Friday, 11 August 2017

1062. 🇦🇺 Australia Post New Issue To Depict Rarely Featured Territory Of Heard Island And McDonald Islands.



  🇦🇺 The flood of new philatelic products emanating from Australia Post continues unabated.

  5 September 2017 - Heard Island. 4 gummed stamps and 1 miniature sheet. Designed by Melinda Coombes of Whitechurch Coombes Design and lithographed by EGO and perforated 14.5.
  This issue is interesting in that Heard Island is part of the external Australian Territory of Heard Island And McDonald Islands. There is nothing to suggest that this is the first issue of a new philatelic entity and the islands are not in need of a postal service since the islands are uninhabited by humans. However, the absence of a human population has not previously been a bar to the issue of stamps in the case of one or two philatelic entities so who knows?
  As yet another ordinary issue of Australia and as it does not commemorate a relevant anniversary or event I shall not add it to my collection and give it a rating of * only.









  A single stamp in gummed and self-adhesive formats will be issued on 12 September 2017 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Australian satellite, WRESAT. This commemorates a notable anniversary for Australia so I will add it to my collection but the design is not too exciting. The stamp was designed by Nigel Buchanan and lithographed by EGO and perforated 14.5 x 14. Rating:- **.




  Australia Post will issue a set of 3 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 19 September 2017 with the inscription "Australian Antarctic Territory" on the subject of Australian cultural heritage connected with Antarctica. The issue was designed by Lynda Warner and lithographed by RA Printing and perforated 14.5 x 14. Rating:- **.








 ðŸ‡³ðŸ‡« 19 September 2017 - issue inscribed "Norfolk Island Australia" - The island's "Convict heritage" - 2 stamps and 1 miniature sheet. Designed by Jo Muré and lithographed by RA Printing and perforated 14.5 x 14. Rating:- ***.


 ðŸ‡¦ðŸ‡º 8 September 2017 - China International Collection Expo - 1 miniature sheet containing 2 x $1 stamps.
      8 September 2017 - China International Collection Expo - 4 miniature sheets containing Dragonfly stamps - 1 miniature sheet issued per day from 8 to 11 September 2017 during the period of the exhibition.
  Rating:- 0.





  19 September 2017 - Star Wars VIII The Last Jedi (US movie) - $23 "Stamp pack" containing 2 sheetlets each of 10 "Map of Australia" greetings stamps with attached labels. Rating:- 0.


  19 September 2017 - Cars 3 (US movie) - $23 "Stamp pack" containing 2 sheetlets each of 10 "Map of Australia" greetings stamps with attached labels. Rating:- 0.



  🇯🇪 Jersey Post will issue its "Jersey Flag" Post and Go labels from kiosk JE01 sited at Autumn Stampex 2017 in London from 13 to 16 September 2017 with an additional inscription "HRH Prince Philip/65 Years of Service". The kiosk will also dispense the "Fruits and berries" labels mentioned in Blogs 1039 and 1046. Rating:- 0.
  🇬🇬 Guernsey Post Philatelic Bureau "tweeted" on 10 August 2017 that the Post and Go kiosk GG01 situated at Smith Street post office "had been busy" dispensing its "Lighthouses" stamps with additional inscriptions "welcoming cruise ship visitors from the Oriana and Ventura". Presumably that means another 2 strips adding up to 12 new stamps.



2 comments:

  1. The Heard Island issue is an Australian issue, and definitely not the first from a new philatelic entity. The complication is that the islands are an external territory of Australia, but are more Antarctic in nature. Hence when Macquarie Island was celebrated, it was an issue from the Australian Antarctic Territory, but Heard Island is part of Australia.

    This year marks the 70th anniversary of the islands becoming an external territory, so this may explain the issue - Australia Post normally only issues stamps for Australian anniversaries which are multiples of 50, and multiples of 25 for the territories. However, there have been exceptions – a few years ago there was an issue marking the 60th anniversary of the ANZUS treaty. Dare I say that maybe Australia Post is realising that waiting another 30 years to mark the centenary of Heard Island is a little too long to wait?

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    1. Dear Chris, thank you for your, as always, very helpful and interesting comment. I quite like the Heard Island set and have been trying to think up an excuse to buy it (Australia Post issue so many stamps that I made it my rule only to buy those which commemorate a significant event or anniversary of direct relevance to Australia) so by pointing out that this issue does commemorate an anniversary (though it being 70 years the question of whether or not it is significant arises) you have given me a reason to obtain the issue.
      You are quite right of course, it would be expecting too much for a philatelic service to wait another 30 years for a new stamp issue when it could issue one now, and then again in 5 years time (75th anniversary), 10 years (80th anniversary), 20 years time (90th anniversary) and 30 years (Centenary). It also begs the question of whether or not anyone will be issuing postage stamps at all in 30 years time.
      Best wishes, WK.

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