Australia 2001 Christmas

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  • Issue Date: 1 November 2001
  • Designed by: Beth McKinlay
  • Printed by: SNP Ausprint, PMP Print (aerogramme)
  • Print Process: Lithography
  • Stamp Size: 26 mm x 37.5 mm
  • Withdrawal date: 30 November 2002


The Christmas 2001 issue features a modern interpretation of the late medieval illuminated manuscript, the Wharncliffe Hours.

The designs by Beth McKinlay of Australia Post’s Design Studio build on four exquisite miniatures from the manuscript. By using contemporary typography and design they have brought the traditional Christmas images into the modern era.


Sheet Stamps

  • Perforations: 14½ x 14
  • Format: sheets of 50 (two panes of 25 separated by gutter)

40c Adoration of the Magi Stamp

The miniature of the Adoration of the Magi, shows the three wise men offering the Christ child precious gifts.

40c Adoration of the Magi

45c Flight into Egypt Stamp

This miniature shows Joseph leading an ass bearing the Virgin Mary and Christ child as they escape from Judaea into Egypt.

45c Flight into Egypt

Self-adhesive Stamp

  • Perforations: 11½ x 11¼, serpentine die cut
  • Format: booklets of 20

Single Stamp

40c Adoration of the Magi


Booklet pane of 8 x 40c
Booklet pane of 12 x 40c

Postal Stationery


This design is also based on miniatures from the Wharncliffe Hours. The illustration area shows the Nativity. The stamp area shows the Virgin holding the baby Jesus. This image is taken from the initial ‘O’ of the prayer to the Virgin which begins ‘Obsecro Te’ (I beseech thee).

First Day Cover

The first day of issue postmark was Kings Meadows TAS 7249. An official first day cover of the self-adhesive varieties was not produced.

First day cover of two values

Maximum Cards

40c Adoration of the Magi maximum card
45c Flight into Egypt maximum card

Presentation Pack

Presentation pack front cover
Presentation pack of two values