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Tuesday, 29 July 2008 (18/2008)

Commemorative Issue: 150 Year of Australian Football

Earliest engraving of an Australian game of football

Emigrants to the Colony of Victoria brought with them a variety of approaches to playing football from their schools and towns in England, Ireland and Scotland. Thus Australian football had its evolutionary beginnings in the 1850s in scratch matches (games without standard rules) played in Melbourne parks on holidays.

By 1858 some of these games were advertised or recorded in local newspapers or diaries. From these records we know that on 5 June 1858 Melbourne Grammar School won a game of football against St Kilda Grammar, on 31 July 1858 a scratch match between young men was arranged by the local publican Jerry Bryant near the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and the boys from Melbourne Grammar played against a group of men from St Kilda.


copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.

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Country Issue Date Code Issue Type Issue Title Values
Australia 17 Mar 2015 7 Definitive Issue Australian Trees 4 values 70c, 1.40$, 2.10$, 2.10$
17 Mar 2015 7 Miniature Sheet Australian Trees - Minisheet 1 value 6.30$
03 Mar 2015 6 Commemorative Issue Tourist Transport 4 values , 70c, 70c, 70c, 70c
Cocos (Keeling) Islands 24 Mar 2015 1 Definitive Issue Islands Visiting Birds 4 values 70c, 70c, 70c, 70c
Cyprus 02 Apr 2015 4 Definitive Issue Cypriot Dishes - Sweets 3 values 0,34€, 0,41€, 1,88€
02 Apr 2015 3 Definitive Issue Joint Issue Cyprus - Armenia 1 value 0,64€
02 Apr 2015 2 Miniature Sheet 60th Anniversary of the EOKA Liberation Struggle 1 value 2,00€
Greece 30 Mar 2015 3 Definitive Issue Railways of Greece 4 values 0,20€, 0,72€, 0,80€, 2,50€
Norway 16 Apr 2015 4 Commemorative Issue Anders B. Wilse 150 Years 4 values A INNLAND, 14.00Kr, 16.00Kr, 20.00Kr
10 Apr 2015 4 Commemorative Issue Halden 350 Years 1 value 20,00Kr

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