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08 March 2005
4/2005
Commemorative Issue

Sports Treasures

Australia
The collecting of sporting memorabilia is a very popular pastime in Australia, a sports loving nation. As with all collecting, it is not what the object is that is important, but what it stands for and the promise it contains. Like holy relics, the objects in a collection connect us with another world.

In the case of sporting memorabilia, it is a world of genius and achievement; of both success and perfect moments. Ordinary objects can become iconic through their association with a great moment or person.

The stamps evoke the magic of four great Australian sporting champions - Sir Donald Bradman, Lionel Rose, Phar Lap and Marjorie Jackson. They feature valued objects associated with each imbued with the greatness of their wearers; tangible reminders of the training, the effort, the skill and shear brilliance of their performances.

Marjorie Jackson  

Marjorie Jackson's running spikes

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Marjorie Jackson (the "Lithgow Flash") became Australia's first female gold medallist in track and field when she won the 100 metre and 200 metre sprint double at the Helsinki Olympic Games in 1952.

The stamp features her custom-made kangaroo skin running spikes which are also housed at the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum, MCG, Melbourne.

Phar Lap  

Phar Lap's racing silks

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Phar Lap, racing champion of the Depression era, has entered the nation's psyche. The big thoroughbred, now the most popular exhibit at Museum Victoria, became a national celebrity after hitting his stride as a three year old.

The racing silks on the stamp are in the colours of the trainer Harry Telford. They are reproduced courtesy of Museum Victoria.

Sir Donald Bradman  

Sir Donald Bradman's 'baggy green'

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"The Don" was Australia's greatest cricketer and his shill was astonishing. He so outclassed his contemporaries that competitors had to devise new tactics to try and counter his genius.

On the stamp is Bradman's 1936-37 "baggy green", his first as captain of the Australian Cricket Team. The cap is from the Bradman Museum in Bowral.

Lionel Rose  

Lionel Rose's boxing gloves

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Lionel Rose became a national hero when he defeated Fighting Harada in Tokyo in 1968. With that win came the World Bantamweight title.

Rose's boxing gloves from that fight feature on the stamp and are reproduced courtesy of the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum, MCG, Melbourne.

Technical Information

Issue Date: 2005-03-08
FDI Withdrawal Date: 2005-04-06
Denominations: 2 x 50c, 2 x $1.00
Designer: Sean Pethick, Spark Studio
Printer: SNP Sprint
Paper: Tullis Russell
Printing Process: Lithography
Size: 26mm x 37.5mm
Performations: 14.6 x 13.86
Sheet Layout: Modules of 50
National Postmark: East Melbourne, VIC 3002
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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