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04 April 2002
6/2002
Joint Issue

Flinders-Baudin Bicentenary - Australia-France Joint Issue

Australia
Amid the rivalry of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (1792-1815) France and Britain sponsored voyages of discovery to Australia, then New Holland. Led by naval captains Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders, both expeditions carried safe-conducts protecting them from seizure by ships of the opposing navies.

Between 1801 and 1803 Baudin and Flinders filled in most of the gaps on the map of what was then New Holland. The two crossed paths on 8 April 1802 at Encounter Bay, near the South Australian coast. The stamps of this joint issue commemorate this meeting.


The encounter
Heading east on 8 April 1802 Flinders and the men of the Investigator sighted the French ship, the Geographe, sailing west. Although this encounter ended his hopes to be the first to map the entire southern coast of the continent, Flinders was able to claim that Baudin

Charles-Alexandre Lesueur (1778-1846)  

Charles-Alexandre Lesueur (1778-1846)

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Nominally an assistant gunner on the French expedition Baudin recruited Lesueur expecting to put the gunner

Ferdinand Bauer (1760-1826)  

Ferdinand Bauer (1760-1826)

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In 1801 Sir Joseph Banks recruited Bauer

Technical Information

Issue date ..........................4 April 2002
Denominations....................One x 45, one x $1.50
Designer ............................Brian Sadgrove, Melbourne
Printer ................................SNP Ausprint
Paper ................................De La Rue HS8
Stamp size..........................37.5 x 26 mm
Perforations ........................18.86 14.6
Special feature....................Decorative 45c gutter
Sheet layout........................Modules of 50, two panes of 25
National postmark ..............Victor Harbor SA 5211
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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