Australia 2000 Face of Australia
- Issue Date : 1 January 2000
- Designed by : Jo Muré
- Printed by : McPherson's Printing Group, Mulgrave
- Print Process : Lithography
- Perforations : 14½ x 14
- Stamp Size: 26 mm x 37.5 mm
- Format: sheetlets of 25
- Withdrawal date: 30 December 2000
- 1 Description
- 2 Stamps
- 2.1 45c Nicholle & Meghan Triandis Stamp
- 2.2 45c David Willis Stamp
- 2.3 45c Natasha Bramley Stamp
- 2.4 45c Cyril Watson Stamp
- 2.5 45c Mollie Dowdall Stamp
- 2.6 45c Robin Dicks Stamp
- 2.7 45c Mary Simons Stamp
- 2.8 45c Peta & Samantha Nieuwerth Stamp
- 2.9 45c John Matthews Stamp
- 2.10 45c Edith Dizon-Fitzimmons Stamp
- 2.11 45c Philippa Weir Stamp
- 2.12 45c John (Jack) Thurgar Stamp
- 2.13 45c Miguel Alzona Stamp
- 2.14 45c Rachael Thomson Stamp
- 2.15 45c Necip Akarsu Stamp
- 2.16 45c Justin Allan Stamp
- 2.17 45c Wadad Dennaoui Stamp
- 2.18 45c Jack Laity Stamp
- 2.19 45c Kelsey Stubbin Stamp
- 2.20 45c Gianna Rossi Stamp
- 2.21 45c Paris Hansch Stamp
- 2.22 45c Donald George Whatham Stamp
- 2.23 45c Stacey Coull Stamp
- 2.24 45c Alex Payne Stamp
- 2.25 45c John Lodge Stamp
- 3 First Day Covers
- 4 Maximum Cards
- 5 Presentation Pack
To celebrate the beginning of the year 2000, Australia Post issued a sheetlet of 25 stamps. Each stamp features a photograph of an Australian resident. As a group the stamps give us a snapshot of the nation at this moment in Australia's history.
The project started with a national search. Members of the public submitted photographs of people whom they believed encapsulated a face of Australia. The community responded enthusiastically with many thousands of entries.
Australia Post staff made the initial selection. These were given to state selection committees, which further narrowed the field to 25 finalists in each state. These images were sent to the Stamp Advisory Committee, where the images you see were selected. The aim was to reflect the Australian community as closely as possible, with respect to age groups, ethnicity, gender balance, national distribution, and so on, while at the same time creating an interesting, balanced sheetlet.
45c Nicholle & Meghan Triandis Stamp
Queensland: Twin sisters, Nicholle and Meghan, are part of the future of Australia. Photographed by Katherine Triandis.
45c David Willis Stamp
Queensland: David is a cattleman living in remote central Queensland, doing the job that he loves. With a family of five children, David a true face of outback Australia. Photographed by Darryl Cooper.
45c Natasha Bramley Stamp
45c Cyril Watson Stamp
Central Australia: Cyril lives in a remote community in central Australia. Photographer Nigel Brown says Cyril is a typical Aussie kid who enjoys the outdoors.
45c Mollie Dowdall Stamp
Western Australia: As a depression baby, Mollie grew up in a house with no running water, no electricity. Photographer Katie Taylor describes Mollie as "an honest Aussie battler", and "the best mate anyone could wish for".
45c Robin Dicks Stamp
Western Australia: Robin is a flying instructor at a flying school, studying for her transport pilot’s licence. Her late father was a doctor with the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Photographed by Patricia Dicks.
45c Mary Simons Stamp
Tasmania: Mary is a World War II veteran. Her daughter submitted her photograph. Photographed by Ruth N. Timperon.
45c Peta & Samantha Nieuwerth Stamp
New South Wales: To photographer Julie Freeman, Peta and baby Samantha represent the happiness and vitality of young Australia.
45c John Matthews Stamp
45c Edith Dizon-Fitzimmons Stamp
Victoria: Edith, who is originally from the Philippines, works tirelessly for the community, sings in a choir and is undertaking tertiary studies, despite being legally blind. Photographed by Peter Abbey.
45c Philippa Weir Stamp
45c John (Jack) Thurgar Stamp
New South Wales: Jack is a Vietnam veteran, "an ordinary Australian who rolls up his sleeves to get the job done". He earned the Star of Courage while serving with the Australian Federal Police in Cyprus and an MBE for services to the disabled. Photographed by Toni McNeill.
45c Miguel Alzona Stamp
New South Wales: This photo was taken at Miguel’s sports carnival. It captures the true spirit of children in Australia and the increasing diversity of the Australian population. Photographed by Richard Bator.
45c Rachael Thomson Stamp
Queensland: Rachael’s photograph was submitted by one of her work colleagues at the local TAFE Institute, because ‘she represents Australia through her carefree sunny nature’. Photographed by Tahnya Heath.
45c Necip Akarsu Stamp
45c Justin Allan Stamp
New South Wales: Photographer Lynn Maree Bagnato says her nephew Justin has been serving his country in the Royal Australian Navy since he was seventeen. He is away for up to six months of the year protecting the country he loves.
45c Wadad Dennaoui Stamp
Victoria: Photographer Claudia Maharaj thinks Wadad’s Lebanese heritage shows Australia's diverse mix of cultures.
45c Jack Laity Stamp
45c Kelsey Stubbin Stamp
Queensland: Kelsey’s ambitions are to "play cricket for Queensland and Australia, to get more wickets than Dennis Lillie and to have a better average in tests than Don Bradman". Photographed by L. Stubbin.
45c Gianna Rossi Stamp
South Australia: Gianna is the hard-working mother of two children. Photographer Nicholas Wrankmore entered her photograph as a surprise.
45c Paris Hansch Stamp
45c Donald George Whatham Stamp
New South Wales: Educating Australia school children for forty-five years makes Donald's face a bridge between past, present and future Australia. Photograph from Fotomakers-Australia.
45c Stacey Coull Stamp
45c Alex Payne Stamp
45c John Lodge Stamp
New South Wales: In his home town John is a symbol of hope for anyone needing assistance. Like many other Australians, John has dedicated his life to helping people in their time of need. Photographed by Peter James Lorimer.
First Day Covers
The first day of issue postmark was Canberra GPO, ACT 2601.