Australia 2002 Flinders-Baudin Bicentenary (Joint issue with France)
From Stamps of the World
- Issue Date: 4 April 2002
- Designed by: Brian Sadgrove
- Printed by: SNP Ausprint
- Print Process: Lithography
- Perforations: 14 x 14½
- Stamp Size: 37.5 mm x 26 mm
- Format: sheets of 50 (two panes of 25 separated by gutter)
Amid the rivalry of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, France and Britain sponsored voyages of discovery to Australia, then New Holland. Led by naval captains Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders, both expeditions carried safe-conducts protecting them from seizure by ships of the opposing navies.
Between 1801 and 1803, Baudin and Flinders filled in most of the gaps on the map of what was then New Holland. The two crossed paths on 8 April 1802 at Encounter Bay, near the South Australian coast. The stamps of this joint issue with France commemorate this meeting.
The stamps were designed by Brian Sadgrove, Melbourne. He has used primary, historical source material to create thoroughly contemporary designs.
45c Nicolas Baudin Stamp
The 45c stamp features a portrait of Nicolas Baudin, a painting of a kangaroo by Charles Alexandre Lesueur, the French map of the Encounter Bay area, the Géographe taken from the expedition letterhead and Baudin’s signature. Lesueur was nominally an assistant gunner on the French expedition. Baudin recruited Lesueur expecting to put the gunner’s artistic talents to use.
$1.50 Matthew Flinders Stamp
The $1.50 stamp features a portrait of Matthew Flinders, a painting of the Port Lincoln parrot (or Australian ringneck) by Ferdinand Bauer, Flinders’ map of Australia, the Investigator and Flinders’ signature. In 1801 Sir Joseph Banks recruited Bauer – already an experienced botanical artist – for the position of natural history painter to the British expedition. Bauer’s industry and output were remarkable. He sketched over one thousand plants and two hundred animals on the voyage.