, informed and entranced generations of Australians. Together they encompass an incredible range of remarkable talents including journalism, variety hosting, interviewing, singing, acting and comedy.”

Now in its 22nd year, the Australia Post Legends Award celebrates the lives of living Australians who have made a unique contribution, inspired the community and influenced the way Australians think about themselves and the community.

Past recipients have included Sir Donald Bradman, Dame Joan Sutherland, Barry Humphries, Medical Scientists, Legends of Philanthropy, Fashion Legends, Legends of the Screen, Legends of Cooking, and Legends of Singles Tennis. A complete list of past recipients can be found at auspost.com.au/legends.

The 2018 Australia Post Legends will be honoured at official Australia Day Council events hosted in Melbourne and Sydney, with the first luncheon taking place in Melbourne today. Each Legend will be presented with a unique 24-carat gold replica of their stamp at the luncheon.

The 2018 Legends of TV Entertainment will feature on a $1 stamp, a first day cover, stamp pack, maxicards, and booklet pack for collectors.

The stamps and associated products are available at participating Post Offices, via mail order phone 1800 331 794, and online at auspost.com.au/stamps from 18 January 2018 while stocks last.

Convict History (Australia 2018)

Australia Post is this month commemorating the 150th anniversary since the last convict transport ship docked in Australia, with the release of three new stamps.

Australia Post Philatelic Manager Michael Zsolt said the stamp issue depicted three former penal colonies — New South Wales, Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) and Swan River (Western Australia).

“We trust Australian history buffs and those with a convict family connection will find this stamp issue of great interest,” Mr Zsolt said.

From the first days of penal transportation to the Australian colonies, the forced labour of convicts formed part of a penal system that would help build thriving settlements.

The two domestic base-rate ($1) and one international rate ($3) stamps were designed by Tim Hancock of Melbourne-based design studio Backpack.

  • The NSW Colony stamp (above) features the heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney – the first government-built convict barracks. Opened in 1819, it served as a principal depot for male convicts in NSW until 1848. The stamp design also shows the ticket of leave, dispensed for good behaviour, issued to William Anson in 1828 and a lithograph of a Sydney chain gang.
  • The Van Diemen’s Land stamp (right) represents the World Heritage-listed Port Arthur – a penal settlement for men and operated from 1830 to 1877. The penitentiary is one of the site’s most recognisable buildings. The stamp design also features a graphic of a convict love token, which is believed to relate to John Camplin, a 15-year-old convicted of stealing a silver watch, who received the death penalty, which was later commuted to life imprisonment.
  • The Swan River Colony stamp (below) depicts the end of the convict transportation era. The Hougoumont was the last convict ship to sail to Australia, carrying 279 prisoners to the Swan River Colony in 1868. The stamp shows the Convict Establishment, built in the early 1850s with convict labour, and later known as Fremantle Prison. The stamp design also shows a fragment of text from The Wild Goose, a newspaper written by the Irish political prisoners aboard the Hougoumont.

The products associated with this stamp issue are a first day cover, stamp pack, maxicard set of three, postal numismatic cover, sheetlet of five $3 self-adhesive stamps, booklet of 10 x $1 stamps and a roll of 100 x $1 self-adhesive stamps.

The Convict Past stamp issue is available from participating Post Offices, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online at auspost.com.au/stamps while stocks last.

Year of The Dog (Australia 2018)

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Australia Post celebrates the Year of the Dog

Australia Post will celebrate the Year of the Dog with the release of two Lunar New Year stamps.

Australia Post stamp designer Dani Poon said the stamp issue features traditional Chinese designs and customs, in the hope of giving everyone an opportunity to send wishes of good fortune and health to family and friends, both here and overseas

Ms Poon said she used paper cut motifs, a popular form of Chinese art, to represent the Dog in the $1 stamp. The Chinese calligraphic character for the Dog is shown in the $3 stamp.

“People born under the Dog zodiac sign possess the best traits of human nature. They are intelligent, honest, loving, loyal and quick learners, who hold much of their thought process deep inside,” Ms Poon said.

“The dog minisheet is one of my favourites because it illustrates the dog’s personality traits in such a dynamic, quirky and fun way – rice seeds in the shape of a dog gliding in the sky. While the $1 stamp portraits a loyal dog with the traditional Chinese motifs, the $3 stamp uses a more modern approach.”

The Dog is the 11th sign in the Chinese Zodiac and is a symbol of independence, sincerity, courage and intelligence, as well as loyalty and friendship. Famous people born in the Year of the Dog include Prince William, Dame Judi Dench, Glenn McGrath, Adam Hills and Billy Thorpe.

A highlight of this stamp issue is a special silk minisheet pack, finished with gold foil detailing and where one of the three sheets in the pack is printed on silk. A 999.9 pure gold replica Year of the Dog minisheet in a presentation case is also a highly collectable part of the range.

This year sees the introduction of a new product into the range that will appeal to the young and the young at heart, The Peanuts Year of the Dog stamp pack, which includes a sheetlet of 10 x $1 Year of the Dog 2018 stamps without foiling. Snoopy, the much-loved dog from the Peanuts comic strip, originally created by Charles M Schulz (1922-2000), is featured in the tabs of the stamps.

Other products associated with this stamp issue are a minisheet, zodiac sheetlet, first day cover, stamp pack, postcard, prestige booklet, customisable $1 stamp in the Personalised Stamps™ range, gutter strip of 10 x $1 stamps with design, domestic and international postage paid envelopes, medallion cover, Chinese New Year Dragon postal numismatic cover and a Lunar New Year of the Dog postal numismatic cover.