Set of Centenary of First England to Australia Flight stamps

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Set of Centenary of First England to Australia Flight stamps

20390671
$ 4. 20
This set of stamps contains teh two stamps from the Centenary of First England to Australia Flight stamp issue. View details
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This set of stamps contains teh two stamps from the Centenary of First England to Australia Flight stamp issue.

The $1 stamp features a photograph, from the State Library of South Australia, of Captain Ross Smith, Lieutenant Keith Smith, and Sergeants James Bennett and Walter Shiers, in front of their Vickers Vimy.

Hundreds of covers were carried on board the first England to Australia flight, some from England and others deposited at various points along the route. Once the letters arrived in Melbourne, a special stamp-like label was applied as well as a date stamp. Ross Smith had requested a ‘special stamp’ in honour of the epic journey. Instead, a stamp-like label, without a denomination, was produced. It was designed by Lieutenant George Benson, an official war artist at Gallipoli and the Western Front.

Background information, technical details and gallery images on the Centenary of First England to Australia Flight stamp issue are available on the Australia Post Collectables website.

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