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02 October 2001
18/2001
Commemorative Issue

Wild Babies

Australia
It

Jumping high  

Jumping high

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A leaping mother wallaby, joey in pouch, encourages her young wallaby to hang on tight as she makes her ascent. Beside her an echidna urges her baby on as he clings to the ladder beside a little platypus.

James Wombat  

James Wombat

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Mother wombat does her best to help James up the ladder. Wombats are ground-dwelling animals and efficient burrowers. They are not at their best when it comes to climbing trees!

Possum party  

Possum party

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A ring-tailed possum, her baby clinging to her back, swings down to join the party. Two other small ring-tailed possums are already feasting on the treats.

Bilby gifts  

Bilby gifts

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The little bilbies gather together with their gifts at the foot of the big gum tree. With them are Joshua Crocodile and Emma Emu. One little koala, having slipped on his way up, plummets head over heels back to earth.

Bush musicians  

Bush musicians

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Screeching loudly, a young sulphur-crested cockatoo and his father dance a jig to the music of the Bilby and Antechinus bush band.

Kevin  

Kevin

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The hero of the day, Kevin Koala, enjoys his special birthday feast. How will he ever return to a diet of plain gum leaves?

Technical Information

Issue date ..........................................2 October 2001
Denominations ..............................................Six x 45c
Illustrator ............................Roland Harvey, Melbourne
Designer ....................Lisa Christensen, Australia Post Design Studio
Printer (all) ..............................................SNP Ausprint
Paper (gummed) ..........................................De La Rue
Paper (self-adhesive roll) ................................JAC B90
Paper (self-adhesive booklet) ..........................JAC 100
Stamp size (all)........................................26 x 37.5 mm
Perforations (all gummed) ........................14.6 x 13.86
Sheet layout ..................Two sheets, three designs each
Two sheets of 50 stamps, in two panes of 25
National postmark ..........................Gumdale QLD 4154
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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