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Macquarie Station PostmarkThe Australian/Briton Frederick Hasselborough accidently discovered Macquarie Island in July 1810, while looking for new sealing grounds. He claimed it for Britain and it was annexed by the colony of New South Wales, and was named after its governor Lachlan Macquarie. Macquarie Island is well known as a wildlife sanctuary, and came under the administration of the Australian Antarctic Territory in 1947. It was recognised as a World Heritage Site in 1997.

Macquarie Island and its wildlife have featured on a number of AAT stamps. The current postmark for the island (top right) shows a pair of Royal Penguins. The Research Station issue of 2002 (bottom right), shows the position of Macquarie Island in relation to Australia - the island is actually closer to New Zealand, then it is to Australia!

2002 Research StampThe release date for this issue has changed a number of times. The initial date of issue was 29 June, the day after the (then proposed) 60c rate rise. The issue date was then changed to 22 June in Stamp Bulletin No. 304. However, soon after the ACCC approved the 60c rate rise, the issue date was changed to 26 October. Australia Post has confirmed this is because of the rate rise, and to allow time to print the stamps with 60c/$1.20 values. They have also confirmed that no 55c/$1.10 version of the stamps have been printed.

Issue Information
Until we see the September-October Stamp Bulletin it is assumed that stamps of the same value will be printed in se-tenant pairs.

Issue Date: 26 October 2010 (more information)
Stamp Design: Adam Crapp
Printer: McKellar Renown (more information)
Printing Process: Lithography (more information)
Gum: Ordinary gum
Paper: Tullis Russell (incorporating phosphor) (more information)
Issued In: Sheets of 50 (2 panes of 25 (5 x 5) with traffic lights in gutter) (more information)
Miniature sheet of 4 (2 x 2) (more information)
Stamp Size: 35 mm x 35 mm
Perforations: Comb perforated 14¼ (more information)
Designs: 60c Macquarie Island Cabbage Flower
60c Southern Elephant Seal
$1.20 Caroline Cave
$1.20 Mawson Point Stacks
Usage: 60c Small letter rate within Australia (details)
$1.20 Large letter rate within Australia (up to 125 grams) (details)

Gummed Sheet Stamps
The 60c and $1.20 stamps will be issued in se-tenant pairs - the stamps will not be issued in strips of four.

Macquarie Island stamps
Stamps showing 60c and $1.20 values

Macquarie Island first day cover
First day cover showing pairs of stamps (with 55c and $1.10 values)

Gummed Miniature Sheets
Miniature sheets show the position of Macquarie Island in relation to Australia and Antarctic, and include a unique block of four.

The sheet's height of 85 mm means that the miniature sheet does not need to be cut down for first day covers.

Miniature sheet
Miniature sheet

Mini. Sheet Size: 160 mm x 85 mm

Postal Stationery
Four maximum cards will be released showing images related to the stamps.

Maximum Cards Maximum Cards
Maximum Cards

Maximum Cards
Size: 146 mm x 104 mm
Selling Price: $6.60 (TBC) (set of 4)
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 pairs (2 x 60c, 2 x $1.20)

Miniature sheets
Miniature sheet



Total $7.20
For the Specialised Collector
Blocks, pairs and strips
Se-tenant block of 4 from miniature sheet

Postal stationery
Maximum cards



Total $10.20
Grand Total $17.40

Australia Post, Australian Stamp Bulletin, No. 265, June-July 2002, No. 273, January-February 2004, No. 304, May-June 2010, No. 305, July-August 2010.
Wikipedia, Macquarie Island, accessed 10 April 2010

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