Australia 2005 Treasures from the Archive
- Issue Date : 6 September 2005
- Designed by : Hannah Mattner
- Printed by : SEP Sprint
- Print Process : Lithography
- Perforations : 14¼, imperforate
- Dimensions: 105mm x 70mm
- Format: panes of 10
There were eight stamps issued in 1888-89 to commemorate the New South Wales Centennial. The stamps were the world’s first stated commemorative stamps. Each stamp is inscribed “100 years”. Unlike modern commemorative issues, they were not short-term stamps, and remained on long-term sale. The 20 shilling stamp was current from 1888 until 1913, when it was replaced by the Commonwealth’s Kangaroo and Map stamp.
Five of the Centennial stamp designs were the result of a public competition organised by the New South Wales government, led by Premier Sir Henry Parkes. The winning design for the 20 shilling stamp was by Mrs F. W. Stoddard. The stamp design features portraits of New South Wales Governors Arthur Phillip (1788) and Lord Carrington (1888). This might have been a world precedent, and was the first Australian stamp to depict a living person other than Queen Victoria. The flowers which surround the portraits are Christmas Bells, and were chosen as “appropriately suggestive of ringing in the glad Centennial time”.
On the jumbo stamp, the 20 shilling Centennial stamp is depicted in multiple format to represent the full sheet of 50 held in the National Philatelic Collection. The sheet is believed to be unique. The “specimen” overprint was applied to archival sheets to prevent possible misuse of the stamps for postage.
First Day Cover
The first day of issue postmark was Sydney NSW 2000.