Australia 2003 Genetics

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  • Issue Date: 8 July 2003
  • Designed by: Rod Oliver
  • Printed by: SNP Sprint
  • Print Process: Lithography
  • Perforations: 14 x 14¾
  • Dimensions: 27.5mm x 26mm
  • Format: sheets of 50 (two panes of 25 separated with printed gutter)


This special issue of two stamps marks the 50th meeting of the Genetics Society of Australia and world wide celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the discovery of DNA. Both events coincide with the International Congress of Genetics – the world’s most prestigious genetics conference – held in Melbourne, Australia in 2003.


The designer uses colour, geographic and cultural references, and his artistic interpretation of two iconic images of the science of genetics to tell the story of Genetics 1953-2003. The vivid colours remind us of laboratory samples stained with fluorescent dyes. The globe highlights Australia’s important role in genetic research. The strips of alternating dark and light bands evoke gel patterns used in DNA research and analysis.

The stamp designs are: ‘DNA: double helix’ and ‘Kangaroo chromosomes’. By using artistic interpretations of these structures, rather than photography or microscopy, the designer reminds that a spark of creative vision often triggers scientific breakthroughs.

50c DNA: double helix
50c Kangaroo chromosomes

Se-tenant Pair

Se-tenant pair of 50c

Gutter Strip

Printed in the gutter is the designer’s interpretation of a DNA sequence.

Gutter strip of 10 x 50c

First Day Cover

First day cover

Maximum Cards

50c DNA: double helix maximum card
50c Kangaroo chromosomes maximum card

Presentation Pack

Presentation pack front cover
Presentation pack of 2 x 50c