Australia 2005 Down on the Farm

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  • Issue Date : 4 October 2005
  • Designed by : Beth McKinlay and Jamie Tufrey
  • Printed by : SEP Sprint
  • Print Process : Lithography
  • Dimensions: 37.5mm x 26mm


This issue was released to celebrate Stamp Collecting Month. Stamp Collecting Month was created in 1981 and was established in 1993 in Australia. Its purpose is to introduce children to the world of philately and stamp collecting. The theme for Stamp Collecting Month 2005, Down on the Farm, takes a whimsical and humorous look at the farmyard animals living on Gumnut Farm. The theme chosen is one that is always popular with children.


Sheet Stamps

  • Perforations : 14 x 14¾
  • Formats: sheets of 50 (two panes of 25)

Each stamp has one or more small creatures hidden in the illustration for children to find. These include worms, a frog, snail, turtle, grasshopper, dragonfly, spider, snake, ladybird, rabbit and caterpillars.

50c Chloe the Chicken Stamp

Chloe is very confused. She thought she had six children but can only find five! Yesterday all she had was a clutch of eggs – but they keep hatching and it’s so difficult to keep track of them all.

50c Chloe the Chicken

50c Lucy the Lamb Stamp

Lucy doesn’t know what to make of the colourful flapping creatures that keep landing on her nose. She’d quite like to make friends with them, but they won’t sit still long enough for a conversation.

50c Lucy the Lamb

50c Gilbert the Goat Stamp

Gilbert is feeling a little ill. With his sister Gertie’s help he’s managed to jump onto the fence of the vegetable garden and he’s been helping himself to whatever he can find – and now he thinks he may have bitten off more than he can chew!

50c Gilbert the Goat

50c Ralph the Pig Stamp

The piglets are the naughtiest animals on the farm – and Ralph is the naughtiest piglet of all. He can’t help getting into trouble and persuades his brother Rupert to make a big pool of mud. What fun!

50c Ralph the Pig

50c Abigail the Cow Stamp

Abigail is happiest in the meadow munching on fresh dandelions and rich green grass. She knows that this diet will help her produce the creamiest milk. Perched on Abigail’s back, Willy Wagtail chatters away. Abigail secretly finds him a bit irritating, but is too polite to say, even when he invites one of his cousins to perch on her head!

50c Abigail the Cow

$1 Harry the Horse Stamp

Harry the Horse likes nothing better than to gallop at full speed across the paddocks with his best friends, the [[wikipedia:Australian Cattle Dog|Blue Heeler pups. Harry especially loves to race – mainly because he always wins.

$1 Harry the Horse

Se-tenant Strip

Se-tenant strip of 5 x 50c

Self-adhesive Stamps

  • Perforations : serpentine die cut 11¼ syncopated
  • Formats: booklets of 5, 10, and 20

Single Stamps

50c Chloe the Chicken
50c Lucy the Lamb
50c Gilbert the Goat
50c Ralph the Pig
50c Abigail the Cow
$1 Harry the Horse


$2.50 booklet cover (Lucy the Lamb)
Booklet pane of 5 x 50c
$5 booklet cover (Harry the Horse)
Booklet pane of 5 x $1
$5 booklet cover (Ralph the Pig)
Booklet pane of 10 x 50c
$10 booklet cover
Booklet pane of 20 x 50c

Miniature Sheet

  • Dimensions: 170mm x 85mm

A larger miniature sheet was produced for the Stamp Fun Book.

Miniature sheet of 6

First Day Covers

The first day of issue postmark was New Farm QLD 4005.

First day cover - sheet stamps
First day cover - miniature sheet

Prestige Booklet

Prestige booklet front cover
Prestige booklet pane of 1 x 50c
Chloe the Chicken
Prestige booklet pane of 1 x 50c
Lucy the Lamb
Prestige booklet pane of 1 x 50c
Gilbert the Goat
Prestige booklet pane of 1 x 50c
Ralph the Pig
Prestige booklet pane of 1 x 50c
Abigail the Cow
Prestige booklet pane of 1 x $1
Harry the Horse
Prestige booklet back cover

Maximum Cards

Maximum card - 50c Chloe the Chicken
Maximum card - 50c Lucy the Lamb
Maximum card - 50c Gilbert the Goat
Maximum card - 50c Ralph the Pig
Maximum card - 50c Abigail the Cow
Maximum card - $1 Harry the Horse

Presentation Pack

Presentation pack front cover
Presentation pack of 6 values and miniature sheet
Presentation pack back cover