2012 Centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition Stamp and Coin Cover
This is the second in a four-year program celebrating the centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE), under the command of Douglas Mawson. The AAE left Hobart in December 1911 and returned to Adelaide in February 1914. The series comprises a 20-stamp sheetlet to be released in 2014 and made up of five stamps issued each year until 2014.
The stamps follow the same design style across the four years and feature a combination of images depicting the environment, the men, their work and their lives so that by the conclusion of the series there will be a comprehensive mosaic of this extraordinary feat of exploration. The overarching theme for this year's issue is Arrival & Exploration and focuses on the activities of the AAE undertaken in 1912.
The SY Aurora, carrying the AAE, anchored a mile off Cape Denison in Commonwealth Bay in January 1912. Materials and supplies were unloaded and building of the main expedition base began immediately. The Main Hut and outbuildings at Cape Denison were among the fi rst structures to be erected on the continent and are recognised as Historic monuments by the Antarctic Treaty Parties. Another base was established further to the west, leaving 18 men under Commander Douglas Mawson at Cape Denison and an eight-man party under Frank Wild on the Shackleton Ice Shelf. It was from these base camps that the men of the AAE spent two years exploring the frozen continent's unknown interior.
|Manufacturer||Royal Australian Mint|
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