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Ludwig Leichhardt – Germany Joint Issue Stamp

Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of German explorer and naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt (1813-c.1848), Australia and Germany have released a joint stamp issue designed by Visua.

The then 29 year old Leichhardt travelled to Australia in 1842 with the intention of exploring and mapping inland Australia. Leichhardt undertook three expeditions. The first one was in 1844, from Queensland to Port Essington in the Northern Territory, followed by an unsuccessful attempt to cross Australia east to west in 1846. His final and most notable attempt was in 1848 which lead to the mysterious disappearance of Leichhardt and his entire expedition party in the Outback. Leichhardt’s final expedition lives on in our nation’s mythology.

It is said the level of detail contained within Leichhardt’s journals of Australian flora and fauna are unmatched even to this day. This stamp issue celebrates Leichhardt’s amazing legacy to Australia and Germany’s cultural history.

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Ludwig Leichhardt – Germany Joint Issue Stamp

Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of German explorer and naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt (1813-c.1848), Australia and Germany have released a joint stamp issue designed by Visua.

The then 29 year old Leichhardt travelled to Australia in 1842 with the intention of exploring and mapping inland Australia. Leichhardt undertook three expeditions. The first one was in 1844, from Queensland to Port Essington in the Northern Territory, followed by an unsuccessful attempt to cross Australia east to west in 1846. His final and most notable attempt was in 1848 which lead to the mysterious disappearance of Leichhardt and his entire expedition party in the Outback. Leichhardt’s final expedition lives on in our nation’s mythology.

It is said the level of detail contained within Leichhardt’s journals of Australian flora and fauna are unmatched even to this day. This stamp issue celebrates Leichhardt’s amazing legacy to Australia and Germany’s cultural history.

© Stamp images reproduced with permission of Australia Post.

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Special Occasions Stamp – “Celebrations”

Each year Australia Post issues a 10 stamp series specifically for planners of both personal and public events. Some of the ‘Special Occasions’ series targets specific events such as birthdays, engagements and weddings; while others are of a more celebratory nature, allowing them to be used for multiple purposes.

The ‘Celebrations’ stamp, designed by Visua, features the grandest form of celebratory icon – the firework. Loved by, and awe inspiring to all generations, the design stamp has embraced the common cliché, reinvented it and presented it in a fresh light.

The firework stamp design takes on a whole new light when seen in the context of a Mini Sheet. The Mini Sheet contains four rotated stamps and utilises the much loved and unique pinwheel stamp layout, developed by Visua for the popular ‘Australian Landmark Architecture’ series issued by Australia Post in 2007.

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Special Occasions Mini Sheet – “Celebrations”

Each year Australia Post issues a 10 stamp series specifically for planners of both personal and public events. Some of the ‘Special Occasions’ series targets specific events such as birthdays, engagements and weddings; while others are of a more celebratory nature, allowing them to be used for multiple purposes.

The ‘Celebrations’ stamp, designed by Visua, features the grandest form of celebratory icon – the firework. Loved by, and awe inspiring to all generations, the design stamp has embraced the common cliché, reinvented it and presented it in a fresh light.

The firework stamp design takes on a whole new light when seen in the context of a Mini Sheet. The Mini Sheet contains four rotated stamps and utilises the much loved and unique pinwheel stamp layout, developed by Visua for the popular ‘Australian Landmark Architecture’ series issued by Australia Post in 2007.

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Celebrating the Life of Phillip Law

This stamp issue marks the centenary of the birth of Dr Phillip Law AC (1912-2010), one of Australia’s most experienced polar explorers. Law was a pivotal figure in developing Australia’s Antarctic science program and in securing a commitment to the region.

In his 19 years as an Antarctic explorer, Phillip Law took part in 28 expeditions. Under his direction, some 5,000 kilometres of coastline were charted. He led the party that established Mawson Station in 1954 and in 1957 established Davis Station. Of all his achievements, Law considered the first landing at Larsemann Hills to be his greatest. In early 1958, after days of negotiating ice-free peaks that rose to 500 feet, the ANARE leader led the first party to land at Larsemann Hills. In his honour, the Law Base was established at the site in 1986-87.

Phillip Law passed away in Melbourne at the age of 97.

