Australia 2002 Waterlilies - Thailand Joint Issue
- Issue Date: 6 August 2002
- Designed by: Thaneth Ponchaiwong
- 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 gutter)
This joint issue celebrates 50 years of formal diplomatic relations between Australia and Thailand. Waterlilies are found in both countries and the flower’s traditional associations with beauty, enlightenment and renewal make it a fitting symbol to mark these diplomatic relations. Waterlilies produce spectacular flowers, which can last from a few days to a week. The wonderfully showy flowers may be fragrant. Some open during the day and close at night, others the opposite.
45c Nymphaea immutabilis Stamp
$1 Nelumbo nucifer Stamp
With a symmetrical, exquisitely beautiful flower, Nelumbo nucifera, commonly known as the East Indian lotus or sacred lotus, is an aquatic perennial native to northern Australia, Papua New Guinea and Southeast Asia and grows in lowland wetlands. In Australia it has been recorded down to the New South Wales/Queensland border. Large, fragrant deep-pink flowers appear between March and November.
- Miniature Sheet Size: 106 mm x 70 mm
First Day Covers
The first day of issue postmarks were Watergardens VIC 3038 and Bangkok.