The Magic Rainforest is a new Australian fantasy written for Australia Post by well-known author, John Marsden; and beautifully illustrated by Heather Potter and Mark Jackson.
This fantasy tells the story of Sam and his friend, Naomi's travels in the magic rainforest. They are on a quest to find a magic spring hidden deep in the Australian bush, where the purest water on Earth runs from a crack between rocks. The water is for Sam's grandfather who is ill and longs for a taste of the purest water on Earth.
Along their journey, Sam and Naomi encounter the Bunyip, Fairy, Gnome, Goblin, Wizard and Sprite - all being featured in this stamp issue in the same sequence.
Date of Issue : 25 Sep 2002
Postmark : Bunyip 3815 VIC
Denomination : 6 x 45c
Stamp Size : 26mm x 37.5mm
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Lithography
A LIL' NOTE
Stamp Collecting Month was established in 1993 as a way to introduce children on the hobby of stamp collecting. Themes chosen are highly attractive and interesting to children, while at the same time being supported by parents and encourage educational activities suitable for school classes.
The Magic Rainforest is the theme for Australia's Stamp Collecting Month in 2002.
Following the great interest in fantasy generated by J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Ring, Australia Post looked for inspiration to the great tradition of Australian fantasies. The Magic Rainforest is hence created.