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Celebrating Australia's agricultural shows, Come to Show shows various scenes in a cartoon style aimed at children. The first agricultural show was held in Hobart in 1822, followed by New South Wales (also in 1822), Perth in 1829, Adelaide in 1839 and Victoria in 1840.

Issue Information
The five designs are issued in a variety of formats - sheets, miniature sheets, booklets and prestige booklets.

Issue Date: 23 March 2010 (more information)
Stamp Design: Stuart McLachlan and John White
Printer: McKellar (more information)
Printing Process: Lithography (more information)
Stamp Size: 26 mm x 37.5 mm
Designs: 55c Prize bull
55c Cake decorating
55c Horse competition
55c Wood chopping
55c Dog show
Usage: 55c Small letter rate within Australia (details)

Gummed Sheet Stamps
The five gummed stamps are issued in se-tenant strips of five within sheets of 50 and miniature sheets.

Come to the Show Strip
Sheet stamps

Gum: Ordinary gum
Paper: Tullis Russell (incorporating phosphor) (more information)
Issued In: Sheets of 50 (2 panes of 25 (5 x 5) with illustrated gutter) (more information)
Miniature sheet of 5 (5 x 1) (more information)
Stamp Size: 26 mm x 37.5 mm
Perforations: Comb perforated 13¾ x 14½ (more information)

Gummed Gutter Strips
The gutter strip features rosettes, each with part of one of the stamp designs.

Gutter strip
Gutter strip

Gummed Miniature Sheets
Accompanying the sheet stamps is a miniature sheet featuring pig races, carnival rides and clowns in the selvedge. The miniature sheet stamps are identical to the sheet stamps.

Miniature sheet
Miniature sheet

Gum: Ordinary gum
Paper: Tullis Russell (incorporating phosphor) (more information)
Mini. Sheet Size: 170 mm x 85 mm
Perforations: Comb perforated 13¾ x 14½ (more information)

Gummed Prestige Booklet Panes
The prestige booklet accompanying this issue contained each stamp in a block of four. The prestige booklet stamps are the same as the sheet stamps.

First pane Second pane

Third pane Fourth pane

Fifth pane
Prestige booklet panes (click on each pane for an enlargement)
Unusually the last pane has a page number, whereas the others don't!

Booklet Pane Size: 156 mm x 104 mm

Gummed Prestige Booklets
The prestige booklet contained the above five panes of four.

Prestige Booklet
Prestige booklet

Booklet Size: 156 mm x 104 mm
Contents: Five panes containing five blocks of four
Selling Price: $12.95

Self-adhesive Booklet Stamps
The five designs will also be released in a self-adhesive booklet of ten stamps.

Self-adhesive stamps
Self-adhesive stamps

Gum: Self-adhesive
Paper: B100 (with phosphor tagging along top and light areas) (more information)
Issued In: Booklets of 10 (5 x 2) (more information)
Stamp Size: 26 mm x 37.5 mm
Perforations: Die-cut 11½ (interrupted) x 11¼ (more information)

Self-adhesive Booklets
Booklets are distributed to post offices in chequebooks of 20 booklets. These are not listed on this website.

Self-adhesive booklet
Booklet layout

Self-adhesive booklet
Booklet cover (Philatelic booklet)

Self-adhesive booklet
Booklet cover (General booklet)

Booklet size: 61 mm x 85 mm (folded)
Barcodes: 9312650379827 (philatelic booklet)
9312650224158 (general booklet)

Postal Stationery
Five maximum cards accompany this issue, each showing an enlarged image of the attached stamp.

Maximum cards
Maximum cards

Maximum Cards
Size: 146 mm x 104 mm
Selling Price: $6.50 (set of 5)
Stamp Imprint: Three bars (picture)

Issue Summary
The table below summarises the above information. The cost of each item is given, along with a total for each section. In some cases the stamps are only available from self-adhesive booklets (sold at face value), or from prestige booklets, souvenir sheets or folders (sold above face value).

Item and Description Cost
For the General Collector
Gummed sheet stamps
Horizontal se-tenant strip (5 x 55c)

Miniature sheets
Miniature sheet

Self-adhesive stamps
5 values from booklet (5 x 55c)




Total $11.00
For the Specialised Collector
Gutter Strips
Gutter strip of 10 (with Rosettes)

Blocks, pairs and strips
Blocks of 4 from prestige booklet panes

Booklet panes
5 panes from prestige booklet

Booklets with philatelic barcode
Booklets with general barcode
Prestige booklet

Postal stationery
Maximum cards






Total $61.85
Grand Total $72.85

Australia Post, Australian Stamp Bulletin, No. 303, March-April 2010

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