Australian Antarctic Territory 1999 Mawson's Hut's Restoration
- Issue Date: 13 May 1999
- Designed by: Janet Boschen
- Printed by: SNP Ausprint
- Print Process: Offset lithography
- Perforations: 14 x 14½
- Dimensions: 37.5 mm x 26 mm
- Format: sheets of 50 (two panes of 25)
- Withdrawal date: 30 May 2000
Eighty-five years of exposure to harsh Antarctic conditions had virtually destroyed the historic baltic pine huts built by Sir Douglas Mawson’s team as the base for their 1911–14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE). It was from this Cape Denison camp that the men of the AAE spent two years exploring the frozen continent’s unknown interior and that Mawson earned his status as one of the giants of the heroic age of Antarctic exploration. Ongoing conservation work for Mawson’s Huts began in 1962 and the AAP Mawson’s Huts Foundation was established to ensure that these unique buildings are conserved in perpetuity for the Australian people.
These stamps were printed using a five-colour process (silver as the fifth colour) and have a spot UV gloss coating to simulate the sheen of ice.
45c Sir Douglas Mawson Stamp
This stamp shows Mawson as a young man on the eve of his departure for the Antarctic, the vessel in which the expedition sailed and an architectural drawing of the main hut.
45c "Home of the Blizzard" Stamp
The second stamp features the now famous photograph by official photographer Frank Hurley which evokes the name given to Cape Denison – ‘Home of the Blizzard’ and the windiest place on earth.
90c Huskies Team Stamp
Huskies played a key part in the exploration of Australia’s Antarctic territory. This photograph was taken by Mawson’s companion Xavier Mertz who, along with Belgrave Ninnis, perished during an expedition – leaving Mawson to survive a lone trek across the icecap. A Memorial Cross was erected on the site in memory of Mertz and Ninnis.
$1.35 Huts Restoration Stamp
Work undertaken by the conservation team included new roof cladding, rehanging the front door and repairing the structural timbers inside the hut. Computer technology was an integral part of the expedition to Cape Denison in 1997–98.
First Day Cover
The first day of issue postmark was Kingston TAS 7050.