Wednesday, July 29, 2009

An awesome cover from Australia!

G'day! Here is an awesome cover sent from New South Wales, Australia by an eBayer.

The beautiful stamp franked on the left of the cover depicts the famous Sydney Fish Market. It belongs to a set of 5 stamps from the "Market Feast" series. Issued on 24th July 2007, it features five markets from across Australia and while celebrating market culture it also advocates healthy eating. The other stamps in this set feature Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, Rusty's Market in Cairns, Adelaide Central Market and Hume Murray Farmers' Market in Albury Wodonga.

Sydney Fish Market is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and is the world's second largest seafood market in terms of variety outside of Japan, SFM auctions over 100 species daily. It is estimated that some 14,000 tonnes of fish are sold each year through the Sydney Fish Market. This traditional fishermen's market was established at Haymarket in 1945 and moved to Pyrmont in 1966. It is also a working fishing port.

Next on the cover is a set of 5 lovely stamps issued on 16th April 2008 to commemorate Anzac Day. The stamp series depicts Australians showing their respect on the remembrance day.

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, and is commemorated by both countries on 25th April every year to honour members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I.

On that fateful day 25th April 1915, the ANZAC forces were landed on what is now known as ANZAC Cove, the landing was the wrong bay and instead of a gently sloping bay the attacking forces were faced with a very steep cliff which was well defended by the Ottoman forces at the top.

ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli Peninsular, Turkey

By the time that the forces were withdrawn in December 1915 33,512 of the 468,000 British troops were dead, 7,636 missing and 78,000 wounded Over 8,000 Australian and 2,700 New Zealand soldiers died. The ANZACs later served in Palestine and the Western Front.

The Ottoman commander who succesfully defended the penisnusla and prevented the allies from reaching Constantinople (Istanbul) was Mustafa Kemal who went on to found modern Turkey, taking the name Ataturk.

I had the chance to visit the Shrine of Remembrance during my holiday in Melbourne last month. It is one of the largest war memorials in Australia and was built as a memorial to the men and women of Victoria who served in World War I. It now serves as a memorial for all Australians who served in war and it is the site of annual observances of ANZAC Day (25 April) and Remembrance Day (11 November).

And here are some of the pictures taken.

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