Friday, May 3, 2013

Maritime Links - Australia and Canada


A special souvenir miniature sheet, featuring the Marco Polo, issued by both Australia Post and Canada Post, to celebrate the maritime links between Australia and Canada.

Built in 1851 in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, the Marco Polo made a record 68-day voyage from Mersey, England to Melbourne. Sailing time was cut by half, and this accomplishment led to the prosperity of the Canadian shipbuilding industry during the 1850s and 1860s.

TECHNICAL DETAILS - AUSTRALIA STAMP

Date of Issue : 15 Jan 1998
Postmark : Melbourne VIC 3000
Denomination : 85c
Stamp Size : 30mm x 30mm
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Offset lithography

TECHNICAL DETAILS - CANADA STAMP

Date of Issue : 19 Mar 1999
Postmark : Saint John, New Brunswick
Denomination : 46c
Stamp Size : 40mm x 32mm

A LIL' NOTE

As the miniature sheet was printed in Canada, the perforations for the Australia stamp is different from the stamp version issued in 1998.

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