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Celebrating the Life of Phillip law

This stamp issue marks the centenary of the birth of Dr Phillip Law AC (1912-2010), one of Australia’s most experienced polar explorers. Law was a pivotal figure in developing Australia’s Antarctic science program and in securing a commitment to the region.

In his 19 years as an Antarctic explorer, Phillip Law took part in 28 expeditions. Under his direction, some 5,000 kilometres of coastline were charted. He led the party that established Mawson Station in 1954 and in 1957 established Davis Station. Of all his achievements, Law considered the first landing at Larsemann Hills to be his greatest. In early 1958, after days of negotiating ice-free peaks that rose to 500 feet, the ANARE leader led the first party to land at Larsemann Hills. In his honour, the Law Base was established at the site in 1986-87.

Phillip Law passed away in Melbourne at the age of 97.

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Centenary of Compulsory Enrolment to Vote

This stamp issue commemorates a century of compulsory enrolment to vote in Australian federal elections. While compulsory voting was first advocated by Alfred Deakin at the turn of the 20th century, voting was voluntary for the first nine elections. Compulsory enrolment for federal elections was introduced in 1912.

Photography by Lynton Crabb Photography

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Landmark Modernist Architecture

Commissioned by Australia Post in 2007, Our Creative Director Gary Domoney developed a series of stamps celebrating landmark modernist architecture. The approach was to portray the buildings in their purist form. Rather than reproducing them in colour, the architecture was expressed in black and white as a sculptural piece focusing on the play of light, shade and form. This stamp series has been widely acknowledged in the design community, having won numerous awards for design excellence both locally and internationally.

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Landmark Modernist Architecture

The minisheet for the Landmark Modernist Architecture series was designed using an extremely innovative layout, not seen before in the world of philately. Working closely with Australia Post and their printers, we were able to resolve all technical reproduction issues, allowing for a truly unique minisheet. The minisheet, along with the stamp series, has been widely acknowledged in the design community having won numerous awards for design excellence both locally and internationally and being published in the industry’s leading annuals.

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World Youth Day 2008

The series featured His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, to celebrate his first visit to Australia in July 2008 for World Youth Day, the largest religious youth event in the world. The stamps were printed in three colours with subdued metallic backgrounds giving the stamps a classic regal look, offset against a contemporary layout. Our Creative Director Gary Domoney were instrumental in the redesign of the mandatory ‘International Post’ mark, seen for the first time on this stamp series and now the national standard.

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Australia Post International Post Mark

While designing the World Youth Day stamp commission we took it upon ourselves to redesign the international post mark. The new post mark is more compact than previous marks, therefore not inhibiting the stamps design and providing designers greater flexibility with it’s positioning. Thankfully Australia Post enthusiastically embraced the new international post mark and it can now be seen on all Australian international stamps.

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Landmark Australian Bridges

The Landmark Australian Bridges series celebrates over 150 years of unique Australian bridge design and construction. Featuring Tasmania’s historic Ross Bridge, Queensland’s Lockyer Creek Bridge, the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Melbourne’s contemporary Bolte Bridge. The selected bridges all cross over bodies of water, this presented the perfect solution. All four stamps were visually linked via intricate water reflections and swirls, enabling historic and contemporary images to sit comfortably side by side.

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Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games

Our Creative Director were honoured when commissioned to design a stamp series for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. The approach was to convey a sense of speed, movement and excitement while also visually heralding our proud national identity, ‘Welcome to Melbourne Australia’. The centrepiece to each stamp was a dynamic athletic figure silhouetted by the blazing Australian sun. The use of silhouettes helped portray heroic sports men and women from the Commonwealth nations, without singling out any specific country. Colour bands within the figures provided energetic movement, as well as a hint of the Commonwealth athletic uniforms.

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Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games

Our Creative Director were honoured when commissioned to design a stamp series for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. The approach was to convey a sense of speed, movement and excitement while also visually heralding our proud national identity, ‘Welcome to Melbourne Australia’. The centrepiece to each stamp was a dynamic athletic figure silhouetted by the blazing Australian sun. The use of silhouettes helped portray heroic sports men and women from the Commonwealth nations, without singling out any specific country. Colour bands within the figures provided energetic movement, as well as a hint of the Commonwealth athletic uniforms.

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