Australia 1999 Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Emblem

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  • Issue Date: 14 September 1999
  • Designed by: FHA Image Design
  • Printed by: McPherson's Printing
  • Print Process: Lithography
  • Perforations: 14½ x 14
  • Stamp Size: 26 mm x 37.5 mm
  • Format: sheetlets of 10
  • Withdrawal date: 31 December 2000


The Games of the new millennium took place in Sydney between 15 September and 1 October 2000.

Also known as the ‘Millennium Athlete’, the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games emblem features the figure of an athlete formed by instantly recognisable shapes and colours. The figure symbolises the speed and agility of an athlete moving toward the new millennium. The colours of the athlete reflect the blue of the harbor, the yellow of the sun and the red of the earth. The three boomerangs comprising the body of the athlete acknowledge the importance of Australia’s indigenous culture.

Australia has the rare distinction of having been represented at every summer Olympic Games of the modern era. Greece is the only other nation that has demonstrated its commitment to the modern Olympic movement in this manner.


The stamp, designed by FHA Image Design, features the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games emblem with two of Sydney’s most loved and well-known landmarks – the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

45c Sydney 2000 Olympic Emblem

First Day Cover

The first day of issue postmark was Sydney NSW 2000.

First day cover

Maximum Card

45c Sydney 2000 Olympic Emblem maximum card

Presentation Pack

Presentation pack of sheetlet of 10 x 45c
Presentation pack back cover