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Australia

Stamps issued: 1913-PRESENT

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2sh-6p brown Aborigine single

An island continent between the Pacific and Indian oceans, southeast of Asia. British settlement began in the late 18th century, with six colonies developing — New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania. Each of these states initially issued its own stamps. These colonies united to form the Commonwealth of Australia on Jan. 1, 1901, although each continued to issue its own stamps for a number of years. Australia has rich natural resources and, since World War II, has developed into one of the major economic powers of the region. It has maintained close ties with the United States since 1945, although in recent years Japan has replaced the United States as Australia's main economic partner. Australia administers a number of island groups in the South Pacific and plays a leading role in the region.

Narrative by Linn's Stamp News

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2-pound Kangaroo and Map single
 

Precedent Countries:


NEW SOUTH WALES
Stamps issued: 1850-1907

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2sh6p Consumptive Home single
 

QUEENSLAND
Stamps issued: 1859-1901

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£1 Queen Victoria single
 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Stamps issued: 1855-1912

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2 1/2p Kangaroo single
 

TASMANIA
Stamps issued: 1855-1912

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5p Lake St. Clair single
 

VICTORIA
Stamps issued: 1850-1912

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6p Victoria single
 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Stamps issued: 1854-1912

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1p Swan single

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