Australia 2004 Bicentenary of Settlement of Hobart, Tasmania
- Issue Date: 3 February 2004
- Designed by: Lynda Warner
- Printed by: SNP Sprint
- Print Process: Lithography
- Perforations: 14 x 14½
- Dimensions: 37.5mm x 26mm
- Format: sheets of 50 (two panes of 25)
This issue commemorates the settlement of Hobart Town in Tasmania. The stamps and miniature sheet use a painting, a photograph, a homestead, a shell necklace, a historic map and a current satellite image of Tasmania today, to project a vision of Tasmania across space and time. The necklace Thalotia conica is used as a linking element between the four stamps.
50c Cheshunt House
This homestead near Deloraine in Tasmania’s north-west symbolises the development of colonial architecture in the second half of the nineteenth century. Building of Cheshnut House was started in 1850 by William Archer, Thomas Archer’s second son. The Archers are well known in Tasmanian history and William – the colony’s first native-born architect and engineer who designed some of Tasmania’s prominent homes and buildings – is perhaps the best known member of the family. Thomas Bowman bought the property in 1873 and set about completing the building. Bowmans still live at Cheshunt and have almost completed a lengthy restoration of the property.
50c Shell Necklace
This Phasianotrochus bellulus necklace is used to symbolise northeast Tasmania and reflect the continuity of Aboriginal communities and cultural practices. Shell necklace making is one of the few surviving traditional Aboriginal cultural practices in Tasmania and only a handful of Aboriginal women still actively make the necklaces. Their work can be seen in galleries and museums in Tasmania and the mainland. The shells are precious, particularly the mother-of-pearl maireener shells that are now in short supply.
$1 Mountains upon mountains - South-West Tasmania–1970
This Olegas Truchanas photograph symbolises the twentieth century and the wilderness so notable in south-west Tasmania. Olegas Truchanas (1923-1972) was one of the first Europeans to realise the primal beauty of Tasmania’s south-west wilderness. He began photographing the Tasmanian wilderness, first in monochrome and later in colour. He devoted his life to exploring and photographing the wilderness, bringing it to the notice of thousands of people.
$1 Mount Wellington and Hobart Town from Kangaroo Point
This John Glover painting symbolises the early stage of European settlement (from 1804 to 1840) and south-east Tasmania. John Glover (1767-1849), one of Australia’s earliest renowned landscape painters, was born in England and exhibited his work in London before leaving in 1830 for Hobart Town. Glover’s first Tasmanian paintings, which portrayed the distinctive Tasmanian bush in accurate detail, were exhibited in London in 1832 and attracted much attention. One thing that made his work unique among Australian landscape painters of the time was that he painted from direct experience of the bush, not his imagination. His paintings may be some of the first ever portrayals of the eucalypt in its bushland setting as a national symbol.
- Sheet size: 135mm x 72mm
The miniature sheet juxtaposes the stamp designs with the two maps reinforcing the vision of Tasmania in space and time. At the left is an historic Alex Finlay engraved map dated 1841; at the right a modern satellite image of the island state.
First Day Covers
The first day of issue postmark was Hobart TAS 7000.