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Australia Issues New Lighthouse Postage Stamps

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The new Australian Lighthouse Postage Stamps.

This past July 7th the Australian Post issued four new lighthouse postage stamps to commemorate 100 years of the Commonwealth of Australia’s management of lighthouses. Prior this, the lighthouses were under the management of the individual states.

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The 1901 Cape Byron Lighthouse receives 1.2 ...
Photo by: John Ibbotson

Australian Post philatelic manager Michael Zsolt said, “The Commonwealth maintenance of the lighthouse service is vital and this centenary year marks an important milestone. We trust this stamp issue will resonate with those who appreciate these prominent structures, their history, and the service they provide.”

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The 1895 Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is located where ...

The four lighthouses shown on the new postage stamps are the Cape Byron Lighthouse in New South Wales, the Cape Leewin Lighthouse in Western Australia, the North Reef Lighthouse in Queensland, and the Tasman Island Lighthouse in Tasmania.

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Although the 1906 Tasman Island Lighthouse is 95 ...
Photo by: John Ibbotson

All of the new lighthouse stamps were designed from photos taken by long-time Lighthouse Digest subscriber John Ibbotson. To learn more about John Ibbotson’s lighthouse photos and books, go to www.lighthouses.com.au.

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The 1878 North Reef Lighthouse was staffed for ...
Photo by: John Ibbotson

To celebrate the 100th Anniversary event, a luncheon was held that was attended by 300 people, which was the largest gathering of lighthouse aficionados in Australia to date.

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John Ibbotson (l) presents a framed Australian ...

This story appeared in the Sep/Oct 2015 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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