AAE centenary celebrated by Australia Post
Australia Post is commemorating the centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) with the release of five stamps.
This Australian Antarctic Territory stamp issue is the third in a four-year series, and comprises three domestic rate (60 cent) stamps and two large letter-rate ($1.20) stamps.
The series depicts key moments in the AAE, with this issue highlighting Mawson’s return to the base camp in February 1913 just hours after the original party had left on the expedition’s ship, the SY Aurora.
The photographs used for this issue feature: Walter Henry Hannam – original wireless operator and mechanic who returned to Australia in the SY Aurora before the return of Mawson; Frank Wild – leader of the Western Party and third-in-command of the expedition; extreme weather conditions in the Antarctica; scientific work during the expedition and Antarctic fauna – a Weddell seal and a Cape Petrel.
The Centenary of the AAE stamp products include a first day cover, stamp pack, miniature sheet and a set of five maxicards. The stamps and associated products are available from participating Australia Post outlets, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online.
The media release from Australia Post provides further details of the stamp issue series.