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03 February 2004
2/2004
Commemorative Issue

Tasmania 1804-2004

Australia
This issue commemorates the February 1804 settlement of Hobart Town. The stamps and miniature sheet use the John Glover painting Mount Wellington and Hobart Town from Kangaroo Point; an Olegas Truchanas photograph, Mountains upon mountains; the heritage listed homestead

Mount Wellington and Hobart Town from Kangaroo Point  

Mount Wellington and Hobart Town from Kangaroo Point

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This John Glover painting symbolises the early stage of European settlement (from 1804 to 1840) and south-east Tasmania.

John Glover (1767-1849), one of Australia

Mountains upon mountains - South-West Tasmania  

Mountains upon mountains - South-West Tasmania

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This Olegas Truchanas photograph symbolises the twentieth century and the wilderness so notable in south-west Tasmania.

Olegas Truchanas (1923-1972) was one of the first Europeans to realise the primal beauty of Tasmania

Cheshunt House  

Cheshunt House

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This homestead near Deloraine in Tasmania

Shell necklace - Phasianotrochus bellulus  

Shell necklace - Phasianotrochus bellulus

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This necklace is used to symbolise northeast Tasmania and reflect the continuity of Aboriginal communities and cultural practices.

Shell necklace making is one of the few surviving traditional Aboriginal cultural practices in Tasmania and only a handful of Aboriginal women still actively make the necklaces. Their work can be seen in galleries and museums in Tasmania and the mainland.

The shells are precious, particularly the mother-of-pearl maireener shells that are now in short supply. (Necklace from the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston. Photograph by John Leeming.)

Technical Information

Issue date....................... 3 February 2004
Denominations................ Two x 50c, two x $1.00)
Designer ........................ Lynda Warner, Hobart
Stamp size...................... 37.5 x 26 mm
Perforations (all).............. 13.86 x 14.60
Printer (all)...................... SNP Sprint
Paper (all)) ..................... Tullis Russell
Printing process .............. Lithography
Sheet layout.................... Modules of 50 in two panes of 25
National postmark ........... Hobart TAS 7000

Additional Online Information

Official Site:  Australian Heritage Commission
Official Site:  Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
Official Site:  Tasmania online
Official Site:  Tasmanian Museuem and Art Gallery
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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