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18 May 2004
8/2004
Commemorative Issue

Australian Innovations

Australia
Indigenous Australians devised unique tools, such as the boomerang and woomera, to assist in hunting. The early European settlers invented tools and equipment to help them work the land

Black Box Flight Recorder - 1961  

Black Box Flight Recorder - 1961

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In 1953 Dave Warren, a chemist at the Aeronautical Research Laboratory in Melbourne, was involved in the investigation into the mysterious crash of the Comet, the world

Ultrasound Imaging - 1976  

Ultrasound Imaging - 1976

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In the 1960s it was known that X-rays could damage unborn babies and that it would be safer to produce images using ultrasound. But images produced from ultrasound were not clear enough to be useful. George Kossoff and colleagues at the Ultrasonics Institute (then part of the Commonwealth Health Department, later transferred to the CSIRO) pioneered the use of ultrasound in medical diagnosis. They made a technical breakthrough called

Racecam TV Sport Coverage - 1979  

Racecam TV Sport Coverage - 1979

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Channel 7 revolutionised television sports coverage during the 1979 Bathurst 1000 with racecam, a compact, fixed, forward-looking camera mounted in a car to give viewers at home a driver

Baby Safety Capsule - 1984  

Baby Safety Capsule - 1984

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In the 1970s legislation made the wearing of car seat belts compulsory and special restraints for children were introduced quickly. But it wasn

Polymer Banknotes - 1988  

Polymer Banknotes - 1988

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The first polymer banknote was issued in January 1988 to celebrate the bicentenary of European settlement. The note was the culmination of almost 20 years of collaboration between the Reserve Bank of Australia and the CSIRO. The notes were developed to improve the security and durability of Australia

Technical Information

Issue date....................... 18 May 2004
Denominations................ Five x 50c
Designer ........................ Mike Heine Design
Stamp size...................... 37.5 x 26 mm
Perforations.................... 13.86 x 14.6
Printer (all)...................... SNP Sprint
Paper (gummed) ............. Tullis Russell
Paper (booklets) .............. B/O 100
Sheet layout.................... Modules of 50 in two panes of 25
National postmark ........... Canberra ACT 2600
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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