Australia 2001 Centenary of Federation

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  • Issue Date: 1 January 2001
  • Designed by: Asprey DiDonato Design
  • Printed by: SNP Ausprint
  • Print Process: Lithography
  • Withdrawal date: 31 January 2002


Description[edit]

This issue continues the series begun with the Towards Federation stamp issue. These stamps focus on events surrounding the inauguration of the new Commonwealth of Australia. The historical images used convey a sense of the occasion and include photographs of the events, invitations to events and official documents.

The designer has taken an historical approach, focusing on the events of 1 January 1901. The design has a celebratory feel, capturing the enthusiasm and sense of hope that pervaded events; the notion that Australia was beginning a great new adventure.


Stamps[edit]

Sheet Stamps[edit]

  • Format: sheets of 50 (two panes of 25 separated by gutter)

49c Federation Arch Stamp[edit]

  • Stamp Size: 26 mm x 37.5 mm
  • Perforations: 14½ x 14

This stamp shows the inauguration parade passing through the Wheat Arch and down Bridge Street in Sydney. The foreground image is a detail from an official programme cover.

49c Federation Arch

49c Edmund Barton Stamp[edit]

  • Stamp Size: 26 mm x 37.5 mm
  • Perforations: 14½ x 14

This stamp shows the first Prime Minister, Edmund Barton, taking the oath in the pavilion of Centennial Park. The background shows the pavilion and crowds.

49c Edmund Barton

Se-tenant Pair[edit]

Se-tenant pair x 49c

$2 National Celebrations Stamp[edit]

  • Stamp Size: 50 mm x 30 mm
  • Perforations: 14 x 14½

This stamp shows detail from official programme covers. The words ‘Australia Forever’ are from a song written at the time. The photograph is of a picnic group at Bunter Creek above Whipstick Station, White Cliffs on 1 January 1901.

$2 National Celebrations

$2 State Banquet Stamp[edit]

  • Stamp Size: 30 mm x 50 mm
  • Perforations: 14 x 14½

This stamp shows the cover of the invitation to a State Banquet held in Sydney Town Hall. The background features a photograph of the banquet itself.

$2 State Banquet


Self-adhesive Stamps[edit]

  • Perforations: serpentine die cut 11½ x 11
  • Format: booklets of 10

Single Stamps[edit]

49c Federation Arch
49c Edmund Barton

Booklet[edit]

$4.90 booklet cover
Booklet pane of 10 x 49c se-tenant


Miniature Sheet[edit]

  • Perforations: 14½
  • Miniature Sheet Size: 73 mm x 166 mm

The background of the miniature sheet features the inauguration parade passing through the Wheat Arch and down Bridge Street and a line drawing of Federation Pavilion, Centennial Park.

Miniature Sheet of 4 values


First Day Covers[edit]

First day of issue postmark in red ink

The first day of issue postmark was Sydney NSW 2000. A version in red ink was available for collectors' first day covers from the general post offices in Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra. An official first day cover for the self-adhesive varieties was not produced.

First day cover - sheet stamps
First day cover - miniature sheet

Maximum Cards[edit]

49c Federation Arch maximum card
49c Edmund Barton maximum card
$2 National Celebrations maximum card
$2 State Banquet maximum card


Presentation Pack[edit]

Presentation pack front cover
Presentation pack - 4 values and miniature sheet