Australia 2001 Rock Australia

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  • Issue Date: 20 March 2001
  • Designed by: Cozzolino/Ellett Design D’vision
  • Printed by: SNP Ausprint
  • Print Process: Lithography
  • Stamp Size: 37.5 mm x 26 mm
  • Withdrawal date: 31 March 2002


In 1998 Australia Post issued Australian Rock ‘n’ Roll, a set of twelve stamps featuring Australian hit songs of the late 50's, the 60's and the early 70's. Rock Australia takes us from the pub rock era of the late 70's to the dance and studio music of the 1990's.

From hard rock to pure pop, the ten hit songs featured on the stamps highlight the diversity of the Australian contemporary music scene. All were great hits that found their way into the hearts of the music-loving public. Each of them said something about Australia, and told the rest of the world this is what popular culture sounds like, and it has an Australian accent.


Sheet Stamps

  • Perforations: 14 x 14½
  • Format: sheetlets of 10

"Khe Sanh" (1978) Cold Chisel Stamp

One of the best hard rock bands in the country, Cold Chisel built their success from live performances in the heyday of pub rock. "Khe Sanh", their first hit from their first album became their signature song.

45c "Khe Sanh" (1978) Cold Chisel

"Down Under" (1981) Men at Work Stamp

Men at Work achieved extraordinary international success with a flippant pop style. "Down Under" was in the charts (for 18 weeks) in 1981-82, recharted in 1983 and 1987.

45c "Down Under" (1981) Men at Work

"Power and the Passion" (1983) Midnight Oil Stamp

A combination of outspoken politics and hard-driving rock‘n’roll won ‘The Oils’ international success and a special place in Australian rock history. "Power and the Passion" was just one of many hits from their fourth album 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1, which stayed in the charts for more than three and a half years.

45c "Power and the Passion" (1983) Midnight Oil

"Original Sin" (1984) INXS Stamp

The band’s melding of rock, funk and modern dance rhythms in "Original Sin" resulted in their first (of many) Australian and international hits.

45c "Original Sin" (1984) INXS

"You’re the Voice" (1986) John Farnham Stamp

John Farnham’s career started in the 1960's and continues strong today. "You’re the Voice", from Whispering Jack (October 1986), was enormously successful.

45c "You’re the Voice" (1986) John Farnham

"Don’t Dream It’s Over" (1986) Crowded House Stamp

The first album by Crowded House sold more than one million copies in America alone. "Don’t Dream It’s Over", released as the single, won Best Australian Song at the 1987 Australian Record Industry Association awards, the first of many such accolades for the group.

45c "Don’t Dream It’s Over" (1986) Crowded House

"Treaty" (1991) Yothu Yindi Stamp

The band members hail from the north-eastern Arnhem Land community of Yirrkala. Their music combines rock‘n’roll music with ancient song cycles and traditional dance performances. Yothu Yindi became the first Aboriginal band to achieve a Top 40 hit in Australia with their single "Treaty" from the album Tribal Voice.

45c "Treaty" (1991) Yothu Yindi

"Tomorrow" (1994) Silverchair Stamp

The three school mates that formed Silverchair were just fifteen when their debut album, Frogstomp, and its hit single, "Tomorrow", became instant international hits.

45c "Tomorrow" (1994) Silverchair

"Confide in Me" (1994) Kylie Minogue Stamp

Kylie Minogue – one of Australia’s most successful pop exports – marked her arrival as the dance diva with the dance anthem "Confide in Me".

45c "Confide in Me" (1994) Kylie Minogue

"Truly Madly Deeply" (1997) Savage Garden Stamp

Savage Garden spent almost a year in a home studio writing and recording. They sent more than 150 unsolicited demonstration tapes to record companies and publishers before their diligence was rewarded. Their first album entered the charts at number 1 and stayed there for nineteen weeks! "Truly Madly Deeply" topped the charts in the USA as well as Australia and was certified as the most played song on American radio for 1998.

45c "Truly Madly Deeply" (1997) Savage Garden


The sheetlet of 10 has a printed decorative selvedge.

Sheetlet of 10 x 45c

Self-adhesive Stamps

  • Perforations: serpentine die cut 11¼ x 11½
  • Format: booklets of 10, coils of 100

Single Stamps

45c "Khe Sanh" (1978) Cold Chisel
45c "Down Under" (1981) Men at Work
45c "Power and the Passion" (1983) Midnight Oil
45c "Original Sin" (1984) INXS
45c "You’re the Voice" (1986) John Farnham
45c "Don’t Dream It’s Over" (1986) Crowded House
45c "Treaty" (1991) Yothu Yindi
45c "Tomorrow" (1994) Silverchair
45c "Confide in Me" (1994) Kylie Minogue
45c "Truly Madly Deeply" (1997) Savage Garden


$4.50 booklet cover
Booklet pane of 10 x 45c

Coil Strip

Coil strip of 10 x 45c

First Day Covers

The first day of issue postmark was Rocklands VIC 3410.

First day cover - 6 x 45c sheet stamps
First day cover - 4 x 45c sheet stamps
First day cover - 6 x 45c self-adhesive stamps
First day cover - 4 x 45c self-adhesive stamps

Maximum Cards

45c "Khe Sanh" (1978) Cold Chisel maximum card
45c "Down Under" (1981) Men at Work maximum card
45c "Power and the Passion" (1983) Midnight Oil maximum card
45c "You’re the Voice" (1986) John Farnham maximum card
45c "Original Sin" (1984) INXS maximum card
45c "Don’t Dream It’s Over" (1986) Crowded House maximum card
45c "Treaty" (1991) Yothu Yindi maximum card
45c "Tomorrow" (1994) Silverchair maximum card
45c "Confide in Me" (1994) Kylie Minogue maximum card
45c "Truly Madly Deeply" (1997) Savage Garden maximum card

Presentation Pack

Presentation pack of 10 x 45c
Presentation pack back cover