Australia stamps and postal history of has two identifiable periods, the first covering the ‘Australian States’ and the latter, from 1913, when the newly formed Commonwealth of Australia stamps were inscribed ‘Australia’. A kangaroo was incorporated into the design of the first Australia stamps, in order to demonstrate this new level of independence. The story of the ‘Kangaroo and Map’ is as fascinating. Politically motivated intrigue accompanied the design contest, as a result the first British Empire postage stamps not to show a profile of a reigning British monarch.
The George V “Heads” were introduced later in 1913, placating those critical of the absence of a British monarch. They are amongst the most carefully studied stamps in world philately, havings a wide array of colours, watermarks and also flaws. This issue arguably includes the rarest Australia stamp being a tete-beche pair of the 1930 2d golden scarlet.
Other significant Australian definitive and commemorative stamps, include the original and later “Laughing Kookaburra” issues. The 1932 Sydney Harbour Bridge set of three included one disproportionately high value 5/- stamp (the average weekly wage being £9!). In addition the ‘modern classic’ 1950 8½d Aborigine “One Pound Jimmy” stamp. Australia was also at the forefront of the first airmail flights. Covers from the 1920s and early 1930s are keenly collected.