Australia 2001 Australian Army Centenary
- Issue Date: 15 February 2001
- Designed by: Sean Pethick
- Printed by: McPherson's Printing
- Print Process: Lithography
- Perforations: 14 x 14½
- Stamp Size: 37.5 mm x 26 mm
- Format: sheetlets of 10
- Withdrawal date: 28 February 2002
Australia Post recognises the centenary of the formation of the Australian Army with this commemorative issue of two 45c stamps. The stamps illustrate the Army’s historical and contemporary roles and the nature of its service over a century which has seen dramatic changes in Australia and throughout the world.
49c Historical Stamp
This stamp uses two images from World War II. The main image – a photograph by Norman Brown – is the forward command post of the 29th/46th Battalion in New Guinea in 1943. Shown are signalmen Charles Byrne and G. Walker. The smaller image, in the upper left of the stamp, is of the Light Horse brigade on parade in 1940.
49c Contemporary Stamp
The main image on this stamp – a photograph by Mr. George Gittoes – is of Trooper Jon Church carrying a child in Rwanda (1995) where he served as part of a United Nations peacekeeping exercise. Tragically Trooper Church was killed in the Black Hawk accident in Townsville in 1996. The smaller image in the upper right of the stamp shows officers on the Commando Officer Selection course in July 1997 at Marangaroo Barracks, Lithgow.
First Day Covers
The first day of issue postmark was 479 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004. The postal numismatic cover features an aluminium-bronze one dollar coin. The reverse of the coin features the Army’s Rising Sun badge sculpted by Vladimir Gottwald. The obverse features Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.