Friday, November 6, 2009

A lovely cover from Australia!

G'day! Here is a lovely cover sent from New South Wales, Australia by an eBayer. The sender actually used an Australian Antarctic Territory stamp that belongs to the "Antarctic Wildlife" series, issued in 1992. The 95c stamp depicts a Weddell seal and pup. Other stamps in this series feature an Adelie Penguin and Chick (45c), an Elephant seal with pup (75c), a Hall's giant petrel on nest with fledgeling (85c) and Royal penguin ($1.20).
Australia has issued postage stamps for the Australian Antarctic Territory since 1957. All have been Antarctic themed, and are also valid for postage in Australia, so in practice they are just Australian stamps with a different inscription.

The first stamp issued specifically for the territory was a two shilling blue stamp with a design of explorers and an Antarctic map, as shown in the picture below. This was first issued in Australia on 27 March 1957 and in Antarctica on 11 December 1957.
Used stamps from the territory are usually found with either mainland Australia postal cancels, or first day cover cancels as there is relatively little genuine mail from the bases. The Australian Antarctic Territory bases are Casey, Davis, Heard Island, Macquarie Island, Mawson and Wilkes.

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