Australian Antarctic Territory 2009 South Magnetic Pole

From Stamps of the World
  • Issue date: 8th January 2009
  • four values and a miniature sheet
  • Designed by: Disegno, Melbourne, from archive photographs
  • Printed by: Energi Print, in se-tenant pairs within sheet
  • Print process: lithography
  • stamp format height 37½mm x width 26mm (pairs 52mm width). Miniature sheet format height 85mm x width 170mm
  • Perforations: 14.6 x 13.86

Centenary of the Attainment of the South Magnetic Pole

55c ~ unloading provisions from the Nimrod at Cape Royds, February 2008 (Royal Geographical Society)
55c ~ depositing provisions using the Arrol-Johnston 12-15hp vehicle, October 1908 (Royal Geographical Society)
$1.10 ~ final campsite before reaching the South Magnetic Pole, January 1909 (South Australian Museum)
$1.10 ~ party having attained the South Magnetic Pole, January 1909
Miniature sheet border shows route taken by the 'Northern Party' (Edgeworth David, Douglas Mawson and Alistair Mackay) to the magnetic pole, and co-ordinates for the pole in January 1909

  • Notes: the South Magnetic Pole moves rapidly each day, whilst also moving about 5km north-westwards per year. In 1909 it was located on the main Antarctic continent; in the present day (21st century) it is located in the Southern Ocean

Sheet stamps


Miniature Sheet

  • contains the four values in se-tenant strip
Miniature sheet

First Day Cover (miniature sheet)

First Day Cover miniature sheet (4v)