Australia 2001 Opening of the National Museum of Australia
- Issue Date: 8 March 2001
- Designed by: Stacey Zass
- 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 printed gutter)
- Withdrawal date: 31 March 2002
The opening of the National Museum of Australia is part of the celebrations marking the centenary of federation. The museum was developed as a forum–a place for sharing stories and exchanging information about different cultures, as well as displaying rare and unique objects. The museum employs a fresh and exciting approach to Australian history, culture and the environment. It presents its varied subject matter through the blending of exhibits, technology, media, live performances and hands-on activities.
Three main themes form the museum’s intellectual framework: Australian society and its history since 1788; the interaction of people with the environment; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories.
The designer has combined details of the museum’s architectural features: the entry canopy, skylights, and an architectural site plan, with the wallaby sculpture: Pangk (1962, George MacNaught and Joe Ngallametta, Wik people of Western Cape York Peninsula, wood, ochre, nails, and resin, 68 x 11 cm). The stamps interweave these design elements evoking the same organic, narrative experience and anti-monumental feel envisaged for the museum itself.
First Day Cover
The first day of issue postmark was Canberra ACT 2600.