|Key: ||1660 |
|Issued: ||1889 Stamps / end of 1999|
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|Area - 7,682,300 sq.km; Population - 19,357,000; Capital - Canberra
A Federal State, the largest island and smallest continent in the world, located
in Oceania, southern Pacific Ocean. A highly developed industrial and
agricultural country, rich in minerals, economy based on mining, livestock,
exporting metals, wheat, wool and meat.
In 1901 the former five colonies of GREAT BRITAIN (U.K.) on Australian territory, namely
NEW SOUTH WALES, VICTORIA, QUEENSLAND, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
together with the island colony of TASMANIA conjoined to form the Commonwealth
of Australia. Now a self-governing member of the British Commonwealth.
Australia is also owner of several external territories, namely NORFOLK ISLAND,
COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS and CHRISTMAS ISLAND in the Pacific Ocean, also known
as the Northern Territories, and AUSTRALIAN ANTARCTIC TERRITORY in Antarctica.
First Australian stamps issued in 1902, without name of country. Until 1913 each
colony had its own stamps and since than stamps of Australia were in use.
Indirect UPU membership from October 1st, 1891 as a British colony, direct since
October 1st, 1907 as Australia. Annual output about 80.
|no country name|
O S overprinted on stamps of Australia
O S perforated on stamps of Australia
Postage Due Stamps
|12 Pence = 1 Shilling
20 Shillings = 1 Pound
100 Cents = 1 Dollar (1966)
Great Britain (u.k.)
New South Wales
Cocos (keeling) Islands
Australian Antarctic Territory